Addiction comes in a variety of forms and it doesn’t just apply to illegal substances. We can be addicted to alcohol, nicotine, caffeine and a host of readily available and completely legal products. While addiction is, in real terms, a form of mind control, you can also use mind control to curb your addictions.

Addiction is not relegated to within certain geographic or cultural boundaries. It does not prey solely on the weak and it isn’t limited to the homeless or unemployed. Some types of people are naturally more susceptible to addictions than others, with teenagers in particular falling under a high-risk category.

Teenagers are already in a state of flux, emotionally, mentally and physically. We experience some of our roughest growing pains as we travel through our teenage years. Teens seek approval from peers and will test the boundaries of the world around them. They push limits and buttons, often without effort, while they try to figure out who they are and where they fit into this society. They are vulnerable, which makes them easy targets for introduction to the world of addictions.

Education and awareness are the best resources to help teenagers develop a solid mental foundation for understanding and recognizing addiction. It can help them avoid falling prey to addictive behaviors and substances. While we often think to ourselves, “it won’t happen to me,” it can and it will.

Having the strength of will and character to “just say no” is one of the best personality traits you can have. Keeping your mind focused on positive, enriching and healthy activities and behaviors will provide you with the best possible outlook for your future. Your mind is the most powerful tool you have, so make the most of it.