Why is it so hard for teens to say no to drugs and alcohol?

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A psychologist outlines the characteristics that make a teen more vulnerable to poor choices.

Drug abuse is a serious social problem in the world today because of the impact it can have on the health and well-being of society. Adolescents are one of the demographic groups most vulnerable to this danger.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has highlighted the importance of knowing and understanding why this group is more inclined to drug use, as well as the serious risks it involves, so strategies can be devised to help prevent and respond to the problem.

Excerpt from Javier Perez’s article in Aleteia- read more

11 Real Reasons Why Teenagers Experiment with Drugs

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There is a common misconception that teenagers who experiment with drugs and alcohol are inherently “bad kids.”

Many parents assume that teenagers experiment because they are rebellious and want to lash out. That may be the reason a small percentage of teenagers try drugs and alcohol today, but the dangerous trend is not that simple or one-sided. In order to understand us, you have to put yourself in our shoes and imagine what we are really experiencing.

Do you remember what it was like to be a teen? Understanding is the first step to helping.

(Excerpt from article in DrugAbuse.com)

Teen’s letter about drug struggle before taking his own life

DAN’S STORY: Daniel Coorey struggled with drug use.

I’VE got a lot of regrets with life in general and if I could go back and change things, I’d change a few.

If I had the choice to be anyone else in the world, rich or famous, I’d still be me because I’ve got a great family, great mates and a good job.

My plan is to teach kids to not make the same mistakes me and my friends made.

See, when you get into drugs you don’t even realise it slowly changes the person.

I know because it happened to me.

Excerpt from an article in the Warwick Daily News- read more