The reasons for using drugs and alcohol often vary depending on the individual and the substances they abused. A very important part of recovery is to understand why you depended on drugs in the first place. At Inspirations for Youth and Families (IYF), we pride ourselves on making sure our clients are fully aware of the triggers and reasons for their drug abuse. A teen at IYF – during our blogging therapy exercise – writes about why he thinks teens use drugs.
“There are a number of reasons why certain types of individuals are driven to substance use and abuse. It seems to me that a majority of if not all individuals develop somewhat of a void within themselves or soul, this void can either be filled with some sort of activity, something that provokes a particular emotion.” added Blaize
“In some cases this activity can be healthy; in other cases it has the potential to be detrimental to the mental/spiritual growth of said individual. Quite often the detrimental activity involves substances.”
“These “voids” can be a result of several things; it can be a genetic predisposition, as well as traumatic incidents in one’s lifetime.”
– Blaize K, a teen at Inspirations undergoing addiction treatment.