Drug Rehab 2022 Round 1 – drug

Name: kaleen


As a teenager you are exposed to new opportunities constantly. You meet new people you try new things; you find out more things about yourself and what you like to do. As a teenager it is more than likely you will come across drugs either talking about it or even trying it. But not all opportunities are supposed to be explored. Being a teenager, I know what it’s like constantly trying to look for happiness, fun and something new to try. There are many negative consequences to trying drugs as a teenager and that also include smoking marijuana and drinking. There are many long-term and short-term effects including damage to your body and your environment. Everything is fun and games smoking weed and thinking it’ll only be an occasional activity every Friday night after school smoke to I can’t eat or sleep without smoking. You become addicted to how it makes you feel and as you grow your developing brain re-wires itself to you, thinking you need it to function in everyday life. Nothing is more heartbreaking then seeing your closest friends become so dependent on drugs especially when you grew up with them seeing full on energy and do the things, they love without the need of having to needing to smoke or drink before the activity. This now leads to why teenagers shouldn’t also start drinking at an early age, everyone hears adults talk about it all the time and usually teenagers just brush it off. An occasional drink with your friends or family is understandable but teenagers must realize that it can also lead to many bad habits. Many families around the world are broken up by alcoholism. That is when either or sometimes even both parents are constantly drinking, and it can lead to many issues within the family. Things broken, punches thrown, emotional abuse thrown around. It sounds all too familiar don’t it, you may see it movies you may have not but those are based off real life events that many children in some households must unfortunately have to endure. But let’s get to the facts and statistics, what EXACTLY can use drugs at a young age do to a teenager’s body? For alcohol learning and memory can be the biggest impact for teenagers. During this time teenagers are still developing, and any drug use can lead to impairments in parts of the brain that are involved in learning, reasoning and paying attention. People lose neurons in the hippocampus as they age, this is what helps your ability to learn new information, but as you smoke you accelerate the loss of those neurons. But that’s not even the worst part, it can affect your perception of reality. It can trigger mental illnesses like schizophrenia and even cause psychosis for some people. Marijuana has been found to result in lower dopamine activity in chronic users. This can cause psychotic symptoms like that of schizophrenia: anxiety, paranoia, and hallucinations. But these are just the bottom of the barrel for drugs. The second most used drug by teenagers would be Amphetamine. This drug is also known as Adderall and it’s a synthetic, addictive, mood-altering drug, used illegally as a stimulant and legally as a prescription drug to treat children with ADD and adults with narcolepsy. Adderall would be also considered a stimulant and those have many bad side effects if not use for the right reason. Stimulates raises your heart rate, body temperature, and pressure, it also keeps you awake and stimulated while suppressing your appetite. Regular use with the Adderall can make changes in the structures of your brain and change the way your emotions are regulated. It doesn’t just have psychological affects there can also be physical affects to your body, it can also be hard on your heart muscles, lungs, vascular system, and other internal organs. It can get very addictive and using them recreationally may increase the chances of developing a psychological and physical dependence on them. If I was to get sucked up into these drugs, they would have an effect on my future. I want a future where I am healthy and successful. Drugs would only do the opposite for me. Not only would it make me sick it can very much affect the life and people around me. People can only hide drug abuse for so long and eventually your family and friends will find out and it would only hurt them as much as its hurting yourself.

Side Effects of Adderall: Depression, Anxiety & Raised Heart Rate (americanaddictioncenters.org)

Long Term Effects of Adderall on Brain, Personality, and Body (americanaddictioncenters.org)

What You Need to Know About Marijuana Use in Teens | Fact Sheets | Marijuana and Public Health | CDC

The Effects of Marijuana on the Teenage Brain (americanaddictioncenters.org)

Alcohol (for Teens) – Nemours KidsHealth