Addiction can be a devastating condition that can cause the individual to lose everything that they have and hold dear. Someone who has never experienced an addiction can not understand the compulsion and the pull that the substance or activity has, and often people think that the addiction comes from a lack of willpower. The truth is that the problem starts deep within the individual and occurs because of past traumas that can create a spiritual void. Some addictions may be more deadly than others, and substance abuse is a big reason for concern because alcohol and many drugs can cause life threatening problems. One of the drugs that are frequently abused by teens is heroin and many end up in the Emergency Room or the morgue due to their use. Even a small miscalculation in dose and tolerance could lead to permanent physical damage and death.
In many cases teens start to use drugs or alcohol due to peer pressure and a desire to fit in with the peer group. Other addictions like shopping, sex, and gambling can start because these activities provide a sense of euphoria or make the teen forget about their emotional pain. Most teenagers find that adolescence is a time of emotional and physical upheaval because they are growing and developing quickly. Talk to your teen about addiction before this happens so that they have the support needed to turn down drugs or alcohol. Valiant Recovery provides a recovery program that can help individuals of all ages overcome addiction, and a comprehensive treatment plan is customized for each client to ensure the best possible results.