Are Parents Responsible for Increasing Drug Addiction among Teenagers?

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Are Parents Responsible for Increasing Drug Addiction among Teenagers?

Teenagers are the most concerning and the most viable group of age that needs attention and proper guidance because they are more prone of getting into trouble and false activities. If you are a parent, you would be held responsible for the future of your children’s life no matter what the reasons or causes are. Your teenage daughter or son can easily get influenced by the friends and company he or she has around him or her. Teenage alcohol addiction is increasing every day and the reason behind this could be the carelessness of parents.

Most of the time, all the kids need attention and they need somebody to talk their problems out but there is nobody they can consult or talk their grievances. With the concern, they turn towards the things that can keep them away from the stress they are going through and for that purpose they turn towards hazardous things like alcohol, cigarette, cocaine, heroine and etc. Parents should monitor the daily routine and schedule of their children and must provide them with ample amount of time so they children never feel lonely or neglected. A few motivating lines or phrases will be enough for them to realize that their parents are with them.

If you are a parent and you are an alcoholic or addicted to any other drugs then you should know that the teenagers learn from you and they would be influenced by your actions and activities, They will assume that my father or mother is doing the right thing and they will do the same without know that what his or her mother or father was doing. In order to overcome such situations you must completely avoid drinking or drug abuse in front of your children.

If you observe that your children remain unhappy or depressed most of the time then you should discuss with them about the reasons or causes behind the unhappy mood of your children.

According to me if parents take good care of their children and provide them suitable time then I am sure that not a single teenager will get addicted towards something like alcohol, heroine or marijuana. Increasing drug addiction among teenagers is a sign of carelessness of different parents. So I appeal to all those parents that they must wake up and take good care of their teenagers before it gets too late for them to get a hold on their children.

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Monday, May 25, 2009

Teen Addiction Help

Teenagers are one of the most common addicts to both alcohol and substances. Many teens start these addictions by recreational use, to speak out against their parents. However, by the end, teenagers may be so addicted that they need professional help.

The teenage brain is highly susceptible to addiction. Once a teen starts a substance, or alcohol it is very hard to avoid becoming addicted. Teens often begin abusing substances because of peer pressure by their friends or because they have problems in their lives. While the addiction itself needs to be treated, these underlying causes need to be examined as well.

Sober Teens Online is a great community for teens who may not be ready to reach out to someone in their community. Visiting Sober Teens Online allows troubled teens to talk with peers and get help with their addiction. While the main focus of Sober Teens Online is to get teens help for their addiction, Sober Teens Online also provides an enormous amount of fellowship. One of the great parts about Sober Teens Online is its large amount of members. Over 1,000 teens are members on the forum, which means that teens will easily be able to find a member that can relate to the situation that they are in.

Once teens have gathered up the courage, whether via Sober Teens Online or through self-reflection, the next major task is to get help. There are hundreds of centers across North America, and even the world that will help teens who are stuck in an addiction. Not all of these centers are a perfect fit for each teen, and some may not be looking to help a teen at all. When you are looking for a rehabilitation center for a teen with addiction, try to get references from a local teen crisis center. These centers often deal with teens who are having problems, and will be able to help point you in the right direction.

Teens may not always be willing to deal with the hard facts of life. However, with an addiction recovery program that is targeted directly for them, and a very powerful support group, teens will be able to conquer even the most difficult addiction. Teens cannot get help for their addiction without wanting it. As much as it may hurt their loved ones to see their lives fall into despair, a teenage addict needs to step forward and admit they have a problem. If an addict does not, but enters treatment anyways, they will relapse. Make sure the teenager has tons of support throughout their addiction recovery process. Stays at rehabilitation centers can be as long as months at a time, and recovery lasts for a life time.

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Thursday, February 12, 2009


Friday, January 23, 2009

I've come to the conclusion over the years that most addicts are good people with a bad disease. In my conversations with many of them, they express a great deal of remorse for what they do and continue to do. Many become suicidal, not because they feel so sick, but because they cannot bear the thought of continuing to hurt those they love. To wake up day after day, not quite remembering what occurred the night before, then to see the look of disappointment and fear on the faces of the ones closest to you is a terrible thing - for everyone.

My arms are covered with light scarring - from practice cuts, "calls for help", and sometimes the pain inflicted would over-ride the confusion, fear and other emotional pain that was building inside me. They are a good reminder of the "dark days".........Death would have been an acceptable if not desirable effect of what I was doing.

There's a saying that goes "God looks after drunks and fools"....well, I can say from personal experience he (whoever he/she/it is) definitely does. When things got too much for me, I took a massive overdose and woke up 3 days later. Alone (no-one had found me), hallucinating, bright red through high blood pressure but, unfortunately, alive. I say unfortunately because that is how I felt at the time. I feared the future and what I may do next. I was so sure I was going to die from the overdose, I was at a total loss when I regained consciousness. So I did what any good addict would do in the situation - went and got blasted!

The years of accumulated destruction I had left behind me were really starting to wear me down. I could not see a time when I could walk down a street without looking over my shoulder. There were all the "yets" to think about:

I hadn't robbed a bank...yet
I hadn't killed anyone...yet
I didn't have irreversible brain damage...yet
There were still quite a few unspeakable things I hadn't done...yet.

If you are in the grip of a substance addiction....look back over the years...have things gotten better? What makes you think they will?

When you are an addict, you don't have control over a substance or a great deal of your behaviour while you are under the influence of that substance. As the disease progresses, your self-control declines. If you are an addict, it is very unwise to say "I would never do something like that" .... our jails are full of people who have uttered those damning words.

If you are close to an addict; whether you are their partner, family or friend there is also no way that you can state "He/She would never do that to me". Your false sense of security could cost you your life.

If you are living with someone who has a substance abuse problem and refuses to do anything about it, my advice to you is to pack your bags and leave... especially if you have children in your care. You may be saying to yourself "it's not that easy". It is. Think about the alternative - a life of continued fear and insecurity, or worse.

Have you ever heard of the "battered wife syndrome"? The victims are usually people who have been in an abusive relationship for so long, the person feels they can no longer leave, they have forgotten what "normal" is. Substance abuse is usually a feature in these relationships.

Read the papers.... "Father of four slays family"

Alcohol and other drugs greatly impair areas of the brain that deal with memory, reasoning, inhibition and aggression....the longer the abuse, the more the damage - the worse the behaviour.

So fellow addicts, what to do?

Suicide is an option if you don't wish to get help - but make it quick, the suicide through drug abuse is long and drawn out for everyone. Also, suicide is a bit harder than what people imagine. I have tasted the cold steel of a rifle barrel in my mouth - I didn't pull the trigger. I do know others that did. After all their years of drug abuse, they left one final gift for their family and friends - their corpses. How thoughtful. Another mess that others have to clean up on your behalf.

But there is another way, it's called recovery. A total stranger introduced it to me....

There are many strangers who can show you it too....

Pick up a telephone directory and look under "Drug and Alcohol". Almost everyone country in the world has a section for it. There you will find numbers for groups of people who have been to hell and back, who know just what you are going through. While I am aware that many countries in the world do not offer free detox services, these community based groups will assist you with detoxing and have "contacts" that can help you through the dangerous time of physical withdrawal.

Please, never try to withdraw on your own....

Life can be different for you - positive, energizing, peaceful

Or haven't you had enough of your addiction.....yet?

Michael Bloch

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