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Alcoholism And Drug Use

Alcohol and drug abuse go together like apples and bananas, and there are hard solid facts behind this colloquial combination of vocabulary. Often considered the true gateway drug, alcohol is a drug in its own right that can lead people, especially youth, down a dark and desperate path early on in life. Issues related to this problem include peer influence, family situation, and spiritual values. An analysis of these problems might bring us closer to understanding the root causes of the connection.

Young people are especially sensitive to peer influence, and it can take only one fateful party or after school get-together to make the connection. Normally, young people and their peers will begin with alcohol consumption at parties. Later, perhaps one or two people will bring something they got from older youth, and the drug abuse will begin. It is almost always a case of a best friend doing it; therefore, I will try it. The chain reaction then goes on down the social pyramid ad infinity.

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The family situation faced by a young person is also a very strong indicator of what they will end up doing with their lives. It is all too often the case that a young person tries drinking for the first time when their parents are away simply because they have seen how daddy sits and drinks each night. From there it is easy to see the spiraling path, beginning perhaps at parties as mentioned in the above paragraph and ending in meeting the wrong person at the wrong time who gives the wrong advice to the wrong person. Fate works in sad and merciless ways sometimes. They have alcoholism problems at a young age.

Spiritual values are perhaps the best way to prevent a young person from taking the path of traveled through alcohol and drug abuse. If an individual is confident in his own ability and true value, he will not find great excitement or joy in escaping into the world of alcohol or drugs. When a young person enjoys life as it is, there is no reason for him to seek an avenue of escape from a dream world. Thus, teaching a young person to love himself and to trust himself is perhaps the best way to avoid alcohol and drug abuse in his future.

The above and other advice is just a beginning in the examination of this broad topic. Of course, a short examination is never sufficient, but it is hoped that with the above, a general understanding of the causes and effects of alcohol and drug abuse can be obtained. A good treatment for alcoholism often helps the person to completely cure his addiction.

Reference: http://www.aacap.org/cs/root/facts_for_families/teens_alcohol_and_other_drugs


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Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. He also dealt with the families and friends of those people; he saw first-hand how much strain addiction puts on a family and how it can tear relationships apart. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people.

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