“Many teens try alcohol, tobacco, or drugs. Some teens try these substances only a few times and stop. Others can’t control their urges or cravings for them. This is substance abuse.”
According to the above WebMD article, teens use damaging substances to:
1. They want to fit in with friends or certain groups.
2. They like the way it makes them feel.
3. They believe it makes them more grown up.
The article says signs of abuse are:
1. Red eyes and health complaints, such as being overly tired. If your teen often uses over-the-counter eyedrops, he or she may be trying to cover up red eyes caused by smoking marijuana.
2. Less interest in school, a drop in grades, and skipping classes or school.
3. New friends who have little interest in their families or school activities.
4. Chemical-soaked rags or papers, which may mean that your teen is inhaling vapors. Other signs of this are paint or other stains on your teen’s clothing, hands, or face.
When I Was Doing Things
Back when I was young enough to do things, I was a church and youth leader in my spare time. In the area that I lived in Pennsylvania, and later in New Jersey, drugs among teenagers was a serious problem. One of my friends said about his son that he was a good student and easy to get along with, a great contributor to the family but when he got into drugs, all that ended.
One young man who had been inactive in the church, since his dad died prematurely, came into my office and told me about his drug abuse problems which led him into many nefarious activities. I told him after the third session that was enough, to get off his past and to get on with his future.
I made him a youth leader and we brought all of the youth and their parents to the church and let the youth teach their parents how to resolve the drug problems. It was very effective.
It was not effective in New Jersey. The drug problem persisted with possibly parents indulging in drugs. The gambling industry had brought these folks it from Las Vegas where I assume there is one heck of a big drug problem. http://drugabuse.com/usa/drug-abuse/las-vegas-nv/
When we lived in Payson Arizona, I sometimes watch raids on meth labs. Methamphetamine are horrible drugs and are easily produced. The consequences of use are distressing.
We have a meth problem right in our little cow town of Buhl, Idaho.
According to Drug Free World, here are the consequences of meth:
Loss of appetite
Increased heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature
Dilation of pupils
Disturbed sleep patterns
Bizarre, erratic, sometimes violent behavior
Hallucinations, hyperexcitability, irritability
Panic and psychosis
Convulsions, seizures and death from high doses
Permanent damage to blood vessels of heart and brain, high blood pressure leading to heart attacks, strokes and death
Liver, kidney and lung damage
Destruction of tissues in nose if sniffed
Respiratory (breathing) problems if smoked
Infectious diseases and abscesses if injected
Malnutrition, weight loss
Severe tooth decay
Disorientation, apathy, confused exhaustion
Strong psychological dependence
Damage to the brain similar to Alzheimer’s disease,3 stroke and epilepsy
Several states have decided that marijuana is no more dangerous than alcohol. Well, alcohol is dangerous too if used in excess and it too can become addictive.
When I was an engineering professor in the Midwest, one of my students returned from Vietnam. He brought with him 1 kg of a very strong variety of hashish. He was on the drug but told me that he had to quit using it and he destroyed his supply (which he could’ve sold for a good profit).
He said that after taking the drug, and recovering from an episode, that the same episode would come back to him without taking the drug. This scared his pants off. He already had some psychological problems which included tendencies to suicide.
He was glad to get rid of it.
Chemical drugs come in all forms. Our emergency rooms are filled with over-dosage victims. Some of these victims die.
Some drug users commit suicide.
Some drug users die in automobile accidents.
Many drug users commit crime.
I had a friend who was approached by a young man in Central Park in New York City. At night, the park is a wild and wondrous place. The young man had a knife. She decided to have a chat with him instead of taking off down the path to safety. She asked if he had a drug problem. He said that he did and that he needed money for drugs.
Drug addicts, like those suffering from gambling addiction, break into the homes, steal from their parents and grandparents, commit armed robbery in public places, and are continually in trouble with the police.
Our jails are filled with drug addicts. The cost to society is hundreds of billions of dollars each year in the US alone.
The bottom line is that you will need help to solve your drug problem. I’m not going to go into the details in this article because there is a source that will give you much more comprehensive information:
Dealing with a teen who has a drug problem is a frightening experience. In some heavily populated areas, and perhaps even in rural areas, some sub teams may be taking drugs.
You must not bury your head in the sand if you have a drug problem in your family. You must take action.
John T. Jones, Ph.D.
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