Negative peer pressure can influence a teenager
to indulge in drugs. Read on to know the factors which are responsible for drug
addiction in teenagers and ways to help them counter drug addiction.
Teenage is a period when one has
just begun to get acquainted with the world around. He is experimenting and
trying to experience a whole lot of new things. This is a time when one also
tastes independence for the first time. This fact itself is so overwhelming
that many a times it is getting overboard as the teen forgets the limits and
restrictions of life. For them it is breaking all restrictions that define all
are aware of the fact that doing drugs is not a lawful activity and this
provides them with all the more thrill in engaging in it. Even if teens are not
straightaway involved in it, they happen to fall into it due to peer pressure.
At this age, being accepted by the peer group is very important to them. So
getting involved in activities that the group engages which seems to be as
important to the teen even if it is a drug.
Factors that Lead to Drugs and Peer Pressure
Here are some factors which lead to drug addiction
due to peer pressure.
Alienated Environment at Home
In most cases it is found that teens
who fall into this negative peer pressure
and drugs hail from families where their needs are not met. Here, the focus is
on emotional requirements. At this stage in life although there is this urge to
be in the company of a peer group but deep down the teen also craves for the
emotional succor at home. They still need the emotional support of their family
and parent. But if they find their parents to be extremely strict and
restrictive, they are prone to engage in rebellious activities just for the
sake of defying their parents.
They basically need their parents to
come across as amiable companions with whom they can share their feelings and
thoughts. Lack of it only pushes them towards their peer group. Further, they
are also made to feel by other members of the peer group that the feelings that
they will gain from taking drugs will provide them with an inexplicable
pleasure that will make them feel good. This acts as bait for the vulnerable
teen who readily gives into the peer pressure.
The Addiction and Spiraling
Although drugging starts with
experimentation but once the first step is taken, addiction sets in easily. As
an initial drug user, the euphoric high is easily attained, and then the urge to
continue happens naturally. Then, even if there is a weak internal resistance,
the peer pressure plays its role in the form of the ‘duty’ to maintain group
How Can Parents Counter Drug and Peer Pressure?
Let us have a look at how parents
can help their kids to combat drug addiction and peer pressure.
Teach to Make Intelligent Choices
The first easy step is to teach the
kid to make intelligent choices much before the factors of peer pressure
actually set in. It is like instilling the values
and that too through the statement of basic facts and presenting the positives
and negatives of both sides of the coin.
Teach the Importance of Values
Teach them the importance of values
and how it is important to wisely choose the peer group. Explain how it is
beneficial for the teen to belong to a peer group who has similar values and
Always maintain an easy
communication with them. This will enable them to comfortably discuss their
thoughts and problems with you. This will also provide you the opportunity to
offer suggestions and take guard wherever necessary.
Finally, you need to boost the
self-confidence of your teen so that he can uphold the values and does not feel
alienated from the family. Counter all the factors that push him towards a
negative peer group that indulges in activities like drugging with patience,
affection and intelligence.