Unfortunately, drug abuse is not something that is adversely affecting adults; it has now crept into the lives of our teenager. The worst thing is that most parents are not aware that their children have adopted this harmful habit.

During their adolescent years, teens are battling with identity crisis among other social issues. These issues are what make them vulnerable to drug use.

In this article, we are going to highlight some of the factors that trigger drug abuse in teenagers.


  • Peer pressure


Adolescence is a stage where teenagers are eager to explore. They are looking to be accepted by their peers and, as a result, are lured into harmful activities as they try to fulfill peer expectations.

Alcohol is one of the most abused drugs in schools. Over the past few years, there is an influx of young people undergoing alcohol treatment. Most teens will consume it in an instant if they get a feeling that it will boost their social standings in school. The same applies to all other drugs.


  • Broken homes


The last thing any child wants is to grow up in a broken home. When this happens, an adolescent might look for a way to deal with the psychological stress of divorce. For some of them, drug abuse is a temporary cushion that shields them from the reality of things.


  • Ease of access


Some children grow up in homes where one or both parents are drug addicts. That provides a not-so-conducive living environment for the children, mostly curious teenagers. Teenagers living with guardians who are addicts are more vulnerable to drug use due to the ease of access.


  • Social media influence


Social media goes a long way in ensuring meaningful connections among people. However, when teenagers log on to these platforms, they may be exposed to pictures and videos of people apparently ‘having fun’ while consuming drugs.

Additionally, watching celebrities engaging in drug abuse gives them a false sense that the habit is cool and acceptable.


  • Curiosity


Humanity is always curious. Considering that adolescence is an exploration stage, it is not uncommon for teenagers to get curious about drugs. 

When teenagers are exposed to drug usage through guardians, media, and their peers, it is only natural for some to develop a sudden curiosity about how it feels to use them. As much as they are aware of the dangerous effects of drug addiction, they might try it out of mere curiosity.

It is advised that parents make a habit of talking to their teenage children about the negative effects of drug abuse. That alone might extinguish the urge.


  • Low-self esteem


A teenager is more aware of their physical appearance. With a majority of celebrities undertaking plastic surgery in pursuit of the ‘perfect’ body, teenagers are misled into thinking they need to look a certain way to be beautiful. 

Discontentment of how they look causes low self-esteem that may trigger substance abuse. According to them, it is a way to suppress their feelings and an escape from reality.


Bonnie Baldwin