Summertime offers endless potential to enjoy the warm weather and make memories with friends and loved ones. However, this season also tends to bring about an increase in drug use, particularly in young adults. In fact, studies have shown that teens and young adults are most likely to try alcohol and certain drugs during the months of June and July.
But what exactly is the reason summer months provide young adults with so much temptation in regard to illicit substances?
Why Drug Use Increases in Summer
More Free Time
Whether they’re finally done with schoolwork for the semester or have the ability to enjoy longer holiday weekends and “summer Fridays” off from work, many young adults find themselves with more free time on their hands during summer.
Without activities or work to keep them busy, they can turn to alcohol or drugs to fill the gaps of time.
More Social Gatherings
From days at the lake with friends to small get-togethers with friends, people typically plan more social gatherings during the summer months. While some events remain relatively “dry,” others can boast copious amounts of alcohol and drugs — which can introduce young adults to certain substances or give them an opportunity to indulge more often.
Signs of Adolescent Drug Use
If you suspect that your loved one may be struggling with substance addiction, there are common signs to look out for such as:
Changes in physical appearance
A lack of interest in hobbies and activities
Oftentimes, the best way to address these suspicions is to sit down and speak with them in an effort to get them the help they need.
At Silvermist Recovery Center, we are 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’ve developed a distinctive, person-centered recovery approach that addresses not only the dependency but the life occurrences that often contribute to addiction or prevent you from changing.
Feel free to contact us 24/7 to speak to one of our intake specialists to learn more about how we can help make a difference in the life of your or a loved one.