The Consequences of Adolescent Drug Abuse

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The age of adolescence, between 13-18, when a person will undergo physiological and psychological changes is an extraordinarily important time. A time to explore new ideas, beliefs and develop unique personalities but, sometimes, this branching out from a comfort zone can lead to risky new territories. Experimentation gone too far can wreak havoc on a brain that is still in development.

Brain Function

The pleasure centers of the brain are the first to develop, before those of smart decision-making and risk analysis. Memory loss, inability to concentrate, motor skills and coping skills can all be affected by the damage to sensitive nerves and brain matter could all incur. There is also the possibility that bad habits and addictions can become ingrained in the brain. Psychoactive substances alter the function of neurotransmitters, how perception gets altered, but a fragile mind will begin to be imprinted by these new functions.

Unintended Consequenses

There are so many risks when it comes to experimenting with drugs and alcohol. Drinking and driving can lead, obviously, to death, extreme injury and imprisonment. Teens tend to engage in unsafe sex when they are abusing drugs and alcohol which can lead to rape, STDs and pregnancy. While already intoxicated, it is easy to mistake a drug for another, overdose or use drugs they would normally say no to.

Family Tension

Young people who take drugs might fin themselves with a lot of angry and stress between them and their families. Any parent would be concerned and upset that their child is abusing substances, leading to arguments and strain. On the other hand, a child my go to great lengths to conceal their drug or alcohol abuse and might hide away in their room, stay out for long periods of time and stop participating in family time.

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