Were drinking and drug use part of your teen years? Did you have a few drinks, or experiment with marijuana or other drugs while you were in high school? For many adults in the city of Paramount and throughout California, the notion that some level of drug and alcohol use is normal for teenagers prevails, and many do not see it as a problem when their children, nieces and nephews, or grandchildren are found to be drinking or getting high. The fact is, however, that even experimental drug and alcohol use can set adolescents on the path to substance abuse and addiction.
One in 3 young adults between the ages of 18 and 25 in Los Angeles County report past-month binge drinking.1 That is 34.4% of young adults in the county who are at increased risk of getting into an alcohol-related car crash or developing an alcohol use disorder. People who develop a drinking problem early in life limit their opportunities for professional and relationship development. They may also be more susceptible to developing a substance abuse problem with illicit drugs like marijuana, cocaine, or methamphetamine.
If there is a young person in your life who is struggling to moderate their drinking or drug use, you can help them find the addiction treatment they need by speaking with a treatment advisor or browsing facility directories to identify the best possible rehab program for their needs.
- County of Los Angeles Public Health. (2015). Substance Abuse Prevention and Control: Medical Director’s Brief.
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