Teenagers and Drug Abuse Essay

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It has been discovered that most people who struggle with drug addiction began experimenting with drugs in their teens. Teenage drug abuse is one of the largest problems in society today and the problem grows and larger every year. Drugs are a pervasive force in our culture today. To expect kids not to be influenced by the culture of their time is as unrealistic as believing in the tooth fairy (Bauman 140). Teens may feel pressured by their friends to try drugs, they may have easy access to drugs, they may use drugs to rebel against their family or society, or they may take an illegal drug because they are curious about it or the pleasure that it gives them. After interviewing my teenage cousin whom has been in several altercations …show more content…
My teenage cousin advised me that after she passed the stage of being pressured by her peers to use drugs and alcohol, she began using it to make her feel better because she was suffering from depression. Depression is the result of chemical imbalance and environmental influence. Drugs and alcohol are the most readily available methods of emotional anesthesia, if not on hand; they would find a substitute (Henican 141). She would use drugs when she would think about her incarcerated dad that has been in and out of her life from birth. Her family members would try to encourage her and would often tell her, “If you continue to do the things that you are doing, you will end up like your dad incarcerated.” She rebels against her mother and stepfather when they try to correct her and discipline her. She doesn’t like to follow the rules at home or school and acts like she doesn’t do anything wrong. Something psychologically is really going on with her mentally, that is one of the side effects that drugs causes. Seeing there is no way out feeling lonely like no one cares and no prospects for improvement leads to depression. Depression is something that many teens deal with during their lives. Some teens isolate themselves from their families by going in their rooms, staying out late, not eating and a bad grade or because of an argument with parents or friends – they may use more drugs than
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