A Conversation with Juveniles about Substance Abuse Persuasive Essay by SBurtis

A Conversation with Juveniles about Substance Abuse
A persuasive paper aimed at discouraging juveniles from engaging in substance abuse.
# 152661 | 970 words | 2 sources | APA | 2012 | US

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The paper discusses the motivation behind juveniles' abuse of alcohol and drugs that includes eliminating boredom and having fun, peer pressure and helping them to forget their problems, and relates why these motivations are not worthwhile justifications for drinking or taking drugs. The paper shows how juveniles do not often think about what they do, especially when trying to impress their peers, yet, substance abuse can lead to legal consequences, risks to higher education and any associated financial aid, a threat to their ability to function, loss of employment, financial troubles, turbulent relationships, addiction, and other physical and mental health problems. The paper argues that youth must be encouraged to realize that the consequences of drug and alcohol abuse to one's body, mind, and life are not worth the risk.


From the Paper:

"Juveniles often say they use drugs and alcohol because they are bored, have nothing better to do, or because "it's fun." There are other ways - clean and sober ways - to eliminate boredom and have fun while doing something constructive and possibly even developing real skills that will be useful later in life. Juveniles can get involved in sports, church, school clubs and activities, and community programs such as Big Brother, Big Sister' the Boys and Girls Club; and Habitat for Humanity. Countless volunteer and community service programs can improve a teen's skills, self-esteem, and outlook. If all else fails, due to lack of family money, time, transportation, or other obstacles, teens can throw themselves into their studies with vigor, focusing on their education. This will keep them occupied, out of trouble, and on the course to an opportunity-filled future (Liddle & Rowe, 2006).
"Peer pressure is an ages-old excuse that has long outlived its validity. Teens must realize that they are their own person, not a puppet on a string easily manipulated by the hand of another. They must take a stand, defending themselves against the influence of peers who use drugs and alcohol. "No" is not a difficult word to say, nor is it difficult for one to stand their ground if they just make the effort to do so."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Liddle, H. A., & Rowe, C. L. (2006). Adolescent substance abuse: Research and clinical advances. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
  • Nissen, L. (2007). Reclaiming Futures: Communities Helping Teens Overcome Drugs, Alcohol and Crime--A New Practice Framework for Juvenile Justice. Journal Of Psychoactive Drugs, 39(1), 51-58. Retrieved from http://web.ebscohost.com.lib.kaplan.edu/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?sid=af564e07-b32c-4661-be62-504ddceadf77%40sessionmgr114&vid=2&hid=123

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APA Format

A Conversation with Juveniles about Substance Abuse (2013, April 11) Retrieved April 02, 2023, from https://www.academon.com/persuasive-essay/a-conversation-with-juveniles-about-substance-abuse-152661/

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