Issues Teens Face

Why do our teens use drugs, alcohol, gamble or engage in any destructive behaviors such as eating disorders or cutting? For any prevention program to be a success, it must address the underlying reasons our children become addicts.

  • Media pressure
  • Family pressure
  • Peer pressure
  • Drugs and alcohol
  • Perfectionism
  • Feeling “less than” do to society’s unrealizable standards of success
  • Family dysfunction
  • Too high of expectations, which results in a need to escape with anything that numbs the mind like internet gambling and pornography, excitement and danger, violence against self and others
  • Push to succeed
  • Over scheduling
  • Disconnect from family
  • Stress
  • The “whatever, dude” response to life
  • Shame
  • Feelings of emptiness and disconnect
  • Search for own identity
  • Search for acceptance
  • Search for self-worth