Teen Self-Esteem and Addiction: Let’s Talk about It

As Recovery Unplugged observes National Teen Self-Esteem Month, we would be entirely remiss if we didn’t talk about the profound role that self-esteem issues play in the development and growth of addiction. The link between teen self-esteem and addiction takes many forms; and understanding the issues that affect children today can literally save their lives tomorrow.

Data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Monitoring the Future Survey indicates that over 11 percent of American teenagers engage in illicit drug use per year and that nearly 30 percent of high school seniors abuse alcohol each month. The agency also reports that self-esteem is a dominant cause of this widespread substance abuse.

Whether it’s peer pressure, the need to please, the need to fit in, or any other confidence-related factors, teen self-esteem issues can be a prime incubator for juvenile alcohol and drug abuse, and these problems don’t always end with puberty or graduation. What may seem like a simple “phase” in middle or high school can have enduring physiological impact, create lasting changes in the brain’s chemistry and form a pathway to addiction. Chemical dependency in adulthood is very often linked to mental health issues in childhood.

Personal Insights on Teen Self-Esteem and Addiction

Recovery Unplugged’s own Jordan has offered some of her own insights on the relationship between teen self-esteem and addiction, not only in the years leading up to addiction but also during recovery. Listen to some of Jordan’s own experiences and her advice to younger people who are currently struggling with similar situations.

Recovery Unplugged is fully aware that teen self-esteem issues follow you into adulthood and can go unresolved for decades. We’re here to provide comprehensive and compassionate behavioral rehab to help you address the root causes and sustaining factors associated with your addiction. If you or your loved one need help, contact us today to start treatment.

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