Teenage Drug Addiction Research Paper

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Teen Drug Addiction Physical and Emotional Effects In the United States, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, a dilemma arose, 1.8 million teens suffered from drug addiction in 2009 (Currie-McGhee, L. K, 2012, p.8). Teenagers have begun to plummet into the impractical idea that drugs are not detrimental. In actuality drugs have been present in the majority of teens who show negligent behavior. For example, 94% of teens who are arrested have attempted drugs at least once (Currie-McGhee, L. K, 2012, p.37). The research stated below discusses the different types of addictions, why teens turn to drugs, and the effects of substance abuse; which will all be discussed by answering the following questions below:
• Why do teens
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Envision playing baseball and a fly ball is hit; preparing to catch it, your glove is up, and the ball lands on the ground nowhere near the glove this is an effect of drug usage. Coordination loss is one of the less severe effects of partaking in drug abuse (Lawton, S. A, 2006, p.52). Teens may foresee marijuana relaxation drug and stimulate their mind, but marijuana can cause anxiety and panic attacks. When smoking marijuana the brain produces a chemical, dopamine, which creates a feeling of satisfaction for a short period of time. Teens get addicted to the production of dopamine and continuously use marijuana in order to stimulate the production of the chemical (Lawton, S. A, 2006, p.52). Marijuana produces a chemical called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC disrupts the communication between neurons by interfering with receptors, such as cannabinoid receptors which are located in the hippocampus, the cerebellum, the basal ganglia, and the cerebral cortex (Lawton, S. A, 2006, p.53). When the receptors are disrupted, by the use of marijuana, in the hippocampus it causes teens to have tenacious time studying and learning, which can lead to a serious problem such as permanent memory loss. Lung cancer becomes an effect of smoking marijuana because it contains tobacco like substances (Lawton, S. A, 2006, p.54). Teens who inhale deeper and hold their breathe longer damage the lungs more than a regular …show more content…
The first step in recovering from drug addiction is recognizing that the user is relying emotionally on the drug (Currie-McGhee, L. K., 2012, p.51). Most teens do not apprehend that the addiction has become a problem and in order to convince the teen they must take part in and intervention with friends and family. The intervention is an assemblage where the loved ones gather with the addict to converse how the addict use of drugs is negatively affecting their life. When treating teens for addiction, therapist do not conduct the therapy the same as adults, mostly because a teen is still in school and living at home. Therefore, there are only 30% of drug treatment programs that have a separate program for teens (Currie-McGhee, L. K, 2012, p.52). Finance becomes a concern with the teen drug assistance program costing as much as 7,000 per month, and in order for the therapy to be profitable the addict must endure the program for several months (Currie-McGhee, L. K, 2012, p.52). The twelve-step program is one of the many programs for teens to get help with their addiction. The program begins by having the teen concede that they are not in control and cannot do this alone; “that they need a higher power” (Currie-McGhee, L. K, 2012, p.52) Many therapists do not use this method with teens because it convinces the

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