A lot of people would experiment with alcohol and drugs at least at one point during adolescence. The innate inquisitiveness and rebellion of adolescents and teenagers are generally the causes why they start trying substances for the first time. To add, peer pressure and a need to fit in, young people are most often vulnerable at risk of exposure. Because teenagers still have not fully matured prefrontal lobes in their brains, their judgment and regulation of instinct is often weak, makes them susceptible to potential abuse or addiction.
Even people who refrained from an early exposure to drug use may still encounter this stage in life later on. As adults, we are confronted with many high stress situations at work, at home and even personal challenges with mental health. This can cause some individuals, particularly when they are emotionally distressed, to self-medicate with drugs or alcohol. Even those who don't deal with personal problems might want to fit in with colleagues, friends or even members of the family who may be exploiting recreational drugs.
Crossing The Line Between Experimentation And Teenage Drug Abuse
There is a big misconception that adolescents who experiment with alcohol and drugs are simply "bad kids." Most adults are convinced teenagers are experimenting because they are defiant and only want to lash out. However, the troubling trend is not so simplistic or one-sided.
Here are some of the reasons why teenagers experiment:
There are other reasons as well. Genetics, family history of alcoholism or drug addiction play a part of an adolescent’s predisposition to experiment with drugs and become addicted.
Experimentation to Addiction: Stopping The Progression
Whatever the age of a person, treatment isn't a "one-size fits all."
The Arden Centre includes addressing the needs of the entire person — including his or her psychological stage and cognitive abilities, and the influence of family, friends, and others in the life of the person, as well as any underlying mental or physical health problems. The Arden Centre understands the importance of the confidentiality of patients, their dependence on family members that may or may not support recovery.
Every step of the program is fully supported by warm, compassionate, and highly trained professionals to ensure that the road to recovery would be a success.
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