There may be as many reasons why teens take drugs as there are teens taking drugs. Although it is unfortunate and counterproductive for them to take drugs it is hopefully just an experimentation or one-off situation, and hopefully it is done in a safe environment with safe articles. Moreover, if it is the use of marijuana then this ought to be considered acceptable as it is legal in many states and it has been shown to be medically curative for many issues, including cancer.
For longer term abusers of drugs, it is usually for at least one of the following three reasons:
- Coping mechanism. If the parents of the teen are fighting or arguing all of the time, if it is an unhappy home, if there was a crisis or trauma (such as the death of a family member, or rape or molestation) then the teen may seek out alternatives, such as drugs, to stay away from the other harmful situations.
- Social acceptance. This could be as a result of peer pressure or the teen seeking the attention that all teens crave.
- There are familial, psychological and genetic factors involved. Very often, if a parent abuses drugs then so will the child at some point in his or her life. If you had one addiction, such as smoking, and end it then the addictive personality will often resurrect itself in the form of drug abuse. Some people have a genetic predisposition to obesity which, when triggered, results in an addiction to eating and inadequate exercise. This addiction can also transfer to an addiction to drugs.
If your teen does have a long-term drug abuse problem and needs a drug rehab for teens then contact us. We cure the underlying problem.