School’s out for summer and that means teenagers are more likely to experiment with drugs. According to a report by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, June and July are the peak times for teens to drink and smoke marijuana. Over 11,000 young adults try alcohol and 4,500 try marijuana for the first time during these summer months. Teens are also more likely to start using inhalants and hallucinogens.
Having more free time, nowhere to be, and less supervision from their parents can make a teenager restless and more likely to experiment with drugs. The old adage “idle hands are the devil's workshop” rings true in the case of bored teenagers in the summertime.
Teenagers spend the majority of the school year going to class five days a week, doing homework for several hours each night, plus going to extracurricular activities. They can stay so busy that they don’t think about engaging in negative and harmful activities such as drinking or trying drugs. When that last school bell rings in June, they’re free of their usual obligations so it’s normal that they may want to seek out new experiences. Unfortunately, those experiences can involve alcohol and drugs.
If you work all day and aren’t able to watch your teenagers over the summer break, they’re more likely to do things they aren’t supposed to do. You can prepare ahead of time by lining up activities for them that will keep them busy enough to stay away from drinking and drugs.
Here are three ways to keep your teenager busy this summer:
If your teenager is old enough to get a work permit, he or she is old enough to find a part-time job for the summer. Keeping a sense of structure over their break from school will make your child less likely to get into trouble. Plus they’ll gain work and life experience, and have a little bit of extra spending money.
Your teen may think he or she is too old to go to overnight camp, but there are many daytime camps offered over the summer. Some are traditional camps with outdoor activities, but in many cities there are tech camps, music camps, and sports camps. Enrolling your teen in one will help them stay busy and possibly even learn a new skill. If they’ve been to camp before, they may even want to volunteer to be a camp leader.
Instead of letting your teen lay around all day watching Netflix, and possibly experimenting with drugs, make them take on more household chores. Make a list of things he or she needs to do each week, such as unload the dishwasher, take out the trash, or mow the lawn. If you have a big project you’ve been meaning to get to, such as cleaning out the garage, have your teenager and their friends do it. You can let them sell anything that would be thrown away in order to make some money.
Affordable Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Raleigh NC for Teens
If your teenage son or daughter has a problem with drug abuse, contact Legacy Freedom of Raleigh. We offer affordable drug and alcohol rehab in Raleigh NC. We’re here to give you the support you need to get your teen into a program so they can tackle their addiction problem. Our personalized treatment plans will ensure that your child will be able to find a solution that works. Because we offer outpatient programs, he or she can continue to go to school while getting help. Please, call us today for help.