When a teenager who is experimenting with drugs or alcohol begins to abuse these substances to the point at which they become physically and/or mentally dependent, and cannot stop using without the professional treatment, is what is considered adolescent addiction. Adolescents can develop an addiction for any number of reasons. For some, abusing drugs and alcohol is just a phase, but for many adolescents, this habit turns into a devastating addiction.
Having a mood or behavior disorder which involves a lack of impulse control, or having a learning disability
Peer pressure or being associated with peers who also engage in drug use is a significant factor
The teenage brain is not fully developed. When used, drugs cause a significant increase in activity in the nucleus accumbens and the dorsal striatum, which sends greater rewards signals to the brain in teenagers than in adults.
Having a hectic life growing up, such as being a victim of abuse or suffering a traumatic experience
Having a parent that engages in substance abuse or who has an addiction
Little or no parental supervision
Genetics can be potential factor
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