Why Do Teens Use?

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Today's teens are in a very different environment – with pressures, technology and priorities vastly changed – from when you were a teenager. Here you'll find out some of the most common situations in which teens drink and use drugs – and what you can do about it.

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Why do teens use drugs or drink alcohol? Some of the reasons may seem obvious: wanting to fit-in, to socialize, or wanting to hide from pain. But understanding the feelings behind these reasons for using drugs — as well as how everyday teen life comes into play — can be quite eye-opening for parents. This section will help you become more aware and offer tips for talking to your teen and for putting important guidelines in place.