The Why’s Behind Drug Abuse

motherlode-addict-tmagArticleThis is a thought-provoking piece from the New York Times parenting blog on teens and alcohol/drug addiction. “[Teens] don’t use drugs out of a desire to get high, but rather to cope with the stress and anxiety in their lives. Therefore, if we want to keep teenagers from using drugs, we have to help them manage that stress.”

Lots of parents (and other adults) on Bainbridge have been talking about teens and alcohol lately. We look forward to the results of the Healthy Youth Survey, which might lead to some fruitful discussions about keeping our kids safe.

But in the meantime, what can we do about the stress and anxiety — also prevalent on Bainbridge — that may lead to these risky behaviors?

Photo Shaul Swartz, New York Times