Social Media, Teens, and Substance Abuse, Part 2

Asheville drug and alcohol treatment centerDid you know that a recent study shows that teens who aren't limited in their social media usage are more likely to use drugs or drink alcohol? Legacy Freedom has an Asheville drug and alcohol treatment center that specializes in helping teens, read more!

How Much Time Is Spent on Social Media?

According to casacolumbia.org, "70% of teens report spending time on social networking sites in a typical day compared to 30% of teens who say they do not. This means that 17 million 12- to 17-year old's are social networking in a typical day."

American teens ages 12-17 who in a typical day spend any time on social networking sites are at increased risk of smoking, drinking and drug use, according to the National Survey of American Attitudes on Substance Abuse XVI: Teens and Parents.

According to a study conducted by Tran, "Nearly all (92%) engaged in online social networking; the majority used Facebook. Many (44%) said they posted drug-related content on social networking sites, and 94% said their friends did. Additionally, 97% reported their social networking friends used drugs." Tran also reported that, "66% (77% of girls and 53% of boys) reported that drug-related content on Facebook, MySpace, or Twitter made them feel like they wanted to use drugs."

In our last blog post, we shared more information regarding this issue and facts that support the survey's findings. Be sure to visit back with it to learn more, if you're interested in seeing the full results of the study.

How Can Parents Help This Problem?

One might be wondering, after reading these facts, how we can stop this from happening. More research shows that it starts with the parents. Would you believe that more than 80 percent of parents believe that excessive use of social media won't cause their child to drink alcohol? In addition, close to 90 percent of parents think that drug use won't stem from seeing their peers do so on social media.

Remember, social media influencing teens is just another form of peer pressure that should be taken seriously. The first step to ensuring that it doesn't happen is to teach your child that drugs and alcohol are wrong. Set rules and make sure they know that they will get in trouble for breaking them.

If you're worried about your teen son or daughter and how they'll be influenced on social media, consider limiting their use for a while and see if you notice a difference in their behavior.

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Do you suspect your kid is already using drugs? If so, it's time to get help. You might not want to believe that your teens are using drugs or drinking alcohol, but their behavioral changes might suggest otherwise. Know that there are others out there dealing with these same issues, and regardless of how bad your teen’s drug use has become, help is always available. With combined support from family and Legacy Freedom, you are not alone in this, and your recovery is just around the corner. Help is a phone call or visit away so please contact Legacy Freedom to learn about our facility. We offer programs that are tailored to fit the needs of your teen so that they're able to learn how to rejoin life, drug-free.

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