Teens use drugs for a variety of reasons. They may feel alone, misunderstood, mistreated, or lonely. In order to escape these realities some teens turn to drugs as a way to self-medicate. They may want to test boundaries and rebel against their parents’ rules. By using drugs, they feel as if they are in control of their lives and don’t have to listen to anyone else. Teens may also see the glorified portrayal of drugs in movies and music and think that by using drugs they will be a part of this “desirable” type of lifestyle. While there are multiple reasons why teens turn to drugs, one of the most common reasons is peer pressure. A teen’s peer group is a powerful positive or negative force in their life. If their friends drink alcohol or use drugs, it can be hard for them to say “no”. That is why it is so important to equip them with tools and traits to resist negative peer pressure.
How to Help Your Teen Combat Negative Peer Pressure
Teens need to be prepared for all sorts of adult situations and it is crucial for them to be able to navigate negative peer pressure when it arises. We are dedicated to helping teens and families in a variety of situations. If you need our assistance, please contact Georgia Psychiatric Consultants today.