SUBSTANCE ABUSE: - ALCOHOL & DRUGS
Teenagers are always trying new things. They may be involved with alcohol and drugs for many reasons-
Some adolescents may experiment and stop, or use occasionally while some may become dependent on them trying out more dangerous drugs, thus causing harm to themselves and even may be others. However, it is very difficult to predict which adolescent will stop and who will develop serious problems. Drug abuse may lead to serious drug use later in life, accidents and even suicide. Unfortunately, teenagers have a tendency to feel invincible and think that they shall never have a problem that others face with substance abuse.
Teenagers at risk of serious substance abuse are: -
The various drugs abused are: -
Warning signs of substance abuse: -
Parents may be able to recognize the warning signs. It would be useful to consult a doctor to rule out a medical problem followed by evaluation by a child psychiatrist. Treatment may be on out patient department basis whereas some may even require hospitalization. The teen may undergo various therapies like detoxification, abstinence, individual and family therapy, group therapy and even use of medications to control dependency.
Last updated on 17-03-2001