Substance Use and Abuse Resources
Because adolescent brains are still developing, and will continue to experience important development until after college, it is important to know about substance use and abuse will affect the teenage brain and body. These links below have a lot of information about alcohol and drug abuse in the teenage brain. There are some short term effects after use but continued use will result in longterm and sometimes irreparable damage. Addiction is also a very real possibility when using drugs and alcohol during your teenage years.
Addiction is a chronic brain disease that causes a person to compulsively seek out drugs, despite the harm they cause. The first time a person uses drugs, it’s usually a free choice they’ve made. However, repeated drug use causes the brain to change which drives a person to seek out and use drugs over and over, despite negative effects such as stealing, losing friends, family problems, or other physical or mental problems brought on by drug use—this is addiction.
If you believe you are having an issue with substance use and would like help, please reach out to your grade level counselor. They are a judgement free zone and will do everything they can to help you.
Yes, there are treatments, but there is no cure for drug addiction yet. Addiction is often a disease that is long-lasting (sometimes referred to as chronic). As with other chronic diseases, like diabetes or heart disease, people learn to manage their condition. Scientific research has shown that 13 basic principles are the foundation for effective drug addiction treatment.
Most people go into drug treatment either because a court ordered them to do so or because loved ones wanted them to seek treatment. The good news is that, according to scientific studies, people can benefit from treatment regardless of whether or not they chose to go into treatment.