Adolescence and Addiction

Topics: Drug addiction, Addiction, Drug abuse / Pages: 8 (2332 words) / Published: Aug 20th, 2014
Adolescence and Addiction
Nelly Leenman
Liberty University
Adolescence and Addiction
Using alcohol, illegal drugs and tobacco among adolescents has become very common and is therefore a serious public health problem. Though the number of adolescents who smoke tobacco has declined, this too remains a problem of serious concern. Alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drugs are addictive which means that the body can become dependent on them in order to function properly. “Use of alcohol as well as other kinds of substance use and abuse, is one of several kinds of threats to health during adolescence” (Feldman, 2014, p. 371). Addiction, defined by the National Institute on Drugs Abuse, is “A chronic relapsing brain disease that is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences. It is considered a brain disease because drugs change the brain; they change its structure and how it works” (The Science of Drug Abuse and Addiction, section para. 1). Effects can be detrimental and long lasting. Adolescence is a developmental stage characterized by many physical, emotional and social changes. “Though the body is becoming adult, the brain is changing but not fully mature yet and therefore susceptible to a higher risk for poor choices such as using alcohol and illegal drugs” (Brooks, 2014). For this same reason, the brain is more vulnerable to substance use and abuse. Currently, pornography is a serious danger as well for adolescents. Since it is fairly easy accessible through the internet it can turn into an addiction. Spirituality can be a determining factor in prevention of addiction. Research has extensively focused on the challenges associated with adolescence substance use and abuse. However, it seems more research needs to be performed on how to prevent the high numbers of addiction in adolescence. Besides research, news stories show evidence on the prevalence of addiction.
Relationship between Abuse and Addiction in Adolescence



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