Combating teen drug use can be difficult, and it often seems like there’s no perfect solution. Teens’ brains are still developing, which makes them more susceptible to drug or alcohol addiction. However, years of scientific research revealed many ways to help curb this issue and get teens quality treatment. Addiction is a progressive disease, and the sooner teens find treatment, the better chance they have of reclaiming their lives.
Understanding Teen Drug Use
The brain’s prefrontal cortex doesn’t fully develop until a person is about 24 years old. The prefrontal cortex has numerous responsibilities. Some responsibilities include:
- Fear modulation
- Impulse control
- Logical decision making
- Connection with others
When it comes to behavior, teens are more fearless and naturally impulsive. Their under-developed prefrontal cortexes make it difficult to add space between stimulus and response, meaning they don’t always think about their actions’ consequences. Even though many programs try to deter teen drug use, many will experiment at some point during teenage years.
Why is Teen Drug Use so Prevalent?
Connection is Key for Combating Teen Drug Use
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