Defenseless Against Addiction: A Look at Adolescents & Substance Abuse


One often overlooked issue when it comes to addiction and adolescents is that the development process of one’s brain has the ability to cause young adults and teens to become addicted more quickly than mature adults. This is because the brain of a teen is not fully developed and is more susceptible to permanent changes due to substance abuse.


Drugs don’t simply mess with the normal processes of the brain, but they also modify both the structure and capacity of one’s mind. After a short time of use by a young person, seemingly short term drug abuse can cause an addiction to develop with all its long-term negative, deep rooted consequences that follow. Neuroscientists have reported for many years that the human mind is not completely mature until around the age of 25. Further, studies on mental health have shown that the developing brain is more likely to be susceptible and almost defenseless against both the short term and long term effects of drug abuse. There is no doubt that substance use amid the youngster years essentially increases the possibility of substance abuse and addiction issues further down the road.


Neuroscientific studies help doctors, researchers and addiction professionals comprehend the reasons that teens are especially vulnerable to substance abuse, alcohol abuse, (tobacco) smoking, and even addiction to video games than adults are. These behaviors affect a developing mind that is still adding to its motivation control and willpower. Knowing this, we are better ready to identify why teens make bad choices which are often dangerous. These adolescents are basically powerless against the impacts of these choices. The data we know to be true when it comes to teens and addiction gives us the opportunity to improve prevention programs that encourage living a life free from drugs or alcohol abuse before it starts.


It is important that parents, addiction treatment professionals, and other adults who interact with adolescents to truly understand the particular needs of teens in order to anticipate addiction before it becomes a problem. More vital, teens ought to be encouraged to make healthy choices on their own through a variety of educational information about their developing bodies. By providing education about emotions, human development and other health topics, they will be better equipped to make healthy decisions that lead to a healthy way of life as adults. It is our duty as a community to help our youth reach their full potential!


Seeking Treatment

The important thing in all of this is that you seek help for your drug addiction. Do not let fear keep you from the life you have always wanted. You do not need to fight this disease alone and any and all concerns that you have can be addressed as you move through the process of recovery. So call the professionals at Evolutions Treatment Center today, at 1-866-771-7091. We are standing by to help you finally overcome your addiction.


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