What Causes Teens to Engage in Substance Abuse?
Teen substance abuse continues to be a huge problem for society, parents and our young adults. There are many things that may cause a youth to turn to drugs and alcohol. Some of the things that may lead a teen down that path are outlined below. Peer pressure. This driver for teen substance abuse has been present for generations. Kids often succumb to peer pressure to try drugs or to get drunk. As was the case when your parents were teens and when you were in high school, many kids feel that they must drink or do drugs to fit in with the cool crowd. Some things really never do change. Experimentation and rebellion. Teens like to try out new things, especially those that their parents have adamantly warned them against. As drinking and drugs fall into that category, those teens who want to rebel are often quick to try both. What better way to go against the grain of their parents’ rules? Some teens are more interested in experimenting with drugs, in particular, to see what they are like.