Drug Use In Teens And What Parents Can Do To Prevent It

Last Updated: Feb 24th 2020

Reviewed by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

The teenage years are a vulnerable time for adolescents. Studies have shown that the brain does not completely develop until the age of 25. That is one of the reasons teens often use drugs. Studies have shown that teens who start using drugs are more likely to develop an addiction later in life. 

Negative Effects of Teen Drug Use 

Drug use has to be taken seriously because there are a number of negative consequences that can result. While some teens are able to overcome drug use, others have to deal with serious consequences. The following is a list of possible consequences. 

  • Anxiety, depression and other mental health problems
  • Strained relationships with friends and family
  • Physical health problems
  • Academic problems and suspensions
  • Juvenile delinquency

Teens Who are at Risk 

Anybody can end up with a drug problem. However, there are some people who are at a greater risk for it than others. Identifying people who may be at risk is one of the keys to preventing drug abuse. 

People who are in Transition 

Teens who go to a new school are often introduced to new pressures. They want to fit in with everyone. They may be introduced to social circles that are using drugs. 

People Who Suffer From Mental Illness 

Depression and anxiety can develop early in life. People who have mental problems are more likely to develop an addiction. 

No Positive Influences 

Teens who come from an abusive or broken home are more likely to develop an addiction. They may not even understand the consequences of their addiction. Furthermore, teens who have a family member who uses drugs are more likely to have a drug problem. 

What Parents can Do 

Monitor Your Teens 

You will need to be aware of what your child is doing and who they are hanging out with. You can do the following to monitor your child. 

  • Come home earlier than expected.
  • Check in with them regularly.
  • Have your neighbors watch your home when you are away.
  • Monitor the prescription drugs in your home.
  • Look for changes in your child’s behavior.

Talk to Your Teen About Drug Use 

Many teens do things without thinking about the consequences of their actions. That is why it is important to talk to them about the consequences of being a drug user. The more you talk to your child about the risks, the less likely they are to use drugs. 

Keep the Lines of Communication Open 

Teens who have a good relationship with their parents are less likely to use drugs. Many teens feel like they cannot talk to their parents about issues. That is why you will need to let your teen know that they can talk to you about what is bothering them. Teens will be more likely to talk to you if they know that they can be honest with you. Communication is one of the keys to prevention. 

If you or someone you know is struggling with a drug addiction, then you can contact our Pompano drug rehab center. We can help people break their addiction.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

Brittany has been working in behavioral health since 2012 and is the Assistant Clinical Director at our facility. She is an LCSW and holds a master’s degree in social work. She has great experience with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health diagnoses as well as various therapeutic techniques. Brittany is passionate about treating all clients with dignity and respect, and providing a safe environment where clients can begin their healing journey in recovery.