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 addi