For many teens struggling with drug addiction, their drug dependence usually stems from the need to manage stress and pressure in their daily lives. When teens aren’t equipped with the skills and resources needed to manage these negative forces in healthy ways, they may feel compelled to turn to drugs. The sensation these drugs provide make them feel they are taking control of their lives, when in reality, it’s the drugs that end up controlling them.
Teens tend to keep their problems to themselves—even outwardly deny them. However, this doesn’t make their issues any less real. Oftentimes, it only makes their situation worse. Encouraging teens to discuss their frustrations with you as the parent can help release some of the ill feelings they keep bottled up inside. For your part, this can help you understand the best ways to help them deal with the stress and pressure that they feel.
When teens feel there’s someone they can talk to, the temptation to turn to drugs is greatly diminished. Remember this: most teens think that drugs are a problem solver. If you’re there for them, ready to equip them with the tools and skills they need to cope with the harsh realities of life, then you take away their reason to turn to drugs. In a way, you become their remedy, and that’s not a bad thing.