In today’s digital age of sharing photos and thoughts, it seems as if everyone under the age of 30 has multiple social media accounts that they post to each day. While social media can be a great tool for staying up to date on news and keeping in touch with friends and family, it can also influence a person’s decisions regarding drugs or alcohol.

While you may not have considered this, here’s how social media can lead to heavy substance use.

Social Media and Substance Abuse

Pages are Full of Substance Use

There are countless social media accounts dedicated to people making poor decisions or acting inappropriately while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. While you might think this would discourage people from overindulging, the accounts often make alcohol and drugs use seem comical, with some even encouraging people to submit their own videos and photos.

This creates a mindset that convinces Millenials that it’s a good idea to drink to excess or use drugs so they have a chance to end up on these pages and go viral. For those who are trying to abstain from substances, seeing the flood of posts these pages put up can create more temptation.

Social Media Creates FOMO

The fear of missing out or “FOMO” is a big problem among young adults who are worried about being left out of exciting events. If they try to stay home on the weekends, all they have to do is open up Instagram or Snapchat to see friends enjoying bottles of wine at dinner, taking shots at a bar, or smoking marijuana. They’ll fear they’re missing out on a good time and end up going out more as a result.

Social Media Affects Mental Health

While social media can present young adults with inspirational quotes and feel-good stories, it also presents many negative situations. Cyber-bullying is rampant and the surplus of social media influencers and models can make Millennials feel inadequate, negatively affecting their mental state. This can lead to their developing depression, anxiety, or other issues and cause some people to self-medicate with drugs or alcohol.

The team at Silvermist is committed to providing our clients with the best possible chance of long-lasting recovery through a highly individualized and progressive approach to substance abuse treatment. We recognize the importance of assessing all aspects of a client’s journey and using the most cutting-edge, integrative treatment models to help our clients recover.

Our intake specialists are available to handle inquiries 24/7 at (724) 268-4858.