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TeenSubstanceAbuseFacts and InformationTeen substance abuse is a problem, know the risk factorsand how to help your teenBy Ashley Price50%of teenshave
Risk Factors Associated with TeenSubstance Abuse (Inside the Home)Individual BehaviorsA child’s early behaviors can be signs and risk factors that the child might develop a substance abuse problemlater in life. For instance, a child that often get in fights and has trouble controlling their temper can be a sign ofimpulse control and that could lead to substance abuse.Family LifeThere could be a number of things going on in a child’s life that could lead them to substance abuse. Theseinclude but aren’t limited to:Abuse/Neglect in the familyParent struggling with substance abuseLack of parental guidanceConstant conflict in the family
Risk Factors Associated with TeenSubstance Abuse (Outside the Home)PeersTeenagers can be influence by their peers by peer pressure. Wanting to fit in withthe other teens and wanting to be popular increases the likelihood of teens usingdrugs.School/CommunityTeens have easy access to drugs and other substances. This, along with poverty, lack ofsocial skills and academic challenges can lead to substance abuse.Who Can Help?6 times more likelythe likelihood of teens usingalcohol if their peers are using[ CITATION Nov18 \l 1033 ].44%percentage of highschool students whoknow someone whosells drugs[ CITATIONThe182 \l 1033 ].