Is My Child at Risk for Teen Addiction?
Many people associate teenage addiction as something that happens to other people’s children, but not their own. They don’t want to feel as if they’ve failed as parents, or have created an environment that is conducive to their child developing a drug or alcohol habit. At Detox of Delray, we understand that teenage years are an especially difficult time for children experiencing pressure from others. There are many circumstances in a children and teens’ lives that can put them at risk for developing an addiction.
As a parent, it’s important to monitor the internal and external factors playing a role in your teen’s life to ensure they stay on a positive pathway to success, avoiding the downfall of drug and alcohol use. How can you determine if your child is at risk? Ask yourself the following questions:
Does my teenager have a stable home environment? One of the biggest factors that can shape a child or teenager is their home environment. A negative or abusive home environment can lead to addiction. Early childhood traumas, such as emotional, physical, or sexual abuse, are a main source of teen addiction. Parental behavior has a major impact of a teenager’s choices, both now and later in life. Make sure your teen feels safe at home, and allow them to feel like they can talk to you whenever they have an issue or a concern – make yourself available to them. At our detox facility in Delray, we can help teach parents mechanisms to create a healthy home environment and steer children away from making poor decisions later in life.
Do we have family history of substance abuse? It’s important to know that if you or someone in your family struggles with an addiction, your child is not immune to it. Addiction can be genetically predisposed, significantly heightening the risk of your child developing an addiction. Detox of Delray suggests taking the time to have an honest conversation with your kids about their own family history and the importance of living sober. Genetic predisposition alone does not dictate whether your child will eventually turn into an addict, but it does serve as a red flag for parents.
Does my teen have easy access to drugs or alcohol? Determine if your child or teen has easy access to harmful substances. Start by looking at your own habits and your own home. Is there alcohol, tobacco, or prescription drugs that are easily accessible? Next, look at who your teen surrounds themselves with and where they spend their free time. External factors like friends can be particularly pressuring on young teens to try new substances. Studies show that by the time teens reach their senior year in high school, about 70 percent will have already tried alcohol, and half will have tried illegal drugs. These statistics only emphasize the importance of talking to your kids about living sober.
If you believe your teen is currently using drugs or alcohol, help them get back on the right track today. Call Detox of Delray at 800-598-3386.