Prescription drug abuse is an epidemic that affects people of all ages. In fact, nearly one in five Americans admit to abusing prescription drugs that haven’t been prescribed to them. In addition, a recent survey showed that 17 percent of American high school students are smoking cigarettes, drinking or using drugs during the school day. Of the 1,003 students surveyed, 86 percent admitted that they knew of classmates who were using drugs or alcohol during the school day while more than half admitted that they knew of places on or close by campus where students could go to smoke, drink or get high. In fact, almost 44 percent of students surveyed claimed that they know of a fellow classmate who sells drugs. Although marijuana was shown to be the most common drug among teens, prescription drugs came in at 2nd place.
With the rate of prescription drug abuse among teens steadily rising within the past ten years, it has many people asking the question: Why? One theory is that it could be directly linked with the use of medications by the parents. A study conducted by the Hanley Center (a drug and alcohol treatment center in Florida) reported that 79 percent of adults ages 48 and older claimed that their first experience with drugs or alcohol took place before they were 25 years old and out of them, an astonishing 40 percent admitted that they were in fact abusing drugs after the age of 48. What does this have to do with teen drug use? Well, 48 is a common age for adults to have teenage children. These teens most likely have easy access to prescription drugs right in their own medicine cabinets. There may also be the false assumption that it isn’t a big deal to abuse these drugs since their parents are taking them.
8 Warning Signs Your Teen May Be Abusing Prescription Drugs
If you are concerned that your child or loved one may be abusing prescription drugs, keep an eye on them and pay attention for any of the following warning signs:
• Change in mood or personality
• Change in energy level
• Change in sleep habits
• Loss of appetite
• Sudden change in grades
• Change of friends
• Small eye pupils
It has been shown that when teens are bored or have a lack of activities to keep them busy, they may experiment with drugs or alcohol. So, by giving your kids plenty of extra-curricular activities to be involved in, such as sports, music, dance, etc., they are less likely to become involved with drug use. Also, be familiar with your child’s friends as well as their parents. Keep good communication with your teen and allow them to feel comfortable to come to you for advice. If you find that your teen is unfortunately abusing prescription drugs or any other drugs, seek help immediately. There are many programs that offer help with addiction and educating teens of the dangers of abusing prescription drugs.
One of those is the Narconon.org drug and alcohol rehabilitation program. The Narconon program is a long term treatment program where seven out of ten graduates remain permanently drug free.
Narconon has a solution for handling physical drug cravings through a dry heat sauna then follows it up with Life Skills Therapy that help to resolve the mental and emotional aspects of the problem.
For teens, drug prevention is the best way to stop addiction but if there is a problem it has to be resolved through treatment.
For more information on the Narconon.org program or to enroll someone now contact us.