The Ugly Truth About Drugs And Unplanned Pregnancy

Since her court date, Jenelle has been feeling particularly alone--she can't see her friends, she can't spend time with her boyfriend and she can't use any drugs. She seems to have finally realized just how dependent she is on the negative influences in her life, especially marijuana, and by heading off to rehab, the "Teen Mom 2" star can now get the help she needs.

Consider the facts: Older teens who use drugs are more likely to have sex than teens who don't. Teens who use marijuana are four times more likely to get pregnant or get someone pregnant than teens who don't. And because drugs and alcohol lower inhibitions, it should be no surprise that being under the influence causes people to do things they wouldn't necessarily do sober. 20 percent of teens say they regret something sexual they did while under the influence.

Drugs and alcohol go hand in hand with unplanned pregnancy. Many teens who had been drinking when they first had sex say they were too drunk to use protection. Nearly 25 percent of sexually active teens and young adults say they've had unprotected sex because they were high or drunk. Risky behaviors like substance abuse lead to other risky behaviors like unprotected sex. It may seem like a way to escape, but when your judgment is impaired, you may find yourself in even deeper trouble when you sober up.

It's a big step for Jenelle to make the decision to enter a rehab program, and it may wind up being exactly what she needs to get her life back on track.

--Written by Lauren Mann of The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy

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