Warning: Popularity may be hazardous to pre-teens’ health. According to a study in the October issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health, popular students in 16 Southern California middle schools were more likely to become smokers than their less popular peers.
Preparation, preparation, preparation. That is really what all talks are for, to prepare us for tough situations that we might or might not encounter and have to handle by ourselves in the future. And as far as tough situations go, drug use—where our decisions could potentially threaten our lives—is pretty high on the list.
Do you think it’s safe for your best friend to “sleep it off” after drinking too much too fast?
Many children and adolescents use alcohol and other drugs. Some develop serious problems which require professional help to control. Such as inpatient treatment, outpatient treatment, twelve step programs, and dual diagnosis units for individuals with emotional and substance abuse problems.
Children’s addiction to nicotine from cigarette smoking, smokeless tobacco (chew), and cigars is a major public health problem.
Teenagers may be involved with alcohol and legal or illegal drugs in various ways. Experimentation with alcohol and drugs during adolescence is common. Unfortunately, teenagers often don?t see the link between their actions today and the consequences tomorrow. They also have a tendency to feel indestructible and immune to the problems that others experience.