Teenagers travel through many emotional and physical changes, that may include mood swings, a withdrawn personality or very noticeable fashion amendments. Being a teenager is often about fitting in with a respective crowd of people, fashionably looking like the majority and learning to be independent. In these changes the pressures to use and/or abuse drugs are often quite common. Unfortunately, these cases of drug abuse have been reported to lead to a large number of suicides in young adults.
There are many symptoms that parents may notice to lead them to believe that their child may be using and/or abusing drugs. These symptoms may include, but are not limited to hanging out with new friends, spending a lot of time alone in their room and/or a major change in school grades or sport’s team efforts. As with most drugs, it is difficult to stop using them after full-on drug abuse has begun. In which case, some teens are hesitant to reach out to a loved one, or speak with their parents about the situation they have fallen into.
Death in teenagers can come into the picture for several variant reasons when in relation to drugs. The number one reason for deaths in teens, relating to drugs - is overdose. A teen may overdose on drugs due to not knowing how much of a given drug is too much for their body to handle, peer/social pressure or being drugged unknowingly by friends or school acquaintances.
So where do the suicide tendencies come in? Suicide is the third highest cause of death in teenagers and young adults. A majority of these deaths do involve drugs. When a young adult is heavily using drugs they may start to see their life unclearly. They may feel as if there is no way to come off of the drug, or no way in which to tell their loved ones/parents, When this is the case, a teen may feel like their only solution to the problem (drug abuse) is suicide, unfortunately.
A good practice is to speak regularly to your teenage son or daughter about their day, and any problems they may be experiencing. The better they feel about talking to you, the better the chance they might come to you with a drug abuse problem.
If you have a son or daughter that you believe may be abusing drugs, which is in turn, negatively affecting their life, contact a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center.With a medical team and counselors within that center, you have a group of knowledgeable professionals at your fingertips. Don’t hesitate to ask questions. It’s never too late to help your teenager, help them self.