Addiction is disruptive to teenagers’ academic life, in addition to their personal life. High school is the center of social and academic growth for teens; school is an important part of their life and it often gets pushed aside by addiction.
This is especially true when the addition leads to enrollment in a residential therapy program such as Monuments. That’s why we take great pride in the academics we offer at Monuments. For these last blogs of summer, let’s focus on our academics for our teenager residents.
How do drugs affect academic success?
Of all the alcohol consumed in the U.S., 11 percent is consumed by people between the ages of 12 and 20. This aligns with the time a teenager is developing his or her patterns of academic success or failure. When a teenager abuses either drugs or alcohol the associated behaviors often lead to missed assignments, lackadaisical interest, tardiness, and frequent absences. Because most high schools have a zero tolerance for drug and alcohol possession on campus, along with a maximum number of absences, the result can often be suspension or even expulsion.
Of course, in today’s world not having a high school diploma points to a future of difficulty in the person’s work life.
Substance abuse also often results in the person dropping out of high school. This can follow a suspension, as the attraction of the drugs or alcohol has a stronger pull than the work necessary to get back into school and back on track.
From 2000 to 2016, the high school dropout rate in the U.S. has shown a healthy drop, from 10.9% to 6.9%. Unfortunately, many of those still dropping out are addicts. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration found that teen dropouts were far more likely to use substances than peers who attended school. At first, the consequences of their behaviors are well understood, but they choose to ignore the risks.
For those adept enough at getting the minimum amount of work in and passing, addiction will impact college success. College students who use drugs or alcohol spend less time studying and skip more classes. This creates a trend toward not finishing a semester or dropping all the classes in a semester because failing grades would be the result. This often then leads to the student fully leaving college. Again, this impacts his or her future, as numerous studies have shown the correlation between having a college diploma and future earnings.
At Monuments, we’re proud of our academic offerings and the way they help our teenage residents get their educational lives back on track. In August’s second blog, we’ll detail the four educational tracks we offer our residents.
Do you have a teenager who is suffering from addiction? We can help. Call Monuments at (800) 559-1980, and let’s talk about your situation.