If you are the parent of a teenage son, you understand they are going through a period of immense physical, emotional and psychological growth. As their bodies and minds mature, adolescents are learning how to make sense of the world they live in and are understanding how to interact with others on a deeper level. While this time period is one of great growth and promise, the teenage years are also a time where they are vulnerable to peer pressure and inundated with messages from mass media. With everything teenagers face today, drug and alcohol use continues to be a major concern among all parents.
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Teenagers are introduced to drugs and alcohol by friends and often experiment with these substances as a way to “fit in” or feel more mature. While experimentation may be viewed by some parents as “just a part of growing up” or that “it’s just a phase”, drug use during the teenage years poses significant health risks that can last through adulthood. Because an adolescent’s brain and body are in a crucial phase of growth the use of drugs and alcohol impairs physical and mental functioning. Additionally, teens who experiment and become addicted to substances suffer academically, can get into frequent legal trouble and put severe burdens on their families.