Nowadays, many youngsters experiment with drugs. Consequently, some youngsters get addicted to these materials, which leads to long and effort-requiring treatment. In the 25 European countries with available data, 18 countries demonstrate the increase of the overall number of first-time entrants to drug treatment centres. Thus, the problem is evident in the continent.
Many treatment centres focus only on the addiction itself when they try to help youth break the habit and reclaim control of their lives. However, addiction is often only the consequence of other problems which youngsters were encountering before starting drugs. Among these – social exclusion, discrimination within society, lack of safety, negative school climate, limited capabilities to cope with unpleasant emotions, being surrounded by peers who are using harmful substances on a daily basis.