A Note From The Santa Monica Teen & Family Therapist
Did you know that self-medication through drugs or alcohol is often an attempt to regulate or avoid painful feelings? – Sandra
Feelings aren’t always comfortable. Some teens so strongly dislike feeling sad, anxious, angry or insecure so much that they will do anything to avoid these feelings, such as experimenting with mood altering chemicals.
Teens at high risk of actually becoming addicted to these substances are often lacking deep connections with others. Meaning, they feel emotionally cut off from most people in their life.
Adolescence, with all the changes that accompany it, can be an intense time where teens are overwhelmed by new feelings. Substance abuse in teenagers can appear as attention seeking, and/or isolating behavior.
Reaching out in times of challenge is always a wise decision. If you have noticed changes in your teen’s behavior that leads you to suspect that drugs are involved, I have numerous resources available to help them.
If your teen or young adult child is struggling socially or emotionally, I can help you to discover the cause and remedy it.
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