The Effects Of Addiction On Adolescent Development

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The Effects of Addiction on Adolescent Development Adolescence is a time where adolescents grow and mature at a rapid rate. It is also a time where adolescents are more vulnerable to taking risks, such as using and becoming addicted to illegal substances, due to raging hormones. Whether or not an adolescent chooses to engage in drug use and abuse depends on their home environment and those they choose to associate themselves with. Adolescents are confronted with an enormous amount of pressure to participate in risky behaviors by their peers. According to Broderick and Blewitt (2015), “risky behaviors are behaviors that constitute a departure from socially accepted norms or behaviors that pose a threat to the well-being of individuals or groups” (p. 389). One such risky behavior is drug use and addiction. Some adolescents use cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and prescription drugs in order to get “high”. Adolescents who engage in drug use are likely to become addicted, and thus, their addiction will negatively affect their brain development. Relationship between Child Abuse and Addiction Child abuse and addiction are interrelated. Adolescents who were abused as children are more likely to give into peer pressure and engage in risky behaviors, such as drug use and addiction due to abnormalities in brain function and development. Abuse causes undo stress on a child. Some children develop PTSD, which follows them into adolescence. According to Bremner (2006), “brain regions
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