How Addiction to Alcohol and Drugs Develops on teens
Teen substance use can advance rapidly, from experimenting use to abuse and addiction.
Teens try alcohol, cigarettes, chemicals, and other drugs for many reasons such as, to relax or feel good. But they also have other purpose for drug use, such as curiosity, rebellion against their parents, or seeking acceptance from their peer.
Commonly the first substance used by a teen is alcohol or cigarettes, and many times they are obtained from the teen's own home. Some parents experiment with these substances because at least the teen is not using drugs. But these substances are considered pathway drugs, because they can lead to the use of other drugs.
If experimentation begins before the age of 15, a teen is likely to continue and to develop problems caused by use of this drugs. Other things that make a teen likely to develop drug use problem include:
- Using a substance alone rather than in a peer group.
- Having untreated behavioral problems conditions.
At this stage, teens mostly seek opportunities to use the chosen substance or substances. Also, a teen may start to need more and more of the substance to achieve the same effect which lead to tolerance.
Commonly the first symptoms of drug abuse are school problems, such as a sudden increase in absent or getting low grades. The teen may also have problems at home, including quarrel with parents. Teens often give up activities that they enjoy in order to use the substance. Also, teens may use the substance in school or in situations that lead to legal problems. They may sell drugs as well as use them.