Is There an Increased Risk of Substance Abuse During Early Adulthood?
Many of the national surveys has shown that adults who had abused drugs before the age of 18, would develop a substance abuse problem. There is not necessarily an increased risk during early adulthood. Yet, if the individual was abusing drugs as a teenager, they are more likely to do the same thing as an adult. However, drug addiction can happen to anyone regardless of where they are in their lives. During early adulthood, the individual is often faced with the growing pains of being an adult. The average person is finishing university or college and trying to break into the workforce. Some people are still trying to figure out what they want to do. And many have not gone to college or university upon completing high school.
The stress of finding work, paying bills, and building a life is a strong motivator to choose to abuse drugs or alcohol. There are also countless circumstances in the United States where people have come from abusive environments. They are now an adult and on their own, and are struggling with the past and what had happened. Drugs and alcohol become an easy solution to cope with the situation. Not being able to properly deal with and receive treatment for un-handled problems places people at risk for abusing drugs and alcohol. There are countless reasons why someone would want to abuse drugs. And these reasons will increase the risk for those becoming addicted to drugs during early adulthood.