The student life is one of the most interesting phase of life, but at the same time most difficult one too. This is the time when as an adolescent one tries to identify himself/herself, their strengths in life and their areas of improvement. It is a very vulnerable phase of life because we trying to build a bridge between childhood and adulthood. This stage also brings a lot of physical and physiological changes in our physical and mental body. It is a time of self-exploration and it is absolutely normal to get attracted towards trying new things in life whether it is alcohol. Because the pull and attraction towards exploration is quite on the higher side. But when this exploration turns into an addiction, it becomes a problem. Following are a few reason why it turns into an addiction:
Peer Pressure: Peers in this stage of life influence us greatly and peer pressure is one of the most burdened pressure on our shoulders too. There are insecurities creeping in and at the same time we cannot decide on how to say “NO” because of the painful consequences like being teased or humiliated or even being rejected by our peers. Hence, it is very important to learn the habit of saying “NO” and drawing your own healthy boundaries without being fearful of the consequences. These consequences are short-timers, but the addiction can be a long time problem to be resolved.
Curiosity: This is another reason why we want to attempt substance abuse in our life. Curiosity is a temptation which needs to be let gone. It is very strong during the adolescent phase of life. There is an innate desire to find out what happens after trying these substances. Rather than experiencing it yourself, it is advisable to first gather knowledge about it. One does not need to satisfy each and every curiosity coming up in the mind.
Escape Mode: Thanks to the over-competitive life we are leading, we often find ourselves frustrated and irritated. This is the time when we want to vent out all the pent up feelings and emotions. But when we fail to find an outlet, we move towards some kind of substance abuse as a substitute to combat this frustration. Substance abuse initially transports us into a very fantasy fun-filled world, but soon it becomes an addiction too. Instead, it is advisable to cultivate some form of creative expression as a hobby which will serve as a healthy outlet for these pent up emotions.
Boredom: There are times when we feel completely alone because parents are busy with their lives, no siblings around and inability to gel in with friends because of difference in wave lengths. So, then to fill in this void one has a strong urge to try on substance abuse. But again, this is a temporary companion with life long consequences. One may also get people along this path trying the same substances. But this will lead to further falling in the pit where the road to success ends.
Media Role: These days’ media plays a very important role in shaping our mental state of mind. We are constantly bombarded with advertisements on social media, television, radio promoting substances which are actually harmful to our mental and physical health. But the constant hammering of the media makes one more susceptible to trying on these substances and play the role of “Mr. Cool or Miss. Cool” as shown in television shows and reality shows too. This is where we need to discreet our mind and allow only those things in life which do not harm us in the long run.
I am sure a lot of youth will identify with these reasons. And if you’re identifying and going through similar issues in life, then it is time to seek help from your parents or any care-taking elders. Even though their first impression may be harsh one, but they will certainly help you come out of the problem.