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:

  • ADHD
  • Depression
  • 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.