The Psychological Effects Of Adolescent Substance Abuse

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Adolescent substance abuse is one of the largest issues faced by our society today. According to, nearly 50% of all high school seniors have abused some form of illicit substance and according to National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism nearly 70% of 18 year olds have at the least tried alcohol. Many more adolescents are trying, and getting addicted to, drugs every year. In my opinion this is one of the most critical issues that we have to address as a society. Summary Response: The article titled the “Psychological Effects of Drug Use in Adolescents,” makes the argument that most adolescents who use drugs are unaware of the psychological effects that abuse of such substances cause. According to the article’s main source, not all depressed adolescents become drug abusers and not all drug abusing adolescents are depressed. The article then goes on to say that a adolescent’s brain can be more vulnerable to the effects of drugs, because chemical pathways are interrupted when a adolescent uses drugs. A adolescent on drugs has trouble thinking clearly. Their cognitive skills and behavior control is inhibited. The article argues that because of peer pressure an adolescent will try a drug and become addicted. It also says that adolescentss who “have family history of addiction, teens who have suffered abuse or neglect, teens who use drugs early and those with mental disorders such as depression and anxiety” (Schaffer) are more likely to become addicted to

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