As we learn about the dark sides of social media through the confirmed murders, pranks, suicides and other lethally perilous behaviors and actions there is\u00a0more. There have been links found between social media teens and substance abuse. What Parents Need To Know Social media teens and substance abuse sounds like a recipe for disaster, and it is. The reasons that children experiment with drugs and alcohol is generally due to exposure. Nothing has changed. Before the advent of social media, children who experimented or used because they saw friends, family,\u00a0neighbors and\/or people on television experimenting or using alcohol and drugs. Now, that exposure has increased to include social media. According to Addiction Center.com, there have been studies conducted wherein teens were shown different advertisements. One group was shown Facebook advertisements for bottled water, while another group was shown advertisements for beer. After the viewing, each group was offered either a coffee shop gift certificate or a bar gift certificate. The group that was shown the beer ads chose the bar certificate with a higher certainty. Those teens who viewed the bottled water ads chose the bar gift certificate at a lower rate. This Michigan State University study concluded that Facebook advertising was could contribute to more alcohol use among teens. Teenagers are very impressionable and that's why historically experimentation occurs so much at this time. However, the isolating and mental health challenges that come about through prolonged\u00a0social media use can make them more vulnerable to substance use. The idea of #FOMO, or Fear Of Missing Out, comes into play. Seeing Facebook, Instagram, and other social media outlet posts of social drinking and recreational drug use are extremely prevalent and easy to view. These teenagers don't want to miss out on all the "fun" that they witness on social media. Whether this fun is real or imagined they want to be a part of it. Celebrity drug and alcohol use is also touted on social media and is in ready view of teenagers who want to emulate the stars. Parents Beware The notion of compare and despair also comes in to play for teens who feel that they are not getting the most out of their lives. These feelings can lead to depression and other mental health issues which can lead to a heightened vulnerability to experiment with alcohol and drugs. What Teens Need To Know It may sound as if the authority figures in your life are droning reports of social media teens and substance abuse on your head like a fly. Speak with your parents if you are feeling isolated or as if you're not living your "best life" because of what you see on your social media. Bear in mind that a lot of the things you're seeing are\u00a0not real. People are exaggerating experiences and straight out lying about their alcohol and substance use experimentation or continued use. Try to limit your social media engagement to a bare minimum. Being engaged with actual friends and family will yield more memorable experiences and opportunities. Lucida Treatment Center While we do not treat teens, we want you and yours to understand how social media teens and\u00a0substance abuse relate to one another. We are a resource to educate and enlighten our community as well as the clients that we serve. For instance, some treatment programming that you will find at Lucida Treatment Center includes: \tMental health treatment center \tHeroin addiction treatment center \tAlcohol addiction treatment center \tLove addiction treatment \tAnxiety treatment center \tMood disorder treatment center Lucida Treatment Center is located in Lantana, Florida. Our comprehensive program includes all types of mental health treatment, addiction treatment, and substance abuse treatment programming. So call us at to learn more.