Alcohol Abuse Starts Early

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The age when people start using alcohol and drugs may have an effect on their odds of becoming long-term substance abusers. A recent study found that nearly 75 percent of teenagers had tried alcohol by the time they were 18 years old. More than fifteen percent of teens met the criteria for substance abuse by age 18. The earlier one starts using drugs or alcohol seems to predict the likelihood of the person becoming addicted to it. "The reason we worry about it is that the earlier they use these substances, the earlier they become addicted to it," according to Susan Foster, vice president and director of policy research and analysis at the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University in New York.

Early Alcohol Use

In an an April 2012 study, French researchers at the University of Bordeaux analyzed data from a US survey of more than 10,000 teenagers between the ages of 13 and 18. The median age when teens started abusing alcohol or other drugs was 14 to 15 years of age. Therefore, public interventions to assure students do not begin taking drugs or alcohol should start in elementary and middle schools, as the courses taught in high schools may already be too late to prevent youth from experimenting with drugs.

Alcohol is Available, Acceptable and Abundant

In our society, alcohol is everywhere. It is even portrayed in movies and on television as the acceptable drug of choice for many role models our children watch. It is readily accepted that one goes to a party and drinks, or to a bar or restaurant and orders alcohol, but the experts say these mores or social norms must begin to change. One such expert, Bruce Goldman, director of a substance abuse program in New York, stated, "Social norms have a very powerful impact on drug-use patterns. We need to create norms where substance use and availability, especially for young people, are not acceptable."

This is a challenge for a culture steeped in drugs and alcohol. Where voters in two states recently voted to legalize recreational use of marijuana for adults, the social norms seem to be going the other way.

Alcohol and drug use may often go hand in hand, where a person may start taking alcohol routinely and then try experimenting with some other drugs.

In fact, other drugs are being prescribed at an increasingly alarming rate. These drugs may be the equivalent of heroin or speed. Adderall, for example, is a prescription amphetamine, often prescribed for college students to help them focus on their studies. Other prescription drugs such as hydrocodone and oxycodone are given routinely for pain after dental surgery or other surgeries and injuries. These drugs are opiates, as addictive as heroin, and are abused so often that non-medical use of painkillers like these has become a literal epidemic.

Addiction is Not a Planned Outcome

While no one plans to become an addict, it happens far too often. With some people like Jeremy M., he was using alcohol routinely and then started taking Adderall and other psychiatric medications to try to "balance out his emotions." The problem was Jeremy forgot how to live life, and had become hopeless, thinking he could never be normal again. He felt he had done so much damage to his loved ones and friends that he would never be able to go back.

Narconon Offers a Way to Get Sober again for Real

Luckily for Jeremy, as with tens of thousands of others, he found a Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in time to save his life. Narconon has been the drug-free rehab solution for tens of thousands of people. There are more than fifty Narconon centers, most of them residential, on six continents of earth. The Narconon program is not new - it was started in an Arizona State Prison in 1966 and has been helping people to find sobriety and giving them the tools to live a sober life since that time.

When he describes his experience at Narconon, Jeremy says it was "amazing." He says he learned how to live life again. He found ways to regain his family's trust and since he graduated from Narconon, he says he makes his life the way he always wanted it to be.

You can find out all about the Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program. Call now.



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