Everyone knows that drugs are terrible substances which destroy the body. It’s bad enough that we have adult addicts who can’t overcome this terrible disease, but now we have children who are doing the same thing. Young teens start using drugs for many reasons. It can be peer pressure, their family members are doing drugs, or they can be put on different medications at a young age. Depression, can cause young teens to take drugs. Drugs are horrible for adults, but even worse when it comes down to children.
The worst part of drug use is that children have easy access to addictive substances. Being in middle school, and high school, a lot of teens know drug dealers their age who can supply them with any drug they want to experiment with. Below are five things you should know about adolescents and drug addiction:
1. Young kids Using Drugs Typically Become Addicts
If you think young teens aren’t using drugs and alcohol as early as middle or high school, think again. Statistics reported by Everyday Health reveal nine out of ten have experimented with drugs before hitting the age of 18. Additionally, 25% of those same teens remain drug addicts today.
Young adults who experiment with addictive substances are more likely to remain addicted to their drug of choice, without the proper help from specialized addiction professionals. Addiction is when you can’t go without something, you must have it or you won’t be able to go on- as expressed by a lack of ability to perform everyday tasks, or function normally. Most kids try drugs because their friends are doing it.
For example, let’s say your child is at a party and their best friend is smoking marijuana, and is offered a hit. The power of suggestion within a peer orientated setting often leads young adults down the path of experimentation without the proper foreknowledge. The chances that your child is going to try a hit because their friend is doing it, and it seems harmless, increases exponentially. It’s imperative to sit down with your children and explicitly go over the dangers of drug use and addiction.
2. Kids Are Using Marijuana As Early As 12
Some kids use drugs for the first time before they even get to high school. Marijuana is the drug that most kids try at at an early age. Young teens say it is easier to buy marijuana then it is to buy other drugs. They don’t have to go far to get the drug, when classmates are the ones distributing it. School officials, and police officers need to get together, and see how they can eliminate drugs out of the schools- which is easier said than done.
Research shows teens as young as 13 years old are exposed to cigarette use, and become addicted to tobacco- making them more vulnerable to experiment with other addictive substances, according to The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse.
3. Untreated Drug Use Limits Your Body’s Ability to Produce Essential Chemicals
An NPR article says,
“Some studies show that regular marijuana use (once a week or more) may cause structural changes to the teen brain — specifically, in the regions having to do with memory and problem solving. Alarmingly, according to NPR, these effects may result in a lower IQ as an adult.”
Because drug use over a prolonged period of time disrupts the natural functioning of the brain, one who is suffering from an untreated substance use disorder may act in ways they would never have done so before. Drugs can have short and long effects on your well-being, and health. Users under the effects of drugs are in frequent danger, as ordinary tasks, such as driving and operating everyday house appliances become compromised under the influence. One increases their chances of getting in a accident, not only putting the user in danger but a innocent person also. Some drugs can increase violent behavior. Violence is never a good way to resolve anything.
4. Huffing Causes Irrevocable Brain Damage
If you didn’t know most kids start out with huffing (or inhaling) common household items, that you may have never thought to patrol before, including: felt-tipped markers, glue, whiteout, and aerosol sprays to name a few. The NIDA reports younger generations are more apt to partake in huffing, presumably because common household products (that can be used as inhalants) are easy to come upon. What may seem an innocent experimentation can lead to irrevocable brain damage, which may rob children of their ability to walk, talk, and develop normally.
5. Drugs can hurt your academic performance.
In a recent report published by the CASA “28 percent of college dropouts abuse alcohol.” Teens partaking in alcoholic drinks, cigarettes, and marijuana performed lower than their peers in academia. Attending an Ivy League school doesn’t shield students from the detrimental effects of addictive substances- in fact, access to more resources may increase the rate of drug use among those in Ivy League institutions because of the insane pressure of keeping up high expectations. (Many abuse stimulant drugs like adderall to stay awake all night to get more studying in.)
Drug addiction and continuing abuse often interfere with school performance. Those who are suffering from chronic addiction will continue to chase their high, despite the detrimental effects caused by their addiction.
In order to keep kids from making the poor choice of experimenting with drugs and alcohol, which can cause serious damage, we must spread the word, and keep everyone informed.
Do not ignore the signs, if you know your child has a drug problem get them the help before it is to late.
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