Teens And Substance Use
NIDA (National Institute of Drug Abuse) studies indicate that 15% of teens are already addicted in high school and are at risk for death by the time they reach age twenty. That’s 15 in every 100 teens and 150 in every 1000 teens. The mortality rate for young adults is higher than any other population, except the very old. Many other scary facts (like one in four college co-eds are raped or assaulted as the result of substance use) are available to anyone who wants to know.
So, while the nation sent our precious children off to college with high hopes last week, many parents don’t think about what will happen to them there, what they will be exposed to, what traumas they may experience, or even that they may be at risk.
Parents Substance Use Impacts Children
Another taboo subject is the negative impact of substance use on children and young adults that can lead to risky behavior in high school and college Many parents don’t think that their drinking, taking prescription medications or eating and smoking cannabis could possibly hurt their children. After all, they’re adults. Many adults drink responsibly. Others don’t.
National Association of Children of Alcoholics reports that: “Roughly one in eight American adult drinkers is alcoholic or experiences problems due to the use of alcohol. The cost to society is estimated at in excess of $166 billion each year. There are an estimated 26.8 million COAs (Children of Alcoholics) in the United States. Preliminary research suggests that over 11 million are under the age of 18.”
Other Types of Substance Use
These NACoA statistics refer to drinkers but there are many other kinds of substance user parents. Children of substance users are often ashamed, taught not to tell what happens at home, and suffer in silence. Their interactions and relationships reflect the experiences they’ve had at home.
ROR Brings New Voice To Recovery Reporting
Parents and educations don’t hear directly from high school and college students about what has happened to them or what is happening which makes them feel no one is there to listen. Do t need to change or does their environment need to change so they can be grow safely. Reach Out Recovery is proud to introduce our Intern, a college senior who is also a COA to start bringing the voice of young adults to the recovery table.
Welcome To Our Intern
Reach Out Recovery Exclusive By Leslie Glass