Drug Addiction among Teenagers
In today’s society, the common problem among teenagers is the use of drugs. Teen age years are probably one of the most challenging periods of life. It’s a stage of puberty and identity versus confusion – knowing oneself compared to losing oneself. Teenagers usually experiment in order to become friends with the ‘popular’ kids in school. However, sometimes these experiments go brutally wrong and they end up with an addiction. The question is, how do they overcome this addiction? If we as human beings never make mistakes, we will never learn. Teenagers are so full of life and so eager to learn about everything that sometimes they do make mistakes. One common mistake that many teenagers make is the use of drugs and alcohol. Peer pressure is a problem at this age. If they see someone popular doing it, they’ll do the same in order to become popular too. If they see their idol doing it, they will follow in their footsteps. According to the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse (NHSDA), American teenagers abuse drugs more than teens in any other country in the world. Also, recently, the number of teenage drug users soared and the availability of drugs on the street hit an all-time high (SAMHSA 1999). Being able to get drugs like you’re going out for take-out is a huge issue. There are four major stages of drug addiction: Experimentation, Regular Use, Risky Use/ Abuse and Drug Addiction and Dependency (Buddy T 2009). Experimentation is defined as the voluntary use of drugs without experiencing any negative social or legal consequences. For many, experimenting may occur once or several times as a way to “have fun” or even help the individual cope with a problem. For others, experimenting may occur without any desire to continue using the drugs. And for the rest, it can start to become a problem when it moves into the next stage of addiction: regular use. In the second stage, some people will enter this stage of regular use without...
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