Many teens begin experimenting with drugs and alcohol simply because they are curious and want to know what it feels like. As teenagers, they have the delusion that they are invincible. Even if they know that drugs are bad, they dont believe that anything bad can actually happen to them. Teens with 25 or more per week in spending money are twice as likely to smoke, drink and use illegal drugs and more than twice as likely to get drunk. Teens with two or three of these factors are more than three times likely to become substance abusers. The desire to do something new or risky is a normal part of teen development. Watch understanding the why behind your childs substance use (partnership for drug-free kids) teens who perceive little risk in using drugs are more likely to use drugs. Teens may also use drugs or alcohol to relieve boredom feel good forget their. Explain your family rules, such as leaving a party where drug use occurs and not riding in a car with a driver whos been using drugs. If your teen breaks the rules, consistently enforce consequences. If your teens friends use drugs, your teen might feel pressure to experiment, too. More teens using drugs at school, study shows study teenagers reveal nearly 1-in-5 classmates drink, use drugs, smoke on campus. Teens who have low self-esteem are more likely to seek acceptance from the wrong crowd by using drugs. 3) self-medication the teen years are rough, and many teens who are unhappy dont know how to find a healthy outlet for their frustration. The younger a person is when they begin using drugs the more likely they are to develop a substance-abuse problem and the more likely they are to relapse into drug abuse when trying to quit. Fewer teens are using illegal drugs while marijuana is the substance teens are most likely to abuse, rates of pot usage have also declined slightly since 2011. Even drinking makes people more likely to get involved in dangerous situations,. Experts in drug treatment teach people how to live without drugs dealing with cravings, avoiding. Researchers are learning more all the time about how getting less sleep can affect teens health. In fact, a growing number of studies have shown a possible link between teens missing out on sleep and having a higher risk of using drugs.