Drug Addiction in Adolescence

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Drug Addiction in Adolescence Abstract “Drug addiction is a dependence on an illegal drug or medication” (Merriam-Webster’s, 2000). Once one was addicted, it becomes the focus in that individual's life. The purpose for this paper was to learn and understand the positive and negative outcomes involving drug addiction in the lives of adolescence. Drug addiction in Adolescence was a continuing problem across the United States. There were many reasons an adolescent will try and even abuse different types of drugs and possibly alcohol; some of them included peer pressure, boredom, and curiosity and/or family problems such as parents going through a divorce. There were many warning signs and consequences that both adolescents and others should looked out for when getting involved with drugs. Once addicted to any type of drug, it can have a long-lasting effect on that adolescent's life, which can unfortunately cause death if left untreated. There was hope for those addicted; by one recognizing that may have a problem it can help lead them on the road to recovery, which can be a reward all in itself. However, it was very beneficial for an adolescent to have support from others when recovering, along with encouragement, comfort and guidance. The definition of addiction is the state of being enslaved to a habit/practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit forming (such as drugs, alcohol, other narcotics, etc.); to such an extent that its cessation can cause severe trauma (Merriam- Webster’s, 2000). There are many different types of addictions, from drug addiction to alcohol addiction to even small addictions (such as a shoe or shopping addiction), but for this paper, it will involve drug addiction in adolescence from the early stages to their later years. Drug addiction in adolescence has been an ongoing problem for a number of years

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