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Drugs & Teen Substance Abuse


Drugs That Teens Abuse  -  Warning Signs

Help, Support, Advocacy  -  Drug Treatment & Recovery

Help Your Addicted Teen  -  Self-Help & Support Groups





According to a recent report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a young person's average day often includes drinking, smoking, or using illicit drugs.


On an average day in 2006, about 1.2 million adolescents, age 12 to 17, smoked cigarettes, 631,000 drank alcohol, and 586,000 used marijuana.


In addition, about 49,000 adolescents used inhalants, 27,000 used hallucinogens (e.g., Ecstasy and other club drugs), 13,000 used cocaine, and 3,800 used heroin.


On an average day in 2006, nearly 8,000 adolescents drank alcohol for the first time; 4,300 used an illicit drug for the first time; 4,000 smoked their first cigarette; 3,600 smoked marijuana for the first time; and 2,500 used pain relievers for non-medical reasons for the first time.


In 2005 (the most recent data), more than 76,000 youth were in outpatient treatment; 10,000 in non-hospital residential treatment; and 1,000 in hospital inpatient treatment.


Teenagers may be involved with legal or illegal drugs in various ways.  Experimentation with drugs during adolescence is common.  Unfortunately, teenagers often donít see the link between their actions today and the consequences tomorrow.  They also have a tendency to feel indestructible and immune to the problems that others experience. 





Using alcohol and tobacco at a young age increases the risk of using other drugs later.  Some teens will experiment and stop, or continue to use occasionally, without significant problems.  Others will develop a dependency or addiction, often moving on to more dangerous drugs and causing significant harm to themselves and possibly others.  This is when drug rehab programs are essential to recovery.


Adolescence is a time for trying new things. Teens use drugs for many reasons, including curiosity, because it feels good, to reduce stress, to feel grown up, or to fit in.  It is difficult to know which teens will experiment and stop and which will develop serious problems. 


Teenagers at risk for developing serious alcohol and drug problems include those:

  • with a family history of substance abuse

  • who are depressed

  • who feel like they donít fit in or are out of the mainstream


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Help, Support, Advocacy


Australian Drug Information Network ~ Comprehensive Australian and international alcohol and drug information.


Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse ~ Information and advice from Canada's national addictions agency.


Join Together Online ~ National resource for communities working to reduce substance abuse by supporting efforts that advance effective alcohol and drug policy, prevention, and treatment.


National Asian Pacific American Families Against Substance Abuse ~ Addresses substance abuse issues of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) populations.


National Association for Christian Recovery  ~ Resources for Christians recovering from addiction, abuse, and trauma.


National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University ~ CASA brings together all the professional disciplines to combat abuse of all substances in all sectors of society through education, research, and advocacy.


National Clearinghouse for Drug and Alcohol Information ~ For drug information and treatment, call 1-800-729-6686.


National Institute on Drug Abuse ~ NIDA, part of the National Institutes of Health,  supports over 85 percent of the world's research on the health aspects of drug abuse and addiction.


National Inhalants Prevention Coalition ~ Inhalant referral and information clearinghouse, provides information and training, and offers toll-free helpline, 1-800-269-4237.



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