Young people are among the biggest groups of drug addiction problems all over.
Some give in to peer pressure, some come from families with drug addiction problems, others fall victim to it through prescriptions or curiosity. No matter how the drug addiction begins, it is a battle that many of the world’s youth go through.
Once upon a time drug addicts were looked upon as bad people.
They were dealers and they were mob people, they were criminals. Now, the new face of drug addiction is youth. Young people from all classes of society are getting involved with drugs out of peer pressure at the lake, hanging out around a campfire or at party. It is not unusual (unfortunately) to find a thermos filled with alcohol or some type of drug stashed in a high school locker. College students call home and ask their parents if they need some ADHD prescription because it helps them study for a test or do a term paper. The face of drug addiction is not the stumbling strange almost homeless looking person walking down the other side of the track, the face is a teenager that can live anywhere, even next door or in the bedroom down the hall.
* Teens can fall into drug addiction with the use of prescription medication. Young men and women may depend on a sports scholarship for school and if they get hurt, some will literally keep quiet about it and over-use their prescription to get through, not only taking greater physical risks but getting addicted to the medication as well.
* There are ADHD medications that are truly needed in some cases. However, if a young person does not have that problem, the medication can work the way speed does and they can get hooked on those drugs because they like the feelings they get from the medication.
* Teenagers like to get together on weekends and party. A harmless drink or two, however, can lead to an alcohol problem. Some teens are genetically prone to addiction without realizing it. Others can begin a journey that turns into a nightmare as they yearn more and more for the feeling they get from alcohol, a new way to escape from other nightmares they perceive their lives to be.
* Making youth aware of the dangers and seriousness of drug addiction can help prevent some or most cases.
Still, as in anything, there will be those who give in to drugs. There are treatment programs that concentrate on helping young people to recover as well as offer support to them and their families. These programs realize that the new face of drug addiction can be seen in the youth of today.