5 Main Reasons Why Teenager Start
Using Drugs – Ask Yourself First

 

While
it can be difficult to determine why a child might start using drugs, there are
usually some concrete reasons that you can find if you search hard enough.
Unfortunately, children are exposed to drugs on a regular basis on TV, at
school, at social activities, on the street and just about everywhere else.

 

Peer Pressure & the Desire to
Fit In

 

Of
course peer pressure seems to be one of the reasons children may decide to use
drugs
. While you may have had a great conversation with your child and they
know it is wrong to do drugs, they may use them anyway if they are running with
the wrong group of kids. The status quo is important with children, especially
teenagers. They need to feel like they fit in. This is one of the reasons that
they begin to use drugs, most of their schoolmates or social friends are using
drugs, and they want to fit in.

 

Using Drugs to Fight Boredom

 

Boredom
is another common reason why children resort to using drugs. In the absence of
an active social life that gives them a variety of different things to do such
as sports, exercise, or other hobbies, children become bored. Remember, TV and
video games are not necessarily a way to keep a child’s mind active and in fact,
can be detrimental to their overall development. Make sure your child has
plenty of school activities and activities outside of school as this often
gives them an opportunity to meet new friends that are also staying busy.

 

Hormones & Drugs

 

Emotionally
teenagers are extremely susceptible to a variety of very strong hormonal
influences. As their emotions rise and fall rather rapidly, often, they can
become involved in drugs due to emotional disturbances. Depression, fear,
frustration and often a feeling of being overwhelmed can bring a child to drug
use
.

 

Curiosity about Drugs

 

If
you speak to children or teenagers who have tried drugs and ask them why, one
of the most frequent responses is curiosity. Teenagers especially are out to
explore the world and find out how they feel about it. It is important that
they understand that curiosity is normal but good decisions need to be made
concerning that curiosity. Make sure that your child has as much educational
material concerning drugs as possible, and hopefully, they won’t let their
curiosity get the better of them.

 

"My Parents Use Drugs"

 

Unfortunately,
another reason children try drugs is that their parents use them or someone
else influential in their life uses them. This is probably one of the saddest
reasons a child begins to use drugs, trying to copy a role model. Make sure
that you are being a good rule model. And make sure that your child has good
role models around them instead of those that are giving them the impression
that doing drugs is okay.

 

There
are many reasons children begin to use drugs. Having a discussion of drug use
as to why other kids begin using drugs, what happens to them as their drug
addictions increase, and other types of educational materials can allow your
child to make good decisions. Remember, teenagers have a rough road ahead of
them and growing up is not easy, but it can be easier if they have someone to
look up to.

 

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