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Teen Drug Abuse: More Vaping & Pot Use – Support and Helpful Resources


Teenage substance abusers have several options when seeking treatment for drug or alcohol misuse. Resources providing help for substance misuse and families include:

Help for Parents and Family Members

Being the parent of a teenager is not easy. It is especially difficult if the teenager is using drugs and or alcohol. Al-Anon is a free, worldwide, non-profit organization to help parents cope with the stress.

Teen Drug Use Stats & Facts

drug dealFueled by the counterculture revolution of the 1960s and 1970s, marijuana and alcohol use among teens continues to be a serious problem in the 21st century. In addition, methamphetamine, “club” drugs like Ecstasy and spice, heroin and prescription opioid abuse negatively impact the lives of hundreds of thousands of teenagers in the U.S. every year.

Vaping, Inhalant and Marijuana Use Among Young Adults

A 2017 National Institutes of Health Monitoring survey found marijuana and vaping are more popular among adolescents than cigarette smoking or pain pill abuse. Statistics culled from this survey include:

  • 30 percent of 12 graders say they have used vaping devices in the past year.
  • Some report using marijuana or hash oil instead of flavored nicotine fluid in their vaping devices
  • Marijuana use among teenagers increased slightly in 2017 to nearly 24 percent from the 22.6 percent reported in 2016
  • Using inhalants like glue, aerosols and paint to get high are more popular among younger teens than older teens. In 2016, nearly 4 percent of 13-14 year olds say they have abused inhalants at least once

According to a recent report conducted by the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research, the percentage of adolescents using pot has increased more than teen smoking and other drug use.

Professor Richard Miech of the University of Michigan and author of this study says “as teens see less of a health or addiction risk using marijuana, the faster the prevalence of smoking or vaping marijuana increases”. Miech goes on to state that “among teens, the perceived risk of smoking pot is at its lowest level since the 1970s”.

  • In fact, more 17-18 year olds are now using pot on a daily basis than smoke cigarettes

According to the Centers of Disease Control:

  • Teens and young adults (12 to 20 years old) drink 11 percent of all alcohol consumed in the U.S.
  • Over 90 percent of alcohol abused by teens is consumed during binge drinking episodes
  • On average, teenagers consume more alcoholic drinks per drinking episode than adults

When teenagers were surveyed about their drinking behavior over the past 30 days, 30 percent of them said they drank “some” alcohol, 14 percent said they binge drank and six percent said they got behind the wheel after drinking.

report issued by the Department of Health and Human Services about teenage drug use found:

  • 39 percent of high school students say that have used pot at least once
  • Seven percent have sniffed glue, inhaled aerosol spray or inhaled paint to get high at least once
  • Five percent of high school students report using cocaine, freebase or crack at least once
  • Another Five percent of high school students have used prescription pain pills for non-medical purposes over the past year

Rehab Treatment & Recovery

The most effective form of rehab for teens with an alcohol or drug addiction is a residential treatment center providing 24/7 therapy in a safe, structured environment. Teens living temporarily at residential treatment centers live with other teens who are also suffering from substance addiction. Individual therapy, group therapy, pharmacological interventions and holistic types of therapy are just some of the evidence-based treatment modalities used by addiction therapists working at teen residential centers.



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