February 26, 2020

Risk and Protective Factors for Teenage Substance Abuse
For young children already exhibiting serious risk factors, delaying intervention until adolescence will likely make it more difficult to overcome risks. By adolescence, children’s attitudes and behaviors are well-established and not easily changed.”

~ The National Institute on Drug Abuse, Preventing Drug Use among Children and Adolescents: A Research-Based Guide for Parents, Educators, and Community Leaders

When considering which teenagers are at the most risk of developing an addictive disorder, you must keep two things in mind:

What are Some of the Biggest Risk Factors That Contribute to Teenage Substance Abuse?

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism lists several risk factors that may play a role:

Which Protective Factors Help Reduce the Likelihood of Teenage Substance Abuse

Healthy and proactive parental interaction is the biggest and most important protective factor for children of all ages – from preschool to high school. Best of all, the sooner that interaction happens, the greater positive impact it will have.

Other factors that can mitigate the risk of teenage substance abuse include:

What Should I Do If My Teenager Is Using Drugs or Alcohol?


Your actions and reactions can determine if your child successfully recovers from their disease of addiction. Here are some do’s and don’ts:

When your teenager is abusing drugs or alcohol, time is of the essence. With early intervention and proper treatment, the progress of the disease can be halted and your child can return to a productive and healthy life. Contact Teensavers Treatment Center today to discuss which treatment options are best for your teenager.

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