Why Teens Turn to Drug Abuse

If your teen is abusing drugs, it’s easy to be angry, frustrated, and to blame yourself. As your child’s guardian, your job is to teach them what’s healthy and what’s harmful.

Of course, every parent knows and expects teenage rebellion. Even if you’ve done your best to teach your kids the dangers of drugs, they still might experiment. This experimentation can spiral out of control into drug abuse.

Why are today’s teens so at-risk for drug abuse? We’re exploring some factors that contribute to drug and alcohol abuse among this generation.

Why Teens are Drawn to Drug Abuse

Increased Access and Exposure to Drugs

Teen drug use has increased as trends shift from street drugs to synthetics and prescription medications that are easy to obtain in the suburbs. Teenagers have more access to these sorts of drugs. Synthetics can be purchased in convenience stores. Prescription medications can be stolen from parents, borrowed from friends, or prescribed without any real need.

Self-Confidence Issues

Today’s teens are more exposed due to social media than any generation before them. As a result, there’s greater pressure to look and act a certain way. And you thought your high school years were bad. Studies have linked issues with self-confidence to drug use. Using drugs may bring a false sense of security and confidence to your teen at first, drug use can initiate a cycle of self-loathing and destructive behavior if perpetuated over time.

Pressure at School

Today’s teens are under a lot of pressure, such as:

  • Getting good grades;
  • Successfully balancing work, school, activities, and a social life;
  • Gaining acceptance to a good college; and
  • Earning scholarships so they won’t drown in student loans once they graduate.

The need and pressure for success can lead to drug abuse, particularly of prescription medications like Adderall.

Let Test Smartly Labs provide the peace of mind you need. Your teen’s choices are not your fault, but you can help them get back on the right track.

IF YOU ARE WORRIED THAT YOUR TEEN IS EXPERIMENTING WITH DRUGS, WE PROVIDE ACCURATE AND CONFIDENTIAL DRUG TESTING. CALL (816) 800-9699 OR CONTACT TEST SMARTLY LABSTODAY. YOU CAN MAKE AN APPOINTMENT AT ANY OF OUR 5 KANSAS CITY AREA LOCATIONS.

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