Teenage and Millennial addiction facts are different from other addicts and alcoholics. We think of addicts and alcoholics as older people, but technology has changed the world in many ways. Young people live a fast and competitive lifestyle and drinking and drugs can be a part of this. Today, it’s not uncommon for young people to be drawn to addiction. We’ve always known that young people were risk-takers, but now research has shown us why.
The differences are in the brain. Researchers have said that, adolescents can be more vulnerable to their environment than adults. This is nothing new. We’ve long known that young people are more impulsive than adults. They expect immediate reward, and because of this, it could be that their brains are more susceptible to becoming addicted.
It may be that, events or something in the environment could influence adolescents more strongly than in adults. For example: adults can predict the consequences of binge drinking or drug abuse, but for younger people ~ maybe not.
An addiction takes time to develop, however, now new problems arise. Drinking and taking drugs have become part of the lifestyle of the teenage and millennial addiction problem.
Young Millennial Alcoholics:
20 – 24 years old,
Young Antisocial Millennial Alcoholics:
25-26 years old
Started drinking at 15
Alcoholics at 18,
32% are Young Millennials
21% are Young Anti-socials
More likely to binge drink than any group in USA
Cyber-Millennials top the list for consuming risky levels of alcohol
Cyber-Millennials live a double life ~ health conscious, work out, smoke less ~ binge drink & alcoholism.
Consume 25.7% of the wine volume in the USA (global average is 20.6%)
55% of buyers 18-25 use mobile phones to procure alcohol or drugs.
This is a bright new generation of addicts
This is the first generation that knows nothing about living without a cell phone, the Internet or video games. They are a privileged group. Most likely, both their parents went to college and put off parenting until they were ‘ready’. This group has been born in the time of safe birth control methods, and legalized abortions.
There children were ‘planned’. Unlike any other generation, these children grew up protected. They were given organized sports, and cultural activities ~ and they were told by parents and teachers that they could do ‘anything’. It was fashionable during their upbringing to ‘develop the child’s self esteem’.
The Millennial is at home dining in fine restaurants, traveling the world back-packing, and ordering a 'designers' espresso. He or she can be seen working on a lap-top sipping a latte but can easily substitute any beverage for wine or imported beer.
‘Partying’ drinking, & drugs is part of the lifestyle.
For years, treatment has meant 28 days of rehab or a 12-step program. Success meant total abstinence.
There is also growing recognition that alcohol problems come in wide varieties, driven by a complex mix of genetics, life experiences and differences in how the brain handles stress and seeks rewards.
As a result, the most effective treatments
are highly individualized. This is particularly important when understanding teenage and millennial addiction.
There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ treatment of addiction.
Success is only achieved when the treatment of addiction is modeled to the individual’s needs.
Approximately 22 million Americans struggle with addiction every day. This epidemic strikes families without discrimination or mercy.
Need help with substance abuse or mental health issues? In the U.S., call 800-662-HELP (4357) for the SAMHSA National Helpline.
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