Which Drugs are Considered Gateway Drugs that Your Teens May Be Using?
NicotineThe most recent way that teens are abusing nicotine is with e-cigarettes such as the JUUL. Instead of thinking that vaping is dangerous, they become infatuated with the juvenile packaging, the fruity flavors, and the ability to get away with vaping on such a small device. One JUUL pod is equivalent to the amount of nicotine that is held in one pack of cigarettes and most likely will lead them to try traditional cigarettes, and eventually marijuana.
AlcoholThis drug is probably the most underrated gateway drug because of the amount of people who drink socially on a regular basis. Being under the influence of alcohol can invoke risky and dangerous behaviors that a teen would not normally do sober such as drunk driving, having unprotected sex, binge drinking, or trying hard drugs from lowered inhibitions.
MarijuanaConsidered a mellow drug, most experts say that marijuana does not lead people to try other drugs. The exception for this statistic is with an adolescent whose brain is still forming which poses a higher risk for trying other substances due to a lack of maturity. Whether gateway drugs are theory or not, the reality is that anyone under the age of 25 could be harming themselves. Addiction and brain damage are as real as can be and should be contemplated before entering the gateway of substance abuse.
If you or an adolescent you know needs to get help for drug or alcohol abuse, Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center can give you the guidance that you deserve. Establishing a strong network of family and community can reinforce practices for living substance free.
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