When talking about millennials (born 1981-2000), they may be classified as multitaskers that are entitled, soft, or unambitious. This of course is merely a mold that baby boomers (born 1941-1960) or generation x’ers (born 1961-1980) use to describe a much younger generation that they may perceive as not having it as tough as they did when they had “walk to school uphill, both ways, in the snow”. Millennials definitely have had a technological advantage over the older generations because they been privy to smartphones and computers their whole lives, but certainly have had their own hardships.
When it comes to addiction, there is no doubt that parents for decades have had the same exact fears when it came to experimenting with mind-altering substances. The only difference is that drugs are much easier to get these days due to the massive amount of prescriptions that baby boomers and generation x have received from their doctors very readily. Instead of just worrying about the likes of kids stealing from the liquor cabinet or smoking pot with their friends after school, millennials most likely had a variety of prescription opiates and stimulants to choose from. The once taboo illegal drugs are not the number one choice in drugs for millennials as the more prevalent socially accepted legal prescription drugs are that can be found sitting in medicine cabinets unattended. The ease of getting these drugs is one of the reasons that the opioid crisis has become a major problem among many millennials.
Another factor with addiction amid millennials is that many of them were diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity (ADHD) as early as preschool. In 1987, ADHD was included as a mental disorder and being prescribed Adderall became the solution in 1996. Parents and teachers used ADHD as the scapegoat to medicate the kids in hopes to calm down their misdirected hyperactivity. Adderall as a result can be easily obtained and frequently misused as a way to stay up all night to study for school or to keep from getting so drunk at a party.
Many millennials have been diagnosed with mental health issues of anxiety or depression. Over 35 million adults suffer from anxiety and most of them are millennials. Marijuana has become one of the ways that millennials have found to cope with their anxiety and depression. Millennials tend to believe that there is little risk when consuming cannabis although there have been studies that have proven it can be problematic for the brain and becoming addicted to THC.
Addiction has continued to evolve over time and has become a deadly epidemic with the opioid crisis that the nation is being faced today. Baby boomers, generation x, millennials, and now even generation z all need to be on high alert to be informed of the ever-changing arena of addiction.
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