Drugs and alcohol use is bad for our health, no matter what age we are when we decide to use. While many people think that it is okay to partake in substance abuse at an early age because it won't do as much damage, they're wrong. In fact, new studies show that teens who use drugs or alcohol during their high school years might do more damage than if they were to use during any other time in their adult life.
Why? Our brains continue to develop until we reach the age of 25. That means, during our teen years, our brain development will be hindered by substance abuse. Using drugs or alcohol during the time your brain is still developing can cause a lack of brain function.
According to NIDA, "The brain relies on chemicals called neurotransmitters to get messages from one part of the brain to the other. Each neurotransmitter attaches to its own kind of receptor—like how a key fits into a lock. This allows messages to travel through the brain on the right path. When you use drugs, it interferes with the normal traffic patterns that the neurotransmitters use. The chemical structure in the drugs can imitate and fool the receptors, lock on to them and alter the activity of the nerve cells. This 'alteration' can result in messages going in the wrong direction, and reset the way your brain should act or react. "
300,000 teens around the world will suffer from addiction and need drug treatment to help them regain a healthy, drug free life. That means there are that many teens with underdeveloped brains. Unfortunately, almost half of high school dropouts have alcohol or drugs to blame for not finishing their high school degree. While most of those don't admit that was the problem, it is almost always the case.
For teens, it's important to realize that using drugs or alcohol during these important years will not only deter you from finishing high school and moving on to college, but it can also cause brain function issues that will cause problems for the rest of their lives. Many do not consider this when going out and drinking on the weekends with friends. In fact, alcohol is more of an issue than drugs when it comes to teens. More than 3,000 teens die each year in a motor vehicle crash that involves alcohol. For parents, this is a startling truth. You hope your teens are smart enough to make the decision to say no to drugs or alcohol alone. They need help though. You must educate them. Use the information you find here on our blog to help them learn how important it is to live a substance abuse free life.
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