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TEEN ALCOHOL AND DRUG USE

ALCOHOL AND TEENS

As a result of overestimating their children’s ability to withstand peer pressure and underestimating the amount of access their children actually have to drugs and alcohol, most parents fail to appreciate the actual risk substance use, abuse, and addiction can pose to their kids.

According to a 2010 study, one in three kids attending middle school say that drugs are used, kept, or sold at their school and two in three kids attending high school reported the same. The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) estimates that 75% of high school students have used addictive substances and nearly 45% of high school students claim they know a classmate who sells drugs.

Alcohol is the most commonly used or abused substance among teenagers, followed by marijuana and then other prescription drugs, especially Xanax, Oxycontin, and Vicodin. Approximately 1,600 kids try prescription drugs for the first time every day.

Using or abusing drugs or alcohol at an early age puts one at a heightened risk of developing a substance addiction. If you suspect that your teen may be suffering from a drug or alcohol addiction, it is important to get them enrolled in a treatment program at the earliest opportunity.

The Asana Recovery Center offers a comprehensive detoxification and residential treatment program that can help those at any stage of addiction. Learn more about our facilities by calling (949) 438-4504 today.

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