Effect Of Drug Abuse Among Youths TrendyVoice

14 December 2016

Effect Of Drug Abuse Among Youths

The term 'drug' has now been given a
new connotation. It was used originally to means 'medicine'.
However, now-a-days, the term 'drug' means not only medicine, but also the fatal narcotics that include cocaine, heroin, brown sugar, and many other specifications. All these drugs have their evil effects on the mind and body cells of the addicts. The young generations, particularly teenagers, are the worst victims of evils of 'Drug Addiction' which is a brain disease.

The addict becomes dependent on
the drug. The addict uses it, despite having full knowledge of its harmful effects on health. It is considered a brain disease because it changes the structure and functioning of the brain.

A recent Monitoring the Future Study showed that the top six most abused drugs by teens are: marijuana (31.5%), Vicodin (9.7%), amphetamines (8.1%), cough medicine (6.9%), sedatives & tranquilizers (6.6% each).
Without treatment, the effects of drug abuse on teens can lead to serious consequences now and well into
adulthood. Signs of Teen Drug Abuse
There are many symptoms of drug abuse, but some of the most common signs your teen is abusing drugs are:

* Problems with the law, breaking curfew,
stealing, etc.
* Problems at school, such as excessive tardiness, poor grades, suspension, etc.
* Mood swings
* Loss of interest in favourite activities
* Drug paraphernalia
* Violent behavior
* Withdrawal
* Depression
* Poor hygiene
* Missing money
Drug abuse at any age can cause serious health effects, but youths who abuse drugs are at particular risk for negative consequences. Youths who abuse drugs are
more likely to struggle with addiction later in life and have permanent and irreversible brain damage.

Some other common negative effects of youth drug abuse are:

* Emotional problems. Drug abuse can cause or mask emotional problems such as anxiety, depression, mood swings, suicidal thoughts and schizophrenia. In fact, among teens with major depression, 34.6 percent report using drugs. Unfortunately, drug use can also increase the severity of these emotional problems. For example, teens that use marijuana weekly double their risk of depression and anxiety.

* Behavioural problems. Teens who abuse drugs have an
increased risk of social problems, depression, suicidal thoughts and violence. Youths who abuse drugs are more likely
than youths who don't abuse drugs to engage in delinquent behaviours such as fighting and stealing.

* Addiction and dependence. Studies prove that the younger a person is when they begin using drugs the more likely they are to develop a substance abuse
problem and relapse later in life.

* Risky sex. Youths that use drugs are five times more likely to have sex than youths who don't use drugs.
Teens that use drugs are also more likely to have unprotected sex and have sex with a stranger. This leads to higher risks of STDs, teen pregnancy and sexual assault.

* Learning problems. Drug abuse damages short-term and long-term memory and can lead to problems with learning and memory later in life.

* Diseases. Teens who abuse drugs with needles increase their risk of blood-borne diseases like HIV,
AIDS and Hepatitis B and C.

* Brain damage. Drug abuse among teens can result in serious mental disorders or permanent, irreversible damage to the brain or nervous system. Brain damage
among teens who abuse drugs includes brain shrinkage; impaired learning abilities; amnesia and memory
problems; impaired reasoning, perception and intuition; increased or decreased socialization; and changes in sexual desire.

* Car accidents. Teenagers who abuse drugs are more likely to be involved in car accident-related injuries or death.

The reasons why a young person gets addicted to these harmful drugs are many.
Curiosities, desire for pleasure, social
excommunication, mental gap, lack of self-reliance are some of the reasons why these youth becomes a drug-addict.
Lack of self-confidence, that is inferiority complex, has been marked as cause of one's becoming a drug addict.
Peer pressure, excessive stress, lack of parental involvement in child's activities, are among the leading causes for drug addiction among youth and teen people. The problem of drug addiction is all the more serious
because the addicts are mostly young school or college going boys and girls, the future citizens of a
country, on whom will depend in future its welfare and the welfare of its people. So, it is imperative to
see that such young boys and girls may be no means fall victims to drug addiction.

If you know a youth who is abusing drugs, don't wait to intervene. The sooner your teen gets help for drug abuse, the more likely they'll be to avoid the long-lasting consequences. Fortunately, there are many different teen drug rehabs to choose from. The most effective teen drug rehab, however, may be a residential treatment program. Here your teen will have access to 24/7 supervision and care, detoxification,
dual diagnosis treatment and a variety of holistic treatments based on their individual needs. Talk to a medical doctor about your teen's symptoms and determine which type of drug abuse treatment is best
for your teen.

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