Sunday, April 11, 2010

Closing on Substance Abuse and on Teens

Overall Substance Abuse, mainly effects from the family life cycle. There is a belief that this issue will enter the picture again for across generations. It seems to be parent(s) fits in the middle for being “more responsibilities” for their child’s future. Parent(s) needs to help their teen child grow into “normal” adulthood by preventing substance abuse. Grandparent(s) won’t be able to take on this role because they often given up their family. Parent(s) might find it hard to believe how much grandparents are a big part of their deep personal lives. They need to set certain limits for substance abusers in families’ situation or it will create extra family feud problems. These parent(s) might not have anyone to turn to due to money crisis and stress management skills. Including with that, many parent(s) will feel a lot of pressure raising their children with substance problems, so often think it is okay for the grandparent(s) raise them. But in reality, parents don’t trust grandparent(s) raising the child well. It’s all about giving and hoping for second chance for families. We hope that parent(s)/grandparent(s) believe in their selves by proving to raise their children/grandchildren well.


This generation for teens has been causing of the riot for alcohol abuse. For the teens that are at risk shows from substance abuse family history, low self-esteem, and mainly don’t fit in a “certain” group. Since alcohol is our most invasive drug and teens have easier way to access it. Usually, adolescent teens have the attraction to go to college parties where their older “friends” gathered together. Another easier way could be finding it at home while their parents are at work. Not all parents realize their children are drinking behind their back and it attempts teens to drink more. Parents’ can help prevent their children from using drugs by talking about the consequences and the effects for their future. Parents can use tools to find signs of teenage alcohol abuse.

Physical: Red and glazed eyes.

Emotional: Depression, low-esteem, mood changes, or irresponsible behavior.

Family: Breaking rules or starting arguments.

School: Grades dropping, disrespecting faulty or skipping classes/school days.

All of this will reflects from new friends who will take your child into the wrong paths without realizing it. Also, one of the statistics proven that each year more than 10,000 young people in the United States are killed and 40,000 injured in alcohol-related automobile accidents.

Few questions:

1) Do you think the numbers will increase or drop?

2) How can families be more of aware of this situation?

3) Do you think the media also creates bad messages for alcohol substance?

Posted by Donna L.

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