These days, it’s not unusual for a number of young people to experiment with recreational substances ranging from simple alcohol to illegal drugs. Though parents often worry about teens descending into a spiral of drug addiction, a recent study by the University of Oregon points out that some teenagers have the mental strength to resist temptation—under the right circumstances. As it was recently featured on HNGN (Headline & Global News), this is what the study says:
A new research by the University of Oregon shows that teens who are not focused on their goals are the ones to involve in substance abuse. The study found that youngsters who have a strong working memory can easily escape early drug experimentation without progressing into substance abuse problems.
According to the study’s lead author, Atika Khurana, executive attention plays an important role in helping youngsters not indulge in substance abuse. Executive attention is a component of working memory that involves a person’s ability to focus on a task and ignore distractions while processing relevant goal-oriented information, she explained.
However not all teens have a strong working memory and they might easily slip into a form of substance abuse. Thankfully, for those parents needing help, a counselor in West Hartford, CT like Scott Sweeney of Sweeney Therapy can provide the support they need to help a child or simply a loved one to overcome a destructive addiction.
The popular approach of many substance abuse counselors in CT is to engage a client in therapy. There are several modes of therapy that can help those suffering from addiction, all of which are aimed at changing a person’s behavior and attitude toward their harmful compulsions, and helping them develop healthy coping and life skills. There are many examples of therapy that can be used to do this.
One example is cognitive-behavioral therapy. This particular form of therapy teaches a person to recognize the moods, thoughts, and situations that can cause drug craving. These “triggers” make it difficult for some people to resist their urges to abuse drugs. By teaching a person to recognize these so-called triggers, they would be able to avoid them and get themselves out of harm’s way.
Motivational interviewing therapy is another popular example. For substance abusers to be cured of their addiction, they need to be capable of facing their problem. Motivational interviewing gives them a chance to do so and to focus on why they need to change for the better.
Therapy helps strengthen the mind and will of a person. Indeed, with proper counseling and support from their significant others, individuals dealing with substance abuse can have another chance at a normal and happy life.
(Source: Teens with Strong Minds Less Likely to Indulge in Substance Abuse, HNGN, October 6, 2014)