National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week 2023
Can Using Drugs Help Me Deal With Anxiety and Depression?
Scientists from the National Institute on Drug Abuse answer common questions teens ask about drug use and addiction. The episode Can Using Drugs Help Me Deal With Anxiety and Depression? highlights the long-term health risks of misusing prescription medications or other substances and shares options and resources for those with mental health issues.
“Sometimes when people are experiencing anxiety or depression they might reach to substance use to help them feel better or to escape and in the short-term, it can work but over the long-term, it just makes those conditions even worse”.
Talking to Your Kids
Starting the Discussion About Drug and Alcohol Use with Your Kids
Parents face a tough dilemma about substance use: we may want our children to abstain from alcohol and drug use but what do we do if they are not? Besides the effects of substance use on the developing brain, teens using substances may face very serious consequences.