Drugs and Alcohol: Young People’s Perceptions

drugs and alcoholIt goes without saying that a lot of what people see or hear in the media is, to put it simply, not true. For educated adults that is an obvious reality. However, for adolescents and young adults who are prone to naivety, media output is often taken to be factual. For the most part, such ignorance is not all that harmful, but there are occasions when what is seen or heard on television or the Internet leads people down a destructive path. Especially regarding the use of drugs and alcohol.

When it comes to addictive substances, there is a lot that even experts do not fully understand. But, what they do know can help young people make more informed decisions about the use of mind altering substances. Unfortunately, media outlets rarely turn to such experts before disseminating. Unfortunately, what young people learn from the media, actually shapes how they view certain subjects. A young person sees actors enjoying the use of certain substances, seemingly without consequence. In turn, said person forms an opinion that the use of drugs or alcohol is safe.

For some people, those types of misconceptions can lead to drug use, abuse and addiction. Which is why it is vital that experts engage regularly with young people about the inherent dangers of substance use—with the goal of debunking certain myths.

The Truth About Addiction, Is Often, A Partially Told Story

The National Institute On Drug Abuse (NIDA) and National Institute on Alcohol and Alcoholism (NIAAA) use the month of January to focus on enlightening young people about drugs and alcohol—to Shatter the Myths they might have about their dangers. This week is National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week (NDAFW), and in communities and schools around the country, addiction experts have been engaging with young people to refute the myths about alcohol and drug use fostered over the:

  • Internet
  • Social Media
  • TV
  • Movies
  • Music

Please watch a short video featuring NIDA Director, Dr. Nora Volkow and NIAAA Director, Dr. George Koob, on the subject:

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Changing Your Relationship With Drugs and Alcohol

Unfortunately, there are many young people who started down the dark road of addiction without having all the facts. Drug and alcohol use in high school, commonly results in continued use in college in beyond. If you or a loved one is battling the disease of addiction, please let Synergy Group Services help you break the cycle of addiction, and learn to live life free from the grip of all mind-altering substances. Our experienced staff specializes in treating young adults from the age of 18 to 24, living with addiction.

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