Teen Drug Abuse: How to Stop Teens from Taking Drugs

by cadabamshospital

04 November,2020 | 1 month read

Drug abuse is rampant, and the drug of choice is changing. Thousands, if not millions, of teens and young adults are at the forefront of drug abuse. Drug abuse continues to claim lives and negatively affect millions. . So, can the widespread teen drug abuse be stopped? Yes. It all starts with one person. Perhaps you!

Parents frequently wonder what they can do to keep their teenagers from taking club drugs and other harmful substances, such as alcohol and tobacco. Unfortunately, teenagers tend to experiment with substances that make them feel good or help them gain access to certain social privileges. The common club drugs include Ecstasy, Rohypnol, GHB, Ketamine and Herbal Ecstasy. To reduce the amount of experimentation (or, in some cases prevent it), you should keep your relationship with your teenager strong.

Symptoms of Teen Drug Problems

Drug abuse or substance abuse affects people from all walks of life. Teens and adults are drawn to drugs equally, irrespective of whether they started taking drugs recreationally or as prescribed. Tolerance and dependence can sometimes develop even before the user realises it. There are various long term effects of drug and substance abuse. The following signs and symptoms will help you figure out teen drug problems.

Physical Symptoms

  • Poor physical coordination
  • Staggering walk 
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of appetite 
  • Abrupt weight changes
  • Sweaty palms
  • Watery eyes, pupils larger or smaller than usual
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Excessive sweating
  • Irregular heartbeat

Behavioural Symptoms

  • Change in attitude or personality
  • Temper tantrums 
  • Chronic dishonesty 
  • Sudden oversensitivity 
  • Paranoia
  • Mood swings, irritability
  • Nervousness 
  • Depression
  • Lethargy
  • Major habit changes
  • Involvement in criminal activities

How to Help Your Teen Avoid Drugs

Teen Drug Abuse

Does peer pressure help stop it? Unfortunately, the contrary is true. In reality, peer pressure is one of the major reasons for both the beginning and the continuation of a drug habit. An increasing number of teens and young adults participate in "drug parties" where the use of addictive drugs is rampant. There is more peer pressure to participate in taking prescription pills, than trying to talk a person out of it.

Merely giving out advice and an incomplete discussion may not be the best solution as it does not cover the different aspects of teen drug abuse. The best way to avoid drugs is to build a comprehensive plan and strategy to tackle drugs.

Providing a positive, uplifting, long-term solution is a better way of addressing the problem. Get them involved in planning  for their future and take responsibility for their lives and stand up for what's right. Here are some ways how you can, as a parent, help your teen avoid drugs and stay away from teen drug abuse.

Preventing Teen Drug Abuse: Advice for Parents

Teen Drug Abuse

  • If you want to help your child avoid drugs in their school or college, the best way is to talk to them. You, being a parent or guardian, can also take other preventative measures to check on the matter and help them avoid drugs.

    Check on your teen's activities. Keep yourself updated on their daily activities and their peers. This will help you identify any unusual activity.

    Help them to speak up about their problem. Oftentimes, teens know they need help but are unable to talk about it or ask for help from parents or elders.

    Show love and acceptance to your teenager. Show your love and concern for them in a way that they can understand. Doing so is an important factor in raising a well-adjusted teen. Parents who show unconditional love and acceptance to their teen and still set  rules and boundaries are often the most successful.

    Developing self-confidence in them, from an early age. This is a crucial factor in raising a successful teen that makes good choices. This can be built through the feeling of accomplishment in activities and sports, through creative outlets and from supportive, attentive and proud parents who serve as good role models.

    Help your teen develop appropriate social skills. If these skills are developed then the teen will have friends, know how to act in school and in groups and will feel socially accepted. Positive social skills lead to peer acceptance, which during the teen years is critical in their emotional development

    Get to know your teen’s friends. Invite them to your house. Appreciate the trust  your teen places in you when they invite their friends home with them. This lets you know their whereabouts and know their friends. 

    Communicate. Accomplishing things together with your teen and communicating to them that you are keenly interested in their life will develop self-confidence and prevent them from straying.

    Keep your teenager away from the wrong crowd. It is an arduous but rewarding process. Invest in your teenager and communicate to them that they are loved and accepted unconditionally. It is crucial to keep your teen away from associating with the "wrong crowd". It is an approach that is both proactive and preventative.

    Express your concern and give them the help they need. Start with expressing your commitment and deep concern to support and help them in taking positive action. Recovery might seem to be impossible while in the process of withdrawing from drug addiction, but it is never impossible!

    Treatment for Teen Drug Abuse

    Entering the world of drug abuse is easy, but quitting can be excruciatingly painful. It is painful for the teen, their family and friends. Teen drug abuse can quite easily consume the user's life and disrupt their academics and every relationship they cherish. This also causes side effects such as short term memory loss, weight loss or gain in appetite etc., which can be dangerous and affect the teen's life in a very harmful way. In some cases, addiction to prescription medicines, cocaine and heroin can result in overdoses that may be fatal.

    Treatment for teen drug abuse depends on the severity and the substance of addiction. The first step in recovering is for the patient to admit that they are facing an addiction problem. The treatment involves providing aid and support to the patient and addressing their  having the tendency to abuse drugs.

    • Psychotherapy – It involves one-to-one sessions with the counsellor in providing support to gradually gain control over drug dependency.
    • Self-Help Groups – The teen will have close interactions with other similar patients suffering from addiction problems. They share each other’s story and often act as a motivation factor in recovering from the disorder.
    • Help with Medications – There are treatments available to prevent the cravings for drugs which involve both medications and regular monitoring and counselling.

    Why Cadabam’s for Treatment of Teen Drug Abuse?

    Cadabam’s is one of the best teen drug abuse rehabilitation centres in Bangalore where we can help your child walk on the path to holistic wellness by destigmatizing dependency and treating it like any other illness. We have over two decades of experience in the rehabilitation space and thousands of successful recoveries to our credit. Our wellness experts use a number of techniques such as mindfulness, therapy, meditation, and yoga to help detox.

    Cadabam’s recognizes the social and family aspects of addiction as well. We provide support groups for individuals and families. There is a 24/7 support with immediate crisis intervention and a multifaceted team of psychiatrists, psychologists, physicians, etc. Cadabam’s takes evidence and solution-based treatment plans which are customized for every individual.

    Teen Drug Abuse Help

    If you would like more information on what immediate action steps you can take to help your teen stop drug abuse, then please feel free to contact us on our 24/7 helpline at 96111 94949. You can also visit us at Cadabam’s Anunitha.  We are here to help you through the journey.

    Disclaimer – It is important to note that addiction should be referred to as ‘substance use disorder’ to better address the effects of this psychological condition. Words like addict, junkie, etc should be avoided as they place the blame on the individual. Individuals/person/people suffering from substance use disorder or substance dependence syndrome should be used.