Illicit drugs include LSD and other hallucinogens, narcotics including heroin and various pills, cocaine, barbiturates, tranquilizers without a doctor’s orders, and cocaine. Sadly, these drugs have made their way into schools across the nation. A report published in 2015 found that nearly one in every six 12th grade students in the United States reported using an illicit drug other than marijuana within the past year.

Signs of Drug Abuse in Teens

If you suspect that your child or someone you know is engaging in illegal drug use, it is important to look for common symptoms. Some of these include:

–          Decreased interest in hobbies or extracurricular activities

–          Complaints from teachers or classmates they interact with

–          Acting sneaky and/or secretive

–          Demand privacy and disregard authority

–          Missing school and/or performing poorly academically

–          Isolating themselves from family or friends – may even change friends or social groups

–          Become violent and/or extremely uncooperative

–          Increase engagement in illegal activities or behaviors

Side Effects of Using Illicit Drugs

Individuals using illicit drugs described here are more likely to suffer both short- and long-term health problems associated with drug use. Students are at an increased risk of suffering from depression and other mental health conditions. They are more likely to engage in sexual behavior, and they generally have low attendance rates or perform poorly in their studies. Quite often, drug abusing teens drop out of school or they are expelled. 

Trends of Drug Use in Teens and Children

Since the 1980s, we have seen a decline in the number of teens and children engaging in drug use. In 1981, the percentage of teens was over 30%, which declined to 15% by 1992. During the 1990s-200s, this number stayed steady at around 15%, but declined to around 6% by 2015.

Children that have parents or relatives in their home that abuse drugs are more likely to engage in this activity themselves. Thankfully, organizations across the country are banding together to keep the public informed about the risks and dangers associated with illicit drug use. The more educated people are about this topic, the more likely they are to practice refusal skills.


For individuals already caught in this vicious cycle, it is not the end. There are several treatment options available for individuals of any age. It is important that you have a strong support system available to help keep you on a positive path toward recovery.

At Asana Recovery, we help individuals every day determine the root of their addiction and work to live a happy and sober life. Quite often, young individuals get caught up feeling young and hopeless and they are unable to see the light at the end of the struggle. We have trained specialists available to help addicts through detox and we have both inpatient and outpatient treatment options that ensure each person gets the level of help they need.

Call us today at (949) 438-4504 to get the help you need today to move forward on the path to recovery.