Many types of challenging behaviors are normal during the teen years, from mood swings to rebellion, but experimenting with substance use isn’t one of them. Not everyone vapes, drinks, or uses drugs.
You may feel like you need to use drugs or alcohol to overcome insecurities, let your guard down, or feel socially confident. In addition to more obvious risks, this can lead you to feel like substance use is necessary to open up and connect with others.
You are smarter and stronger than any substance.