Teen addiction is a growing concern, with research showing that 12.4% of high school seniors have used illegal drugs other than marijuana within the last year. With teen drug use continuing to be present in society, several TV shows about drug addiction have become popular. Five of the top TV shows that showcase drug addiction provide insight into teen addiction. 


HBO’s “Euphoria” depicts drugs in high school and follows the lives of teens as they engage in sex, violence, and drug and alcohol use. Rue, the main character and narrator of the show, is a 17-year-old girl with a drug addiction. The show features house parties and follows Rue as she struggles with her addiction. 

Recovery Road

“Recovery Road” only aired for one season in 2016, but its portrayal of teen substance abuse and rehab for teens means that it has a lasting impact. The show’s main character, Maddie, can be described as a high-functioning teen living with an addiction. She is depicted as being a typical party girl, but ultimately chooses to live in a rehab facility with others in recovery. 


“Degrassi,” which was part of a franchise of teen TV shows, ran from 2001 to 2015. The show features music star Drake and addresses the issue of teen drug use and other scenarios facing adolescents. There were multiple Degrassi TV shows, and the first began in 1979. Each show in the franchise has tackled the issue of drug use in high school, in addition to portraying teenage concerns, such as teen pregnancy and sexuality. 

CW’s 90210

Airing on the CW from 2008 to 2013, “90210” provides a portrayal of teenage love, drama and teen drug abuse. One of the characters, Adrianna, lives with an addiction and gets into trouble when there is a drug raid at the school. Adrianna ends up going to teen drug rehab and learns that she became pregnant during the course of her addiction. 


“Skins,” which aired between 2007 and 2013, is a British TV show that shows teen drug use. The show centers around teenage parties, where the show’s main characters are drunk and high. Often, the teens on the show are partying without parental supervision. The show also depicts teenage sexual activity and addresses issues such as teenage insecurities and the turmoil of the adolescent years

While sometimes exaggerated, drug use in television shows is often designed to mirror the realities of teen addiction. If your teen is living with an addiction and is in need of teen drug rehab, The Recovery Village has locations around the country and can provide services to meet your family’s needs. Next Generation Village, designed specifically for ages 13 to 17, provides continuous education and rehab designed specifically for teens. Our caring admissions staff is ready to take your phone call today to discuss options. Call today to learn more.

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