Substance abuse in adolescents often accompanies psychological problems. Despite common perception, not all adolescents drink or smoke spot. Many popular, social and academically successful teenagers enjoy socializing without resorting to drug abusive behavior (including alcohol and cigarettes). In fact, the more confident and intelligent ones recognize the negative consequences of addiction and abstain when approached by their addicted peers.
So when your teen or college student says, “everyone’s doing it,” don’t believe them!! It’s just an excuse. But most importantly, look at your own behavior and the behavior of others in your household. Does anyone drink? Smoke? Take pain killers? Teenagers usually do what we do, not what we say. Set a good example and they will follow.
If you or a loved one live in Manhattan or Bergen County New Jersey and might be experiencing substance abuse, the psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nurse practitioners or psychotherapists at Arista Counseling can assist you. Contact our Bergen County, NJ or Manhattan offices of psychologists, psychiatrists, and psychotherapists at (201) 368-3700 or (212) 722-1920 to set up an appointment. Visit http://www.acenterfortherapy.com for more information