If you were born in the 1980s or 1990s, you’ve most likely heard what is being said about you as a millennial. Millennials are thought of as technology and self-obsessed individuals who don’t truly work very hard. Additionally, millennials have a stereotype of partying and partying most often includes drugs and alcohol. Being a millennial doesn’t mean you’ll be an alcoholic or a drug addict, but does it mean that you have higher risk factors for addiction?
The Positives of Being a Millennial
While the mainstream media makes it seem as though millennials are throwing their lives away to some extent, the truth of the matter is, there are a lot of positives about being a millennial. Panelists at a conference held at the Pew Research Center in 2010 found that millennials were more comfortable with female leaders, are family-oriented, careful about their career choices and are interested in improving the world. By being a millennial, you most likely are interested in protecting your own health and safety, while seeking the support of the government, religious leaders, employers, family and health professionals.
Drug Addiction Risk Factors for Millennials
The truth is that millennials understand the risks that are associated with excessive drinking and drug use. Most millennials value themselves and their futures, making them no more likely to have an abusive relationship with drugs or alcohol as past generations. Except for marijuana, millennials are less likely to use drugs in general.
One reason that millennials may have less risk of developing an addiction is that marijuana is now legal in many states and stimulants are considered drugs to help with a study on college campuses. Mind-altering drugs are more accessible and more acceptable than previous generations.
While millennials, in general, don’t have a higher risk of developing a drug or alcohol addiction than previous generations, every person is different. Each person grows up differently and is influenced in a different way than the person next to them. Even with the number of drugs that are more accessible now, there will still be a large number of people who do become dependent on these drugs, whether they intended to or not. It is still vital for millennials to be taught the importance of abstaining from drugs and excessive alcohol use, along with what to do in case they develop a drug or alcohol addiction, or a loved one does.
If you find that you or a loved one has started to become dependent on a drug or alcohol, it is important to speak with them and find professional help as soon as possible.
Winning the Battle of Addiction at Serenity
We know that millennials sometimes get a bad reputation, however, for the most part, millennials are responsible for what they put into their bodies. While we know that millennials, in general, will not have higher risk factors for drug addiction, we know that there may be some who do. This is why it is important to us to educate everyone on drug and alcohol addiction, and what to do in case it happens. Our goal is for all of our patients to have a successful recovery, along with having a good experience at our facility. Our staff has the experience and knowledge needed to help our patients recover from their addictions safely.
At Serenity Point Rehabilitation, our founders have done years of research on the subjects of detoxification, addiction, and rehabilitation to create a program that works for multiple types of people. If you or a loved one is struggling with an addiction, call us at 1-855-218-2796 to speak with one of our advisors.