It has been eight years since Hurricane Ike devastated Galveston. The hurricane packed winds of more than 110 mph and slammed the island on Sept. 13, 2008. Ike left billions of dollars in damages in its wake.
Illegal substances also can interfere with the development of appropriate coping skills, Rupp said. Another way substance abuse can be a problem for teenagers is that it can affect stress levels.
High schools nationwide are beginning to acknowledge that students are too stressed. Programs, including stress management seminars, longer lunch periods and homework caps, are a part of a growing initiative to keep students like Anna Lassmann from fasting until she can get through four more chapters of reading and a math assignment.