Addiction to various substances, including drugs and alcohol, can start at any age. Teens usually develop drug addiction when they use drugs to have a good time, to be more like their friends, or simply to deal with stress.
Teens can use drugs for various reasons. Some of the reasons are:
- it seems exciting
- promotes a feel-good factor
- makes them feel more grown up
- makes them fit in within a certain group
What starts as a harmless activity can soon become a serious problem in the form of teen drug abuse and in certain cases it can even be fatal. As per the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), in 2015, there were 4,235 drug overdose deaths involving those between 15-24 years. As per the agency, prescription drug overdose accounted for 2,242 deaths, opioids accounted for 3,082 deaths and illicit drugs accounted for 2,151 overdose deaths among teens in 2015.
As compared to older substance abusers, adolescents and young adults have different treatment needs and might not seek treatment on their own. Therefore, drug treatment for teens involves a combination of evidence-based therapies and traditional therapies for drug and alcohol addiction.