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Many teenagers today are experimenting with alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drugs. This experimentation by teenagers has become the number one health problem in this nation. Teenagers may think that this is a normal thing for them to try out because it is often displayed in the media. Unfortunately, experimentation can lead to addiction, incarceration, or an overdose on illegal drugs. Proven treatment for addictions is not being used to the fullest by people wanting to recover.

 

“Research suggests that significant changes in drug awareness takes place between the ages of 12 and 13.” 1 Teens can find out about these things through parents, friends, school, and the media. If a teenager sits down and watches TV after school the odds are pretty good that the teen will see someone smoking tobacco, drinking, or doing drugs. The majority of movies display these things and many songs have lyrics about drugs and alcohol. The tobacco companies and the alcohol industry spend billions of dollars every year for advertisements that many teens see on a regular basis. 2 

“By the 12th grade, about 80 percent [of teens] have used alcohol, 63 percent have smoked cigarettes, and 49 percent have used marijuana.” 3 Alcohol and tobacco use are both predictors of later drug use. Youths that start drinking before the age of 14 have a 40 percent chance of becoming dependent on alcohol. 4 

Beating addiction

Substance abuse programs are known to cure people of any addictions they might have. Unfortunately many people do not go to them for several reasons. Some deny the fact that they are addicted and others are too embarrassed. The majority of people addicted to drugs and alcohol live in low income neighborhoods and cannot afford to admit themselves into a rehab clinic.

The use of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco will destroy your mind and body. Using these things will certainly lead to an early death. You will never be able to live your life to the fullest and enjoy the things God has in store for you.

The good news is there is one addiction that nobody should live without. That is Jesus. Jesus can fill our hearts, minds, and souls with so much joy; joy that can never be achieved with drugs, alcohol, or tobacco.

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By David Wolstenholm. Copyright © 2008 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines.

1 Ericson, N. (2001). Substance abuse: the nation’s number one health problem. Office of juvenile justice and delinquency prevention. Page 1.
2 Ibid.
3 Ibid. Page 1.
4 Ibid.


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