Substance abusers really don’t look like the people we tend to picture in our mind’s eye. And they certainly don’t look like our kid. A vision I conjure up is one of a disheveled, dirty middle aged individual complete with rotting teeth.
That picture doesn’t fully capture reality. Many addicts are able to function well. Not all publicly spiral downward like: Britney Spears with her shaved head (some say she shaved it to cover up drug use) and Lindsey Lohan’s with multiple arrests in her resume.
Teenagers who use and abuse drugs and alcohol often look like a typical healthy kid: hip, smart, and stylish. They may engage in common teen activities and behavior. They don’t match the image of an addict.
Young people are tempted into use substances for 5 main reasons (click here to read the rest of the article)
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