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Adolescent Addiction

What is Adolescent Addiction?

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.

Factors That Influence Adolescent 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

  • Environmental factors

Common Drugs among Teens:

  • Marijuana
  • Alcohol
  • Prescription Drugs: opioids, stimulants, depressants
  • Inhalants
  • Over-the-Counter Medication: cough syrup and cold medicines
  • K2/Spice

Signs of Addiction:

  • A sudden change in performance in school. A lack of motivation, failure to complete work, and overall lower grades may be a substantial indication
  • Change in sleep, activity, hygiene, and/or eating habits.
  • Alteration in behavior. Mood swings, lack of motivation, aggressiveness, short-tempered, and depression are all common.
  • Distancing one’s self from social activities, events, or hobbies
  • Change in friend group
  • Legal problems

Prevention:

  • Have your child evaluated at an early age to help diagnosis and manage any potential underlying behavioral problems that may factor into future use.
  • Reward positive behavior.
  • Be involved in your child’s life, especially academically and socially. This helps reduce behavioral problems and trouble in school in addition to allowing you to better monitor your child and who they are hanging around with.
  • Make sure to keep an open line of communication. Adolescents who feel safe to be open and honest with their parents are shown to have lower risk for substance abuse and addiction.
  • Individual therapy and family therapy can add an additional level of support to reduce the likelihood of developing an addiction

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