Teens may try smoking once and think it’s just for fun, but then realize they crave a cigarette every day. Smoking is designed to be addictive and has detrimental effects on a teen in their physical health and mental development.
Teens who are addicted to nicotine most likely believe it’s not a problem thinking, “I can quit anytime,” but actually are becoming slaves to their new smoking-high experience. Their initial desire to try smoking a cigarette isn’t just for fun. It’s normally backed by a deeper desire to be accepted, gain self-esteem, fear of rejection for who they are without smoking or insecurity around unhealthy peer influence. The desire to continue smoking comes from a behavioral or emotional problem that is negatively impacting their relationships at home, school, or community. Smoking provides the false feeling of control and freedom making them the release of stress and insecurity.
When a teen is addicted to nicotine through smoking, they’re likely to continue down the road of addictive behavior by experimenting with other drugs such as weed, cocaine, and in some cases, meth. Leading a teen to realize the root of their desire to smoke is crucial in helping them overcome their ‘seemingly harmless’ addiction.
We are here to help teens girls overcome their addiction to smoking.
Teens feel like their problems define who they are and there’s no escaping them. They need to be taught how to reason with those issues, confront them head on and see clearly that they’re not defined by the past but can make healthy choices physically, emotionally, and mentally each day.