martes, 14 de junio de 2016
The 8 reasons why teens experiment with drugs and alcohol
There is only one reason why teens use drugs and drink. Dr. Neil I. Bernstein in his book How to keep your child teenager out of trouble and what to do if you are unable to do so, details some of the central themes and influences that are behind the consumption of drugs and alcohol among adolescents. It is important that you, as a parent, understand these reasons and talk to their children about the dangers of drinking and using drugs.
1. Other people - teens come to many people using various substances. They look to their parents and other adults drinking alcohol, smoking, and sometimes abusing other substances. In addition, frequently teens social scene revolves around drinking and smoking marijuana. Some friends are pressed together to try drinks or smoking something, but it is equally common to adolescents begin to use any substance because it is easily available, in addition to see all his friends enjoying it. In their minds, they see drug use as a normal part of the experience of being a teenager.
2. Popular media - the forty-seven percent of teens agreed that films and television programs make it seem that it is OK to use drugs, according to a study that was carried out in the year 2011. Then, it is not surprising that children from 12 to 17 years of age who viewed three or more films rated "R" per month, were seven times more likely to smoke cigarettes, six times more likely to use marijuana, and five times more likely to drink alcohol, compared to those who did not see movies rated "R".
3. Leak and self-medication - when teens feel unhappy and can not find a healthy outlet for their frustrations or someone you trust to talk to, may use chemical substances for comfort. Depending on what you use, they can feel blissfully unaware, wonderfully happy or full of energy and confidence. The teenage years are often difficult and may have an emotional toll on children, sometimes even reaching cause depression, so when teens the opportunity to take something that makes them feel better, many cannot resist.
4. Boredom - teens who cannot tolerate being alone, which have trouble keeping busy or long for the strong emotions, are the main candidates for drug abuse. Not only alcohol and marijuana give them something to do, but that these substances help to fill the internal emptiness they feel. Moreover, they provide a common basis to interact with other similar youth - a way to establish instant links with a group of children.
1. Rebellion - teenage different rebels choose to use different substances based on their personalities. Alcohol is the drug of choice for the teenager who feels anger, because it frees him to behave aggressively. Methamphetamine also fosters aggressive, violent behavior, and can be much more dangerous and powerful than alcohol. Marijuana, on the other hand, often seems to reduce aggression and is more a drug of evasion. LSD and hallucinogens are also escape drugs, often used by teenagers who feel misunderstood and yearn to escape to a more idealistic and friendly world. Cigarette smoking can be a form of rebellion to flaunt their independence and make their parents get angry. The reasons why teens use drugs are as complex as they are teens themselves.
2. Gratification - drugs and alcohol work quickly. The initial effects are very good. Teens turn to drugs because they see them as a shortcut, in the short term, to happiness.
3. Missing of confidence - many shy teens who trust missing indicate that while they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol make things that otherwise would not dare to do. This is part of the appeal that have drugs and alcohol to teens who have confidence in themselves; It gives them value stops to dance even if they are not good dancers, or singing at full lungs although his voice is terrible, or dare to kiss the girl that they like. And the alcohol and other drugs not only tend to relax your inhibitions, but to relieve social anxiety. Not only have something in common with other persons to his round, but that there is the mentality that if done or said something stupid, everyone will believe that it is because they took a few drinks more or that they smoked too much marijuana.
4. Misinformation - maybe the cause of substance abuse that most can be avoided is the incorrect information about drugs and alcohol. Almost all teenagers have friends that claim to be experts in various recreational substances, and who can assure them that the risks are minimal. Educate your teen about drug use to get to know the real facts about the dangers of drug use.