In the age of technology, every teenager will most likely use the internet to satisfy natural curiosity to research what different types of drugs are available on the street. It’s great that in our present age anyone and especially youth and teens can use resources like the internet to find out relevant information about subjects as sensitive and life-changing as illegal drugs and substance abuse. Most parents can remember a time when the only information available was through authority figures such as law enforcement and parents or their friends to learn about the dangers of drugs. While hearing important warnings about drugs from your parents or a resource officer is very important as a teen it’s sometimes hard to understand the dangers. So we often listen to our group of friends or others our age who may not have our best interests at heart.   Research and Internet Humor Are Misleading The fact is the wealth of information available on the internet has to received with the utmost caution. A friend or someone else who may be sharing a class with you may not have the best information on what a drug is and what it can potentially do to harm you Likewise the...

Gateway Drugs Illegal drugs have such a distinct and pervasive influence on both the body and mind that one poor judgment to just “try” something may end in addiction and the destruction of one’s life. Often teens will try a little sip of their parents' wine or a drink at their friends' house. Or perhaps someone will offer them Marijuana to smoke. These are both seemingly harmless substances. However, it’s important to remember that Alcohol is controlled by the U.S. Government and regulated to ensure quality and also that it doesn’t reach underage users. Furthermore, even though Marijuana is becoming a legal medical treatment in much of the country it to is regulated. The reason being is that a teen hasn’t developed both mentally and physically so that they are ready and knowledgeable about the possible risks and dangers of both of these substances. Alcohol itself causes chemical changes in the body as well as impacting mental development. Allowing young adults to use these drugs could potentially hard their development and have repercussions for the rest of their lives. Instant or First Time Use Addiction The fact is, it often only requires one use of a drug to cause immediate addiction. It may not...

Mental Health And Drug Use For teens and adults alike there exists a hidden danger related to drug use. It’s a fact that drug use and mental health appears to happen concurrently in about half of either drugs users or people with mental health problems. This doesn’t mean that someone with depression or anxiety will automatically become a drug addict.Yet drug use and addiction do tend to happen together in a person who has preexisting mental health problems. This is because someone who struggles with their mental health is more predisposed to seek relief. Often the drugs they abuse are the most addictive as well. However, a person otherwise healthy who becomes a drug user is much more likely to develop mental health difficulties because of physiological changes to the way the brain functions. This inevitably has an impact on mood, brain function, and emotional balance. Drug use causes permanent chemical changes to the brain that are irreparable. Teen Development These problems are only compounded when they occur in a young adult. A teenager is still at a very early stage in mental development. Their brains are still learning and growing. Not to mention the psychological impact drug use can have when a teen...

Why Wasn’t I told? Mixing illegal drugs has compounded the danger of drug abuse especially among teens. Often a drug user will mix stimulants and sedatives to increase the “high”. This is a potentially deadly combination. The drug dealer will never tell a potential customer this fact. Another situation that has fatal results is tolerance to a user’s preferred substance. As a drug user continues to abuse a drug eventually the dosage they were used to no longer gives them the desired effect. Drugs affect the central nervous system and as the body becomes used to a drug the high is diminished.  The only recourse is for the user to take more and more of the drug progressively. This is something else the drug dealer will never disclose. The dealer profits off of addiction and has no reason to explain the risks before they sell a drug to someone, especially a teen who may be easily persuaded into using. A Deadly Business Unfortunately for unsuspecting “customers”, they will never be given full details on the dangers of a substance. A drug dealer depends on the user developing an addiction so the person will continually return and buy more. If the dealer can convince someone to...

Our Parents Are Guiding Lights It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that our parents are our guiding lights when we’re growing up. Just like a lighthouse, your parents guide you into safe harbor like a ship in the night trying to avoid crashing against the rocky shore. Without our parents' loving concern and desire for our safety we could make serious mistakes like taking a drug because we “thought it would be harmless.” Our parents are here to help us. Parents aren’t always our biological parents either. Sometimes we’re raised by grandparents, adoptive parents, or other loving parental figures. The nature of a parent is to protect us from harm, to raise us so we can take every opportunity to succeed in life. They’re there to answer our questions and support us when we fail. They’re also there to pass on their experience that they have gained over their lifetime. Your parents have been in the same situations that you have and know best how to address your questions and concerns. Teenage Stress You may feel like your parents don’t understand the amount of stress you are dealing with. No one can, actually, completely relate to the particular stress that you’re dealing with. However,...