Our country is in the depths of an opioid epidemic, but a large number of calls to our Parent Helpline are from parents concerned about their son’s or daughter’s marijuana use. A timely reminder that while the landscape is constantly shifting, some substances — namely marijuana and alcohol — remain ones that parents should be vigilant about.
“It’s a rite of passage.”
“He’s just experimenting.”
“It’s a phase. She’ll grow out of it.”
Our culture has a habit of justifying certain types of teen and young adult substance use as perfectly normal, but research indicates otherwise. Ninety percent of addictions begin during the teen years, while the brain is still very much in development. Risk-taking and making mistakes may be normal teen behavior, but when it comes to substance use, there is reason to be concerned and take action.