As a teen, it is not uncommon to feel pressure from your peers about trying drugs and alcohol. If you feel that engaging in drug use or alcohol use is wrong, stand up for yourself. If you are still unsure, try to think about what the future consequences could be from the choices you make today. Drug and alcohol abuse can cloud an individual’s judgment and decision making skills–that can make a person more likely to engage in risky behavior (i.e. unsafe sex practices).
When a person frequently uses a drug or alcohol to the point of abusing it, they can become addicted. Overcoming addiction is difficult–but possible. There are different resources available to help those battling an addiction.
If you are struggling with an addiction, remember that you are not alone. There are people who can help you. It is never too late to reach out and ask for help.
Resources for Overcoming an Addiction
- Greater San Antonio Texas Ala-Anon and Alateen* 210-829-1392, Toll Free Number 888-829-1312, http://www.san-antonio-alanon.org.
- San Antonio Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse* 7500 Hwy 90 San Antonio, TX 78227, 210-225-4741, www.sacada.org.
- National Alcohol and Substance Abuse Information Center 800-784-6776, 24 hours, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. www.addictioncareoptions.com
- Coalition Against Drug Abuse 888-905-4415; 24 hours, 7 days a week, 365 days a year; drugabuse.com