80's Rock and Roll Life Style

Published: June 30, 2014
Dear TeenHealthFX,

I'm a 16 year old male and I'm sort of worried. Since I was young I've been fascinated by the 80's rocknroll lifestyle typically shown by bands like motley crue and guns n roses, but now its at the point where I WANT to do strong drugs. I tried smoking recently, I'm getting stronger urges to get drunk even though I've only done it twice six months apart, and I keep saying "I'll try anything except heroin" Is this just a teenage desire to break free of my reality or is it something to worry about? I have before seeked out how to make cocaine (to no success) Thanks

Dear 80's Rock and Roll Life Style,

The way the media glamorizes the life style it is completely understandable why it would be attractive to a young person. Motley Crue and Guns n Roses reached immense fame with their music and hedonistic lifestyle during the 80’s. However what is projected to the public is not always reflective of what goes on behind the scenes. Alcoholism, drug addiction, death and dysfunctional relationships only become apparent after the band has passed their prime. There is an enough material written by former members of each band so that you can get a firsthand account of what we are saying. 

What is interesting in your story is that you only mention getting high and nothing about being a musician. Since drugs and alcohol seem to be the main focus TeenHealthFX is going to say that mindset is something to worry about.  The desire to “break free from my reality” very often is a recipe for trouble. There is no escape from reality and when the high wears off you are back where you started. This can lead to an increase in the number of escapes and before you know it, you get high just to get level, there are no more escapes. That scenario basically describes addiction. 

You must be worried about yourself on some level, otherwise you would have written in. TeenHealthFX strongly encourages you to talk to a therapist about how you have been feeling. We are not saying that you are an addict but it doesn’t seem that you are happy either. Many times substance abuse starts off as the person self-medicating as a way to deal with their problems.

Signed: TeenHealthFX