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By Avant8


Many families are affected by drug experimentation and addiction. It can start with teens who might start using drugs and it can quickly turn into an addiction that affects the entire family.

Dan Scholz, LCSW, is a the Clinical Director at LifeLine for youth and he helps breaks down what can lead to addictions and how to find help.

Drug addiction is a chronic disease characterized by changes in the brain which result in a compulsive desire to use a drug.

Teen substance abuse trends

  • Tobacco
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
  • Over the counters
  • Prescriptions
  • Spice
  • Mushrooms

Why do people take drugs?

  • To feel good
  • To feel better
  • To do better
  • Curiosity and
  • “because others are doing it”

Addiction doesn’t discriminate. It can impact every type of family regardless of background. We treat youth from all types of religions, socioeconomic background, gender, race, etc. Addiction impacts Utah families and can cause significant problems. As parents, spend time understanding prevention methods and warning signs of substance abuse problems. The more habitual the problem becomes the more difficult it can be to treat it. Fortunately there is hope. Addicts can change. We know that family support is critical in prevention as well as treatment.

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