Risks of Teen Substance Use
There are many risks associated with teen alcohol and drug use. that it can result in negative consequences like car accidents, personal injury and in some cases may even lead to addiction.
The brain is not fully developed until a person’s mid-20’s, making it more vulnerable to the impact of drinking and drug use. Alcohol and other drugs can damage the brain’s wiring, increasing the likelihood of learning difficulties and health problems in adulthood.
90% of Americans with a substance abuse problem started smoking, drinking
or using drugs before the age of 18.
What you can do:
- Assist your son or daughter in engaging in healthy activities and social circles.
- Teens are going to take risks, push boundaries and make mistakes. Help them find healthy ways to try new things, push limits and fail.
- Help your teen develop strong coping skills for life’s stressors.
- Model healthy behaviors. After a stressful day,try going for a walk, deep breathing or other healthy relaxation techniques.
- Acknowledge and positively reinforce decisions to not use drugs or alcohol.