Recent studies have shown that the family and school environments can both protect Hispanic teens from and put them at risk for substance abuse. Many factors go into the initiation of substance abuse, including individual factors. However, the latest research is helping to pinpoint how external, social factors affect young Hispanics and may either lead them to substance abuse or prevent them from experimenting. Understanding these factors can help schools and communities develop strategies for preventing substance abuse in young people.
Researchers are trying to determine why Hispanic patients are less likely than their Caucasian counterparts to complete treatment for addiction and substance abuse. If experts can answer this question, they can find ways to keep minority addicts in the programs they need to overcome addiction. Addiction is a complicated and chronic disease that has no cure, but it is treatable. To live as an addict in recovery and to have a good, sober life requires completion of a treatment program with periodic tune-ups.
The number of Hispanic teens in the U.S. abusing prescription drugs is growing. Teens tend to abuse these drugs because they are easier to access than other substances and because they perceive them as being safer to abuse than illegal drugs. The major prescriptions of abuse among teens are narcotic painkillers and stimulants used to treat ADHD. Drug abuse during the teenage years puts young people at risk for a number of health, emotional and legal problems. Not least of these issues is addiction. Most addicts began abusing drugs at a young age.