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Reasons cited by teens for drug abuse

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Teens commonly cite these reasons for their substance abuse.

* To relieve stress.

* To forget.

* To numb the pain of abuse.

* As a social lubricant.

* For social acceptance.

* For confidence.

* As a tonic to boredom, inadequacy, alienation.

* To create a profound awe of the ordinary.

* As an antidote to emptiness.

Substance abuse is often the second prong of a dual diagnosis and may be associated--as a self-medicating behavior--with depression, bipolar disorder, personality disorder, anxiety, post traumatic stress syndrome, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Posted 3/28/2014