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- Teens have a lot to cope with. Their bodies and minds are changing dramatically and there is increased stress even in good homes. In homes where parents themselves are sources of great stress, it’s even worse.
- Teens need help, and if there is not a strong support network, teens will feel like they have been left to their own devices, which can make it difficult to handle the challenges of growing up. In these situations, drugs and alcohol are seen by teens as a way to cope.
- Brain chemistry is a factor for addiction. Some people get hooked more easily than others. This is a genetic issue and is no one’s fault. But those who do have more addictive personalities because of their genetics must be extra careful to avoid drugs and alcohol.
- Over time, substance abuse can become an ingrained pattern that will change people’s brains, making them less aware of how the substances are damaging them.
- You are not alone. Many people struggle with addiction to substances or to bad habits. Don’t isolate yourself. Be open to help from others, whether friends, family, or professional counselors/therapists.
Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol or morphine or idealism. -Carl Jung