The use of drugs and alcohol by teens continues to be a problem in our society. Being a teenager means going through rapid physical and emotional changes. A teen may choose drugs and alcohol as a way of coping with these changes or as a result of peer pressure and a need to fit in. It is important to remember that drugs and alcohol only add to problems, they don't solve them. Signs of a possible problem with drugs or alcohol may include a drop in grades, a change of friends, stealing money, needing drugs or alcohol to have fun, drinking or doing drugs alone, a rapid personality change, or a change in favorite activities. Open communication between teens and their parents is an effective way to calm parental fears and educate teens about the dangers of drug use. Teens need to know they can get quality, non-judgmental advice from their parents, and parents need to know that their teen will listen to their advice and make good decisions. For further information about teen substance abuse, talk to a counseling professional.
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