The Impact of Alcohol and drugs Amongst celebrities and teenagers.

South African Media records of drug and alcohol mishandle in the midst of our performers, artists, actors and executants are widespread – a horrendous incident of the hip-hop star ‘Jub-Jub’ and the demise of four teenage students only emphasize the cognate catastrophe of this affliction. Statistics from “South African National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (Sanca)”, in the allocated rehabilitation programs they have divulged that there is a minimum of 329 teenage drug abusers that have been rehabilitated during the previous 12 months, on the other hand, more than 1000 affected pursue assistance from outpatient centres.

Chairman of Narconon  – SA Paul O’Sullivan, a global – distinguished drug and alcohol centre in South Africa since 2002 states.

“We are concerned about these increase in numbers and if we as a society accept that our celebrities and role-models are drug abusers, then our youth are in serious trouble”.

As stated by the data from the recent National Survey on Drug Abuse and well being (NSDUH), “22.7 million Americans” require treatment for a drug or alcohol difficulty. Look, this dependency is frankly a respecter of no person, does not distinguish.

Notwithstanding stardom, providence and profession, in the sight of drug abuse, everyone is a fair game. The evidence of that can be witnessed in the all-too-frequent announcements of prominent celebrities who openly grapple with addiction or encountered a repetition. Such as Drew Barrymore, Lindsay Lohan, Tila Tequila, Jeremy London. In South Africa we know Trevor Gumbi once struggled and overcame the addiction, Mobi Dixion, Hugh Masekela, Dj Sox, and Nina Hastie have grappled with such a predicament. Thank God they won the battle.

The ill-famed teenage years are the peak times for attempting recent things and advocating one’s self-governance. We know as teens transfigure into adulthood, they usually become tempted by adult PURSUITS. They desire to trail in the footsteps of their parents, seek commodities that their acquaintances have already accomplished, rather than initiating their own identities.

Numerous teens gyrate to weed, authorized drugs, club drugs, alcohol, or other substances as a method of subsisting with pressure, correlating to their friends, and revolting in opposition to authority. There was an ingrained research conducted by 2015 by the “National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)” stipulated that an additional 58% of 12th graders had guzzled alcohol and almost 24% had utilized illegal drugs in the previous year.

Young adults and teenagers get accustomed to alcohol and drugs for various causes, counting:

The predicament is the curiosity, the urge to recognize the state of drunkenness, inebriated, or inflated.

Our surrounding is full of Peer pressure; our companions are practising it or influencing them to partake.

Embracing, their fathers and mothers or their exemplars are part of the movement and most of the teenagers want to be accepted especially by those they hold high in regard.

Resistance, the older they get they want to riot in opposition to rules arranged to them.

Living on the urge, they want to send out a call for help.

Thrill-seeking activities: they require an encounter something other than immobility.

Experiencing apathy, no initiated goals to follow, utilizing their timeframe for trying drugs or alcohol so they are stimulated and aroused.

The love of gratification, they want to be aroused. Teenagers are facing deep sorts of emotions, and drugs can assist the dilute any pain momentarily.


Effectively deal with peer pressure. One of the substantial causes that steer teenagers to begin using drugs is because their friends utilize peer pressure. Everyone wants to be part of some part of a clique, and teenagers (and yes, some adults, too) allocate themselves in a place and partaking in things he or she would not do, just to fit in. Honestly, whom you hang around with needs to be examined in depth, are they elevating your well-being or not?  We need to grow a backbone, find a way to do what is important to us not what we are pressured to do. Teenagers must construct an exceptional excuse or formulate ahead of time how they need to spend time, to prohibit one from permitting themselves into enticing situations that end with destructions.

Deal with the pressures. Individuals today are overburdened and stress-ridden, and constantly feel like a good break or a reward is deserved. But in the end, drugs only make life more stressful — and the majority of us are frequently unsuccessful in acknowledging that reality at that present moment. In order to circumvent ingesting drugs as an incentive, allocate other alternatives to manage stress. Take up exercising, read a good book, volunteer with the needy, and create a purposeful life that edifies your life. Anything positive and relaxing helps take the mind off using drugs to relieve stress.

Model the behaviour you seek.
Well, practice what you preach, Walk the talk. We cannot anticipate teenagers to halt guzzling/drinking or shy away from drug abuse if we are not setting an example ourselves.

Resolve personal or family issues.
 We need to restore our family circles, pursue family counselling, pray together as a family, talk to the psychology as a family to dissect all the obstacles that hinder and also concerning substance abuse, brutality, divorce or sicknesses in our families. We ought to attain the assistant we require so that we can be certain that our family units (and teenagers) are mentally nourished.

Know what’s going on.

As parents, sisters, brothers, family members we need to be part of the teenager’s life. Get introduced to whom their friends are, their character and influence. Stimulate them to be self – reliant but set fitting restrictions, beginning with curfews and staying in touch when going out. There has to be accountability for every consequence when rules are broken.

Employ TV, radio and social media to educate families about drug-abuse prevention.

We cannot cancel out this remedy, there has been deterioration portrayed to decrease the non-medical use of narcotic pain pills.

Increase the availability, affordability and access to drug treatment programs.

It has been stated; approximated 80% to 90% of individuals who are interested in therapy are not receiving it. Well known figures can settle their expensive bills for exclusive treatment programs, we need to be able to give the same opportunities to those without the means. The Affordable Care Act needs a crucial component service constituent scope and equality for mental well being and drug use disarray, stating that insurance advantage for addiction must be corresponding to any other sealed general medical matter. The chance for genuine recompensing for substance disarray therapy is looking more organized than ever.

Now, we need to be aware of the  “South African Depression and Anxiety Group (Sadag)” associated with the “Department of Social Development” in instigating a toll-free drug abuse helpline in attempts to elevate entrance to assistance, reinforce and also pertinent remedy for drug abusers.

“The toll-free helpline number is 0800 121314, while SMS’s can also be sent to 32312.”

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