Can Social Media Play a Role in Addiction? - Banyan Treatment Center Chicago

Can Social Media Play a Role in Addiction?

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As the digital era continues to rise, technology has forever shaped our generation and the way we interact with others.

Social media allows users to share, connect, and discover instant news; however, there are dangers associated with the constant consumption of social media platforms on a daily basis. Teenagers can feel pressure when they see others posting photos of drinking or partying, and this can lead to unhealthy behaviors. Addiction is a disease that knows no discrimination and can affect so many individuals. There are many factors that come into play before an addiction has formed, and social media is one factor that can have an influence on our decision to abuse drugs and alcohol. Our drug rehab center in Illinois provides dual diagnosis treatment for those struggling with addiction and mental health disorders. We also explain the connection between social media and addiction.

Social Media Usage with Teens

70% of teens say that they use social media multiple times a day. [1] This heavy usage can have impacts on the user’s mental health and perception of drugs and alcohol. Photos that are posted on Instagram or Facebook can normalize binge drinking behaviors for teens. It’s common for photos containing alcohol or marijuana to be circulated around  Snapchat or other platforms. If teens see their friends engaging in these behaviors, they can easily be persuaded to try drugs and alcohol for the first time. Substance abuse in young adults can very easily come from the social pressures surrounding them and this can be the start of a serious addiction.

Social media alone does not cause addiction; however, the link between social media usage and high risk addictive behaviors should not be ignored. There is already evidence suggesting the negative impact that social media can have on our mental health and self-esteem and our behaviors can easily be influenced by our peers and what they are doing on social media.

Addiction can be treated and if you or your loved one is battling this disease, contact Banyan Treatment Center at 888-280-4763. We can help anyone overcome addiction in order to live a healthy and happy life.

[1] Common Sense Media Social Media, Social Life: How Teens View Their Digital Lives

Alyssa who is the National Director of Digital Marketing, joined the Banyan team in 2016, bringing her five-plus years of experience. She has produced a multitude of integrated campaigns and events in the behavioral health and addictions field. Through strategic marketing campaign concepts, Alyssa has established Banyan as an industry leader and a national household name.

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