Growing up is a difficult process for many teens across the U.S, as developing a positive self-image can be a daunting task in the face of society's ever-changing landscape. Teens feel pressure from many different areas of their lives: from their parents, their school, their job, their friends, and even from interactions on social media. It is no wonder, then, that so many teens suffer from mental health issues like depression and anxiety. But when teenagers are struggling with a mental health problem and have no healthy outlet to deal with painful or difficult emotions, they can instead end up turning to alcohol or drug use as a form of self-medication. It is a scenario many are familiar with in adults, but with teenagers the risks are much higher because their brains are still developing. At this critical point in their development, drug and alcohol use can be far more problematic.