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A New Kind Of Peer Pressure That Is Fueling Addiction

There is a new kind of peer pressure that teens are faced with today. It is appropriately referred to as digital peer pressure. Social networks such as Myspace, Twitter and Facebook have become so popular that nearly every teen holds accounts with at least one of these websites.

Parents may be surprised to hear what their teens are talking about through the use of these networks. In fact, a recent study of more than 10 million online messages, composed by teens within the past year, showed that they commonly talk about partying, using drugs, drinking alcohol and hooking up.

Another recent survey taken by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University showed that 75 percent of kids between the ages of 12 and 17 years old admitted that viewing pictures of other kids partying on the Internet increased their curiosity of using drugs or alcohol. Almost half of the nearly 11 million teens surveyed agreed that it seemed like the people in these pictures were enjoying themselves. It was also found that kids who viewed these types of pictures were four times more likely to have used marijuana, three times more likely to have used alcohol and almost three times more likely to have used cigarettes.

For high school kids, there may be a lot of attention that comes as a result of using partying. When teens post pictures of themselves or friends using drugs or alcohol on these types of websites, they are usually followed by dozens of “Likes” and comments about how much fun that particular night was or how drunk so and so was. With all of this “positive” attention from their peers, it is no wonder why some teens might find using drugs and alcohol as the “in” thing to do.

What Can Be Done To Avoid Digital Peer Pressure

Monitoring your child’s use of the Internet is a good way to keep tabs on them and make sure that they aren’t becoming involved with drugs or the wrong crowd. Get involved in your teen’s life. Know who their friends are and what they’re doing. Encourage your kids to participate in extra curricular activities that keep them productive and motivated. By taking these measures it is sure to help teens make good decisions for themselves and become less affected by digital peer pressure.

Many parents make the false assumption that sending their children away to boarding schools or private schools will safeguard them from being exposed to drugs, but unfortunately this isn’t the case. In fact, this same survey shows a 50 percent increase in drug use among teens that attended private high schools within the past year. Most likely, the best method of prevention is through education and good communication.

By creating a good relationship with your teen he/she can easily communicate with you about topics such as drug use and peer pressure. Talk with your children about the dangers of using drugs and alcohol. They just might not be aware of the risks they are taking when consuming these substances.

A family can even have drug rehab meetings where they can go over:

1.    What drugs are and their effects.
2.    The dangers of drugs and how addiction begins.
3.    The problems that addiction causes.
4.    How to avoid digital peer pressure and say no to using.
5.    How to help loved ones or friends who have falling into the trap of addiction.

Through these drug rehab meetings family members can have more control when drugs do come into their life and learn how to positively solve the problem.

Source: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504763_162-57498147-10391704/survey-digital-peer-pressure-fueling-drug-alcohol-use-in-high-school-students/

College Drinking Spikes Among Freshmen

When teens first make their way off to college, they are often filled with an overwhelming sense of liberation and freedom. They are taking their first steps in the world on their own, away from mom and dad.  They are ready to try new things, taste life. One of those things that they will most likely be trying a lot of is alcohol.

Most adults understand that excessive drinking can lead to death caused by alcohol poisoning, as well as injuries, assaults, date rapes, arrests, academic failure and many other problems.  Good luck convincing an 18 year old freshman that college is not all about drinking, though.

Experts report that during the first few weeks of college freshman are much more likely to be harmed by something alcohol related. The likeliness is especially high in college freshmen, most of which feel that excessive drinking is typical behavior in college and so behave that way.

College Alcohol Related Statistics

Parents of college students have good reason for worry. According to one study, 44 percent of college students binge drink often, many of which end up with alcohol related injuries or accidents.  Another report indicates that every year over 1,800 college students between the ages of 18 and 25 die due to alcohol related incidents. Alcohol is also responsible for nearly 600,000 injuries, 700,000 assaults and 100,000 rapes annually.

There are also lots of dollars being spent due to alcohol on campus. Each year, for every college of about 40,000 students, emergency rooms are spending $500,000 on alcohol related injuries and blackout victims.

One college with an enrollment of 59,000 students reported 679 students cited for alcohol violations. 49 were taken to the hospital for excessive drinking while another 29 were arrested for drunk driving.  There are spikes in these activities at the beginning of each semester.

More on the Spike

Experts conducted a survey on 77,000 college freshmen coming onto their campuses for the first time.  It was found that not only were they drinking more in the fall than in the summer, but that they were also drinking more in a shorter period of time.
It was found that generally freshmen generally shifted up one category. That is, non-drinkers became light drinkers and light drinkers became binge drinkers.  In fact it was found that only 8 percent were heavy drinkers at the beginning of summer and that the number grew to 28 percent heavy drinkers by the end of fall.

Parents Can Help With Drug Rehab Meetings

Studies have shown that parents talking to their kids about these dangers can greatly reduce the chance that your child will become one of those statistics. It is an important thing to get involved with you kids on this subject rather than let them fend for themselves. You can even set up drug rehab meetings in your family or drug awareness talks that give real information on the dangers and side effects of most drugs. Using videos is also a good tool or even having your son or daughter speak to someone who struggled with a substance abuse problem. The more information and communication amongst family members the less of a chance that your child will start down the road to drug abuse and addiction.

If you have a child that is already struggling with alcohol abuse, you can contact Narconon International for advice or any of our residential treatment programs. We are professionals that help thousands and thousands of people yearly and we can answer any questions that you may have to help you or a loved one recover.

