Teens are curious about the role their brain plays in alcohol and other drug use and addiction. In this second installment of "Teens Ask, FCD Prevention Works Answers," we asked for the help of students in some of our client schools in order to share what is on teens' minds when it comes to their brains. Want to catch up? Read the first installment. A: All addictive substances affect the reward pathway of the brain, through which teens are highly motivated. Alcohol and other addictive drugs increase the number of reward-related chemicals in the brain.
Long-Term Effects of Drug Addiction
Introduction | National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
The purpose of the proposed Research Topic is to provide a forum to integrate pre-clinical and clinical investigations regarding the long-term consequences of adolescent exposure to drugs of abuse. Adolescence is characterized by numerous behavioral and biological changes, including substantial Adolescence is characterized by numerous behavioral and biological changes, including substantial neurodevelopment. Behaviorally, adolescents are more likely to engage in risky activities and make impulsive decisions. As such, the majority of substance use begins in adolescence, and an earlier age of onset of use before 15 years of age is strongly associated with the risk for developing a substance use disorder later in life.
Long-Term Consequences of Adolescent Drug Use: Evidence from Pre-Clinical and Clinical Models
Drug addiction can cause many long-term negative consequences, including physical health problems like liver damage and heart disease as well as mental illnesses like depression and anxiety disorders. Drug abuse also causes long-term changes to the brain that make quitting so difficult and that take years to change back to normal. Indirect long-term effects of drug addiction include broken relationships, legal problems, financial problems, injuries, and poor overall health. There are many potential long-term effects of drug addiction and abuse.
Drugs interact with chemicals in the brain and body to make you feel a certain way. While drugs can be helpful in regulating moods, helping you sleep, and managing pain, they can also have serious complications when misused. They increase the odds that you will get hurt or make bad decisions that can have lasting consequences.