What Can Make Youth Experimentation with Substances Boil Over into a Bigger Problem?
There are a number of factors—called risk factors—that can contribute to youth substance use boiling over into a bigger problem. By reducing these things at the community, family and individual levels, we are creating an environment that will foster healthy behaviors and relationships.
+ Community Level
- Low commitment to school
- School Failure
- Aggression towards peers
- Associating with drug-using peers
- Societal/community norms favorable to use, such as the number of retail alcohol outlets, adult use at youth sporting events, and community events where alcohol is available, etc.
+ Family Level
- Substance misuse among parents, guardians or other adults in the family
- Lack of adult supervision and permissive attitudes towards youth substance use, such as, "drinking is a rite of passage, it's inevitable"
- Poor attachment/relationship with parents/guardians
+ Individual Level
- Propensity towards negative emotions
- Giving up
- Not conducting themselves appropriately
- Favorable attitudes towards harmful substances, like alcohol, tobacco and marijuana
- Early Substance Use
- Antisocial Behavior