It may be difficult to spot the signs in teenagers for a potential addiction to drugs. Typical teenage behaviours are often reminiscent of drug use. Mood swings, secretive behaviour and rebellion may all be rites of passage for an average teenager but it may be masking signs of something more serious.
Teenagers are particularly susceptible to peer pressure to tried drugs. The most commonly used drug in the UK cannabis is often a teenagers first foray into the world of illicit drug use. Cannabis is often seen as a gateway drug that leads onto the use of harder substances. It may be telling that the second most commonly used drug in the UK today is cocaine.
Teenagers may start taking drugs for a variety of reasons, whether it be to rebel against parents or deeper seated problems. Difficult events in childhood and unresolved issues can often make a teenager turned to drugs to escape problems at home. A teenager dabbling in drugs for the first time can quickly and easily become addicted as they experiment. They may come to rely on the short-term mood boosting properties of drugs and not have a real sense of the major problems it could cause in their future lives.
A criminal record received in teenage years for what most would regard as mistake made in youth can have serious implications on future employment possibilities. Receiving a corrected in your teenage years may affect career opportunities for a lifetime. Many professions require a person to have no previous record for employment and conduct CRB checks.
Drugs may seem glamorous to a teenager and the allure of the forbidden can provide great temptation. For most teenagers this will be a problem, but for some it can end up in the addiction. Teenagers may be afraid to admit to the parent and talk to them about their drug use. Even once a teenager realises that their drug use is out of control, which may be quite late in the day, they may feel that their parents will not understand. They may feel isolated and alone as they struggle onwards with their addiction.
Teenagers who are addicted to drugs are more likely to conduct to the conduct commit crimes to fund their addiction. Indulging in behaviours like shoplifting and petty crime they may go on to commit more serious offences as they try to find the money to pay for their drinking.
Teenage addiction should be addressed as soon as possible to prevent consequences reaching farther into adult life. If the reasons behind the drinking are not addressed and resolved than the addiction may carry on and cause even worse ramifications for the future.
It is essential to get help quickly for a teenager suffering from alcohol addiction. Private rehab can help get your child to help they need as soon as possible. There is treatment available from other sources for free but these usually huge waiting lists and it may take a long time for your teenager to get help. Destructive habits like addiction need to be nipped in the bud and by helping your teenager with their problem with drugs they can go on to live a happy and fulfilled adult life.