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Adolescent Substance Abuse

The teenage years are not easy for anyone. These years are tough due to the amount of new things that teenagers are exposed to. This is a time when most people become exposed to various drugs and alcohol as well. This is also a time when some people start to experiment with different substances. Howard Liddle, a contributor writer for Teen Drug Abuse has a list of few causes of adolescent substance abuse:

  • insufficient parental supervision and monitoring 
  • lack of communication between parents and kids
  • poor communication about drug use
  • inconsistent and excessively severe discipline
  • family conflict
  • favorable parental attitudes toward adolescent drug and alcohol use

To learn more about causes of teen substance abuse and when to seek help, click here.  


Chris Massman is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. Chris' training includes Family Systems Theory along with numerous other theories. She believes therapy is an art and chooses the theory she feels will most benefit the individual sitting in front of her. Her specialty lies is in the field of Chemical Dependency and Addictions. Chris is currently seeing individuals, couples and families. Chris is a Clinical member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists as well as the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. Chris has two locations including Tarzana and Agoura Hills, CA.