It may seem easy to say no, but when a teen feels pressured and wants to fit in, most teens try the drugs in the end. Another form of peer pressure is reverse psychology. This is making it look good for you although it’s bad. If someone changes sides all of a sudden, a teen may change to the other side as well thinking it was their own idea. Greed, according to an electronic source, is another reason for drug abuse among teens, as they get others hooked and sell to them to pay for their own habit.
While some parents may feel relieved that their teen is “only” drinking, it is important to remember that alcohol is a powerful, mood-altering drug. Not only does alcohol affect the mind and body in unpredictable ways, but teens lack the judgment and coping skills to handle alcohol wisely. Some teenagers are brought up with the attitude that drinking is pure evil. But most of the time this just causes rebellious behavior and makes them want to try it even more, and once they try it they could possibly get addicted. According to associate professor Deborah Deas and assistant professor Suzanne Thomas from the Medical University of South Carolina, more senior high school students use alcohol than any other drug.
Teens see drugs so much in their daily lives they start to think that it is okay. Drugs are becoming more readily available for teen to gain access to. When teens get close to someone they will do almost anything to keep that person in their life, even if doing drugs is what it take, because it is hard to find someone to bond with and build a friendship with. Rebellion is another reason teens abuse drugs. Teenagers will go to a high extent just to rebel their parents or authority.
This makes them much more addictive because they’re everywhere. Although, painkiller addiction stems from teenagers to elders, teenagers are the most affected by this. Teens believe it is a safe way to get high, and marijuana is not safe. In fact, in a survey 50% of teens believed illegal street drugs were not as safe as taking prescription pain killers. This false assumption has led to thousands of addictions and numerous overdose fatalities because teens thought painkillers were safe.
Drug Addiction in Teenagers Drugs have been around for a long time and there are many different reasons for them. In particular, they have been misused by teenagers over the years, but in today’s society drug use is at its highest level. Young adults do not deal with their problems in a healthy way, instead they turn to drugs as a solution. Teens who abuse drugs hurt their loved ones and the people who care the most about them. Drugs impact the health of a young adult because they affect not only the physical development and the brain, but they also carry psychological implications.
Other drugs like Ecstasy is also very prevalent in the clubs. In addition, Inhalants, Cocaine and heroin are very popular with teenagers. The thing is, teenagers do not really see these drugs as being harmful or serious, because they still are not fully developed both mentally and physically. Although there is so much information about drugs, yet teenagers are still suffering the consequences of drug addictions. Today, we now know more about how drugs work in the brain and how the body react to this deadly addiction, therefore we can educate teenagers about the substance abuse.
Uncontrollable anger can be another result of an addiction to alcohol and there are many instances where teenagers create crimes. The most recent studies of the problem show that the two main causes for the deaths of those between fifteen and twenty four years old are road accidents and suicide. There are also a high proportion of teenagers whose addiction to alcohol has led them into taking drugs. The problem of teen addiction to alcohol can bring only disaster to the young people concerned and misery to their families an... ... middle of paper ... ...inking is against the law, teenagers do not perceive it as a bad thing as long as they are responsible and designate drivers. The good news is they do designate drivers.
Teens may be just as likely to resort to drugs with ‘speedy’ side effects, like Ritalin to help them study longer, as they are to use prescription painkillers to check out of reality. Pressures on teens are growing, to succeed in sports or to get high grades to get into a good college (Pressures on today’s teens, 2008, theantidrug). Furthermore, because prescriptions drugs are prescribed by doctors they are less likely to be seen as deleterious to teens’ health. A lack of awareness of the problem on the part of teens, parents and society in general, the over-medication of America, and the greater stresses and pressures put upon teens in the modern world have all conspired to create the growing problem of prescription drug abuse by teens. “The behavior, drug abuse prevention experts say, is notably different from the use of drugs like marijuana or cocaine…The goal for many young adults is not to get high but to feel better - less depressed, less stressed out, more focused, better rested.
The prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain that assess situations and helps make good decisions is still developing during adolescence (Comorbidity). This could be why substance use begins in a person’s teenage years. Many teenagers do not realize how harmful drugs are for them. Because the brain is going through so much change, it is common for a mental illness to develop in adolescence. Most teens with mental illness symptoms self medicate themselves by using drugs, however, this worsens t... ... middle of paper ... ... question.
Friends or parents” (Hamilton 1).There are numerous reasons teenagers experiment with tobacco products but peer pressure has been found to be the leading cause to addiction. A handful of teenagers fall under the influence of peer pressure each day, however causes of smoking can originate from several things such as stress, family influences, and curiosity. Adolescent teens make living above the influence nearly impossible, especially trying to fit in with the crowd. Many kids start smoking because they are pressured to try it. When beckoning to fit in with friends it is difficult to say no to peer pressure, and it is the sol... ... middle of paper ... ...es,J .Howard.”Teenage Smoking: Fact and Fiction.” American Enterprise 5.2 (1994):20.