Source:
http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2012-08-20/health/os-college-drinking-20120820_1_college-students-binge-drink-college-campuses-alcohol-violations

Media Catching Up To The Risky Rise Of The Good Grade Pill

After years of growth in the use and abuse of prescription stimulants by America’s students, major media outlets are finally spreading the word. A thorough article in the New York Times exposed the extent to which America’s youth are relying on prescription stimulants like Ritalin, Adderall, Concerta and Vyvanse to boost their ability to ace tests, finals and placement exams.

At highly competitive high schools like those where the students are expected to progress on to Ivy League schools, the use of these drugs has gotten even more prevalent. While surveys like the annual Monitoring the Future survey of 8th, 10th and 12th graders states that use of stimulants has declined and is holding steady at that lower level, anecdotal information and interviews with the students in these environments tell different tales. In some high schools and colleges, students, faculty or medical staff estimate use at 25%, 33% or even 40% of the student body.

The culture of American schools seems to have accepted this risky rise of the good grade pill, despite the dangers that accompany it. While little news coverage attests to the addictiveness of this pill and the fact that some students progress on to abuse of other drugs, the New York Times article pulls no such punches. This article comments on some students winding up in rehab and others progressing on to use of stimulants like cocaine or opiates like Percocet. In fact, the risky rise of the good-grade pill is endangering our young people, either by the toxic effects of the drugs themselves, by the possibility of addiction or by the tendency of some of these students to move on to the use of other drugs.

Creating A Drug-Free Culture For Youth

Teaching children that it’s wrong to rely on drugs for achievement or mood modification is going to involve getting all the young people currently using drugs off them totally. Some of these people will need rehabilitation in order to stop. Many others will need drug education to teach them clearly enough why drug use is damaging. If they feel compelled to illicitly acquire these drugs, or to lie to medical personnel about their reasons for needing them, they will need to get a firm grasp on the rationale behind staying sober. It is likely to take a clear understanding of the value of a drug-free life to shift a student’s viewpoint over to a desire to face life sober.

Drug Rehab Meetings May Help Some But Others Will Need More

Around the world, there are tens of thousands of drug rehab meetings. It’s possible to find drug rehab meetings in almost any small town, at almost any time of the day or night. Some people find that these meetings bring them success, but other people need much more intensive help.

When a person starts being addicted very early or when they spend many years being addicted, they can lose the social skills required to interact with others. They could attend drug rehab meetings for years without coming to grips with their own issues.  That’s why the Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program does not rely on this type of meeting. Every step of the Narconon program is calculated and designed to address a specific aspect of addiction.

Over forty-five years, the Narconon program has built up an impressive history of helping the addicted leave the habit and the damage behind. Seven out of ten Narconon graduates go on to build sober lives for themselves after they go home.  Find out more about this unique program by calling 1-800-775-8750 today.

Sources:

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9F01E2DE1339F933A25755C0A9649D8B63&emc=eta1&pagewanted=5

Why Are More Addicts Turning To Crime To Fuel Drug Habits

Some are desperate for their next fix; others are high on drugs but the fact remains that more and more addicts are turning to crime to support and fuel their drug habits.

According to the Bureau of Justice more than 18% of those in state prisons and 17% incarcerated in federal prisons committed their crimes to get money for drugs. In addition to this 26% of violent crimes were committed by someone who was using drugs or alcohol at the time they committed the crime.

Crimes like robbery, theft, fraud, and even rape and murder are committed (in a large percentage) but those under the influence of drugs.

[Ref: http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/content/dcf/duc.cfm]

Case Studies Of Crime Drug Relation

There are many case studies that point out a direct relation to those addicted fueling their habits with crime. They include:

•    In one case a 35 year old heroin addicted homeless man burglarized at least half a dozen rural homes while the owners were away at work or on vacation. The 35 year-old heroin addict targeted jewelry, electronics, guns, or anything else of value that he could sell to fuel his addiction. He was suspected of racking up more than $7,000 worth of stolen goods.

In some area areas that have been effected by heroin addicts looking to fuel their addiction authorities have seen a 30% increase in rural residential burglaries in the past year.

Another study indicates the following:

•    A masked man walked into a drugstore early one Saturday morning, approached the pharmacy counter and, realizing it was closed, so he left. An hour later, wearing the same mask, he entered the store across the street, handed the pharmacist a list of drugs scrawled on a napkin and threatened to kill the pharmacist if he didn’t get them.

In this offense, police were waiting, since they had been notified by employees of the first account. As the suspect dashed from the store, prescription painkillers clutched in his hand, a police officer caught him. This happened in a town where 10 other pharmacies have been robbed this year in a place with a population of 250,000.

In almost every one of these robberies the addict asked specifically for certain prescription drugs like Opana which a trade name for oxymorphone a powerful prescription painkiller.

These stories are prevalent online and in newspapers all over the country. And, in one area of the north east there has been a 200 percent increase in breaking and entering involving both vehicles and homes.

Why Addicts Commit Crimes & What Is Being Done

Many police departments say the vast majority of these crimes are being committed by addicts who are trying to support expensive drug habits in a tough economy. Heroin is the substance of choice in some northern towns, but in some southern towns it is prescription drugs where the small pills are causing big problems.

The addicts are stealing valuables to trade or sell for drugs, or they’re breaking into homes just to raid medicine cabinets. Some will even hang out around pharmacies knowing when people are getting their prescriptions refilled and will steal from them directly or from the pharmacies through robberies.

Because prescription drug abuse is the nation’s fastest growing drug problem, the state and federal governments are cracking down with prescription monitoring programs. These programs operate through a database where doctors, pharmacies and enforcement officials can track prescriptions.

In addition to this the subject of prescription drug abuse and drug related crime has been covered in drug rehab meetings as well as with youth through drug prevention.

For more information on this growing problem contact Narconon International today.