Recognize the connection between drug abuse and emotional health
Adolescents with an underlying emotional condition may be more likely to abuse drugs than those who don't. There is a great deal that you can do to prevent these problems.
If you suspect your child or teen may have an emotional problem or if he or she has experienced a trauma, you can help prevent drug abuse by seeking counseling.
Conditions that may put a teen at greater risk for substance abuse include:
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Anxiety disorders
Getting the right help can increase the chances that your adolescent will stay drug-free. If you are concerned about their emotional health, contact your pediatrician/doctor.
This information is provided by the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services within the Department of Public Health.