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School-Induced Stress and Addiction

School-Induced Stress and AddictionIn today’s society, it is uncommon for an individual to go a day without stress. Stress can steer an individual toward drug use or abuse. As stress and demands increase, it is likely the addiction will worsen as well.

Addiction from Stress and Demand

The following are some reasons for why addiction grows:

  • Higher expectations: From youth to young adulthood, others’ expectations gradually increase.  Once individuals enter high school, they are expected to maintain good grades, hold steady employment, and be active in school activities. These new added expectations increase with age and can be extremely stressful to maintain.
  • Increased responsibility: With age also comes increased responsibility, including the responsibility to drive, pay bills on time, and help support family. All of this responsibility can be overwhelming, and the constant demand from others can cause an individual to look for alternative methods to help cope with the added stress.
  • New experiences: An individual has numerous opportunities to experience new things on a daily basis. These experiences can be anything from experimenting with drug use to learning a new hobby.

Becoming an adult and making your own decisions can be extremely stressful and demanding, both physically and mentally.

Difference between School Levels

Each school level holds its own expectations that gradually increase. The following are some examples of the stressors in different school levels:

  • High school: High school is often a time of excitement, including a new atmosphere, more people, and more activities than compared to previous years. High school is a time when many people begin to experiment with drugs or alcohol and sexual relationships. There is also the added stress of work.
  • College: For many, college is a great time to spread their wings and escape the rules parents set under their roof. However, with this added freedom comes a tremendous amount of responsibility to maintain grades and employment in a new environment.
  • Post-graduate school: Post-graduate school is often extremely time consuming, and the workload can seem unbearable at times. It is also common for classes to increase drastically in difficulty, which requires more time to study and prepare for tests.

While levels of stress often increase throughout life, the stressors found at every age are significant to a student.

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