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Peer Pressure

Peer Pressure

Peer pressure is a very powerful motivator in today’s society. Teens that struggle are often trying to keep up with someone who may not be very positive. In an effort to be accepted teens will do just about anything positive or negative. Teens are not the only ones influenced by what others think. Many adults are still very concerned about what their peers think. This doubles the problems associated with raising a difficult teen. Parents should not be concerned about the way others perceive they are raising their teen. As long as parents are doing what is in the best interest of their child they should forget about their own peer group. The parents’ peer group is often much larger than that of their teen. For example parents have both sides of the family watching what they are doing, as well as those at church, their place of employment, and of course, the neighbors. This is much too large of a group to please, and since others don’t really know the details of the problem parents need to forget about them. Parents will need to put their own insecurities aside in order to help their teen.

The teen usually has a tough group of people they are trying to please also. Many teens consider those in magazines, on television and in videos as their peers, and role models. Trying to follow these “make believe” role models can make a teen’s life miserable. Teens can also be very harsh and critical of each other. When a teen is trying to fit into a social group they consider cool, they will do just about what ever it takes to gain acceptance. There are plenty of adults who will admit they started smoking, drinking alcohol, having sex, and using drugs to be accepted by their peers as a youth. The power of acceptance should not be underestimated. Parents should always consider peer pressure when trying to figure out what is making their teen act the way they are.

Breaking The Cycle

In order to break the cycle of teens doing crazy things to be accepted by others, here are a few things to try. First it is important to help a child realize their own worth, and the uniqueness they possess. This is best accomplished by finding ways to praise the youth for the positive things they do. Positive experiences may need to be created by spending time with the teen doing something they like. Positive praise can go a long way in helping a teen establish his or her own identity. Another way to assist a teen in breaking the cycle of craving negative peer pressure is to engage them in honest sincere communications. If a teen knows that an adult is really interested in them and what they have to say, they will eventually begin to respect the person that is respecting them. A parent may even want to show a teen where they will end up if they continue down the path they are following. This can be done by showing a teen what the results of drug abuse and smoking can do to their appearance. It may not be a good idea to try to find fault with those the teen is currently looking up to as this might create a barrier for the parent. It is better to discuss the negative activity not the person. Of course this is not easy, but who said parenting would be?

Teens with substance abuse problems

Most teens enrolled in troubled teen boarding schools have either experimented with or are experienced drug abusers. The drugs they use are usually gateway drugs like marijuana, alcohol, and ecstasy. Older students in some cases have moved onto harder drugs, and some have even spent time selling drugs to support their habits. Many students steal from their family members to pay for their habit.

It is sad that some families have to dead bolt the doors to their rooms to prevent their belongings from being stolen while they are gone. Some boarding schools incorporate substance abuse treatment into their daily routine. Some use a 12 step program with students attending meetings either on site or at a location close by. One thing most teen boarding schools have in common is students in need of a substance abuse program. It is important to make sure any placement option parents consider address the substance abuse issue.

Troubled Teens Dealing Drugs

When a teen tries and eventually gets hooked on drugs they will eventually need to find a way to support their habit. Drug abuse usually leads to termination of any employment they may have previously had. With the economy as poor as it is currently, finding a job can be a difficult venture. The easiest option with no application process is selling drugs to pay for their habit. Many parents are shocked to find that their child has been dealing drugs. One precursor to the teen actually becoming a drug dealer is the loss of objects from the house. If things start to come up missing, and your child has a new group of friends this may be a sign that your child is heading in a negative direction.

Boarding Schools and Drug Abuse

Most boarding schools are for the most part drug free zones. This is not always the case, and it is possible for drugs to be taken into the school from time to time. Some schools check the student’s belongings when they return from a home visit or a trip away from campus. This does not assure that inappropriate items will not get by those doing the inspection. Sometimes a student’s sibling will even bring something on campus for their relative so they can get high.

Some schools have drug sniffing dogs that check the student’s items when they return. Most boarding schools will check a new students belongings very carefully when they first arrive, but are a little more lax when the student has just returned from a visit. Parents would also be wise to sort through their child’s belonging prior to traveling. It would be devastating for a parent to unknowingly help their child smuggle drugs on an airplane.

