There are many things parents do for their teenagers to help them prepare for adulthood, such as setting rules for grades, curfews and getting a job. But sad as it seems, it’s important to educate children about the dangers of addictions, too. And not only that, it’s just as important for parents to educate themselves about the symptoms of addiction so they can better recognize them and get their child help.
Many parents fear their children will let their curiosity about alcohol and drugs grow into a full-blown habit that wrecks their lives. Children who are between 10 and 12 are most often at a stage in their lives where they don’t really have an opinion about drugs, alcohol or even cigarettes. Mental health experts believe this is the most important time to shape their opinions about substance abuse.
College kids cheating on tests isn’t anything new. What might surprise people is to read that college kids, many college kids, are cheating on doctor’s diagnostic tests in order to get a prescription for medication. Now, however, there are tests designed to catch these students in the act of faking attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms.
Abuse of prescription medications is a significant problem on college campuses. And according to the Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention the problem is growing.
Higher education institutions have a responsibility to curb drug use as many ways as possible. Missouri’s Linn State Technical College took all the guesswork out of who needed help and who didn’t by drug testing all incoming freshmen. It was a highly proactive approach to addressing drug use in their students, but ultimately was proven to be a violation of students’ constitutional rights.
Although the use of performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) in professional and collegiate athletics generates the biggest headlines, recreational drug use is also a problem among many amateur athletes.
From marijuana to cocaine, co-eds can usually get a hold of any recreational drug when they come to college, but alcohol is still the drug of choice.
Teens are constantly inventing new and more dangerous ways to take risks. Unless parents work hard to stay informed and aware of teen culture, one can get left behind. Conversely, in-the-know parents can help teens think through and avoid risky and potentially life-threatening behavior. With that in mind, here are a few of the ways teens are abusing substances in order to “get wasted” these days.
Recreational marijuana has been legalized in two U.S. states and has been approved for medical use in 14 others and the District of Columbia. (Medical use legislation is pending in four other states.) Across the country, attitudes toward marijuana are softening, with a surprising number of Americans viewing the drug as harmless. Recent research, however, shows that even a small amount of marijuana use has negative consequences, including making it less likely a person will finish their college education.
Being a teenager can be tough. Being a teenager with mental illness can be even harder. Making it tougher yet, many teens with mental illness also wind up abusing substances like alcohol, tobacco and marijuana. According to several new reports, around one-tenth of teens with mental illness also struggle with habitual use of those substances.