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As teenagers and young adults, it’s very easy to think that drug and alcohol use can be handled and controlled, especially if they see others they know doing the same thing.

It can become easy to rationalize like: ‘hey my friend’s been doing this for a couple years and he seems fine to me.’ Entertainment and music is full of drug references and that can add to the rationalization that drug use is ok sometimes. Boredom is a big factor in drug abuse in teens and young adults.

Drug use is often thought of as a way to escape the mundane world and enter an altered reality. Although many things in life are now easier than ever, the burdens are also very high.

Simply having a family, maintaining a household, and holding a job are huge stress factors.

Especially if that drug is making them feel all better, they rationalize that it must be ok to keep taking the drug, which can result in dependency. People use drugs to cover painful memories in their past.

This list has been compiled from 13 years of personal experience watching my close family member struggle with the darkest moments of addiction.

Many times I asked and prodded to get answers from my sister who was addicted to drugs.

Many people have never experienced addiction of any sort.

For these people it can be very hard to understand and grasp the logic behind drug abuse.

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