Boarding schools can help teen drug addiction

Many teen boarding schools have students that are dealing with drug addiction. The earlier the drug abuse begins, the more likely it will progress to more serious abuse. The adolescent usually does not understand why they are addicted to drugs. Because their brain is still developing, they have a hard time with decision making, judgment and self-control, so this makes them more prone to become addicted to drugs. A teen’s environment may also be a reason that they turn to drugs. Just life in general for a teen can be stressful. With some teens they have to deal with peer pressure, physical and sexual abuse, stress.

Quality of parenting can greatly influence the teen. They may be dealing with a single mother, just trying to make ends meet. Or the teen may have both parents around, yet are busy working and lack the parenting skills necessary to connect with the teen and so they turn to drugs. The teen may live in a stable environment and then they may face something in their life that they don’t know how to deal with and would be too ashamed to talk to their parents about. This could be a reason for them to turn to other means such as drugs to help ease the pain.

Attending a teen boarding school can help the teen with their drug abuse. Living at the boarding school the teen is not able to access any drugs. They also are away from their negative environment and so this helps them to deal with their addiction. Another advantage of attending a teen boarding school with relation to drug addition is that the teen is able to be drug free and have a clear mind.

This will help their progress at the boarding school and when they have finished their stay, they will have a better chance at staying drug free. At the teen boarding school the environment is such that the teen will have better success because they not only deal with their drug abuse, they also are able to address other issues that are at the core of their substance abuse.

Drug addiction is a preventable disease. Because drugs change the brain in ways that foster compulsive drug abuse, quitting is difficult. We know more today about how drugs work in the brain and so drug addiction can be successfully treated to help teens stop abusing drugs and lead a productive life.

Teen Drug Abuse – Teen Substance Abuse Programs

Teen Drug Abuse

Drug abuse, also known as substance abuse, involves repeated and excessive use of chemical substances. These substances give different effects to the user, effects that can become addictive and dangerous. Some of the effects of drug abuse include powerful charges of energy while others give a feeling of relaxation or calmness. Drug abuse is becoming much too prevalent in our society today. Along these lines, it is becoming more and more common for individuals to become addicted to prescription drugs and unfortunately, it is affecting all ages and backgrounds.

Drug Abuse and Prescription Drugs

Prescription drugs are medicines that are prescribed to a patient by a doctor to cure or treat a number of health conditions, such as: diabetes, high/low blood pressure, or cancer. Prescription drugs can also be used to aide with mental health disorders such as depression, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). If taken strictly how the doctor or specialist prescribes, prescription drugs can help patients control their sicknesses, fight off infection, and even cure an illness. However, a recent study done by the National Institute of Drug Abuse estimated that twenty percent of people in the United States have used prescription drugs for nonmedical reasons. And, abuse of prescription drugs has increased among teenagers and young adults. In fact, the same study found that in the past year abuse of prescription pain killers now ranks second-only behind marijuana-as the Nation’s most prevalent illegal drug problem.

It has been found that there are three classes of prescription drugs that are most commonly abused. They are: opioids such as codeine, oxycodone, and morphine; central nervous system (CNS) depressants such as Valium (diazepam) and Xanax (alprazolam); stimulants such as Dexedrine (dextroamphetamine) and Ritalin (methylphenidate). Prescription drugs can be very dangerous when taken without a doctor’s supervision. If certain prescription drugs are mixed with other drugs or alcohol, they become lethal.

Prescription Drug Abuse Side Effects

Common effects of prescription drugs include: anger, hostility, dizziness, slurred speech, nausea and vomiting, exhaustion, sleeplessness, increased heart rate and breathing, coma, and even death. If taken incorrectly, prescription drugs can become just as dangerous and addictive as cocaine or heroin.

Drug Abuse and Help

Whatever type of drug abuse a person is involved with, there is always help. A loving, strong support system is one of the most important components in helping an individual with a drug abuse problem. Open communication and listening-without-lecturing are very important when dealing with an individual who is involved with drug abuse. Residential treatment centers and outpatient therapy are also very successful in helping with a drug abuse problem. Medications can help an individual with a drug abuse problem cope with the withdrawals and help re-establish normal brain function to prevent relapse and reduce cravings throughout the treatment process.