What problems can teen substance abuse cause? Teens today that are high risk takers who drug, and or drinking for the thrill of a high, are prone to many serious health issues (mental and emotional) that maybe a lifetime issue.
Young teens and young adults who are involved in an alternate unhealthy lifestyle such as alcohol, drugs, excessive gaming, pornography etc. have a high mortality rate and or stunting their social ability to relate to reality.
Substance abuse progresses to many emotion and relation problems; loss of friends, home troubles with family members, school with possible legal problems.
The leading cause of death for teens is abuse if alcohol/drugs resulting in death/injury relating to car accidents, suicides, violence.
Sexual activity is ramped among anyone who abuses alcohol and drugs; increased risk of sexually transmitted infections (STI); such as HIV.
Teens who isolate may become internet addicted to gaming, and or pornography. Inhibiting their ability to relate in the real world. They become more depressed and reclusive with higher suicide tendencies
All use of certain drugs have been documented to cause overdose and brain damage in some individuals. Teens and young adults are vulnerable to home made drugs from the dealer, which are likely to contain toxins and bacteria varying in strength; which could lead to death in certain individuals.
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Many parents today have buried their teenagers from overdose. A tragedy so great to put into words.
Listed are the signs of substance abuse. Parents beware!
* Changes in personality and behavior like a lack of motivation, irritability, and agitation
* Bloodshot eyes and frequent bloody noses
* Shakes, tremors, or slurred speech
* Change in their daily routines
* Lack of concern for personal hygiene
* Unusual need for money; financial problems
* Changes in friends and activities
If you think you or someone you know has a problem, seek help right away. The sooner an addict gets help, the better. Reach out to a drug rehabilitation program in your area for help.
Resource: WebMD Medical Reference: View Article Sources Sources: Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg, MD on April 02, 2014 © 2014 WebMD, LLC. All rights reserved.
Be ever aware of where ones teens are, who they associate with and more importantly how they are behaving. Pay attention and be aware.