The Affects of Early Substance Abuse

For a so called, “good kid”, a couple beers or a little pot seems pretty harmless. After all, you would know when to quit, right?

Wrong. According to this article by Nancy Shute, kids who experiment early with drugs and alchohol deal with even stronger addictions later on in life. Those who had conduct problems before using substances are twice as likely to have problems in school, at work, and with personal relationships. A wopping fifty percent of kids under the age of 15 today are using substances.

The point is, there is no such thing as a harmless substance when you are a minor. Our society is doing a poor job of encouraging teens to steer clear from the drug and party scenes. It is easy to be convinced that a minor use of substances is harmless when the statistics aren’t being taken into consideration.

There is no such thing as an action without a consequence. It is important for teens to look our for their peers and warn eachother of the dangers of substance abuse. Because of the world we live in today, it is often difficult to see through the fog that seperates us from present and future. The most beneficial thing we can do for ourselves is think beyond this moment and into our futures. If we become more aware of our actions and their consequences, our choices will become more beneficial and our lives beyond adolescence will reep the rewards of our early decisions.

http://www.usnews.com/blogs/on-parenting/2008/10/20/early-alcohol-use-causes-big-problems-even-for-good-kids.html

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3 Comments

  1. I loved your post! The “teenagers being teenagers” comment is one of the most annoying things I hear people say. When you ask s about their past they say, “oh ya I started drinking when I was 16 but that is just stuff everyone that age does.” What are they telling their kids? Drinking is okay when you’re a teenager? It’s sad that society says being in that age group gives you the right to mess up and go crazy because you can’t do those things when you’re older. If only there were more kids commited to making good decisions while they’re young.

  2. I thought you put it very well when you said, “it is often difficult to see through the fog that seperates us from present and future”. Sometimes it’s hard to think of the consequences before we commit an action. It’s all about instant gratification and living in the now, but perhaps if we could just take a step back and think about what consequences our actions might bring, then we could make much wiser decisions

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