The effects of childhood abuse on its victims are penetrating. These effects can be emotional, social, and spiritual. According to Glaser (2000), besides the psychological effects of childhood abuse, which cause much damaging behavior in adulthood, there are other more serious, life altering effects. The impact of the abuse depends on the victim and circumstances of the abuse. Studies show that most drug addicts were abused as children and people that were abused in childhood grow up to be drug addicts (Umeno, Morita, Ikeda, Koda, & Abe, 2009).
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.
Drugs are readily available to people who choose to use them while teenagers often experiment with a variety of new challenging activities and substance. There are many common negative effects of drug abuse on teenagers. The first effect of drug abuse on teens is behavioral problems. Their behavior might be altered in some cases that lead to a few problems. For instance, abuse of drugs can change friendships.
However, hormone related, antisocial behavior theoretically peaks in the teenage years of life because that is when hormonal activity is at its supreme level. The chemical named polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB), once used in insulation materials, can have a negative influence in brain functioning and intelligence levels for individuals who have been exposed to the chemical for long periods of time. Siegel (2005) Research proposes that an adolescent’s diet can have an influence on the adolescents’ behavior through its impact on body chemistry and can cause involvement with substance abuse later in life. Research suggests that persistent abnormality in the way the brain metabolizes glucose can be linked to later involvement with substance abuse. Adolescents who experience intense mood swings,
As a parent, I know we have to be informed about all the problems our kids may be involved in. A first drink of alcohol at an early age increases the risk for heavier drinking, and more negative consequences of drinking later. According with Dr. Morean; “15-year-olds who start drinking are at greater risk for subsequent heavy drinking and alcohol-related problems than teens that do not begin drinking until age 17. However, if those 15-year-old drinkers also drank to intoxication at 15, their risk would be greater than if they had their first drink at age 15 but did not become intoxicated until age 17”. Furthermore teen’s alcohol problems are a social problem that we have to take an action on.
How does drug use relate to delinquency? Studies taking from a Treatment Research organization have found youth who take drugs under 15 years of age are at a greater risk for delinquent behaviors than adolescents above that age. Depending on the type of substance being abused and its prolonged use, juveniles can become physically and / or psychologically dependent; therefore, juveniles are more willing to participate in delinquent activity, such as stealing or selling drugs in order to pay for their supply of drugs or seek out a negative socialization group with other delinquent peers, which in return will provide easier access to drugs (Liddle, 2008) This is where the delinquency starts and the teenager begins to commit a crime without thinking of what could happen if they get caught. All the teenager is thinking about is how to forget that they have a problem at home, school, or peer pressure they just want to get high and they
According to Feldman (2013, p.371) many use because they want that free spirit feeling that the loss of inhibitions and tension might provide, others are thrill seeking, and some use them as means to escape from daily stressors. Research states there is a link between adolescent’s substance addiction and changes in brain structure, function, and neurocognition that are characterized by this stage of development (Squeglia, L. M., Jacobus, J., & Tapert, S. F.,2009). Substance Abuse/Addiction on Brain Development From 12 to 18 years of age the use of alcohol and drugs rises tremendously. This rise in substance use correlates with the fact that in 2009 23% of adolescents met the diagnostic criteria for substance use disorder by the age of 20 (Squeglia, L. M., Jacobus, J., & Tapert, S. F.,2009). The usage of alcohol and drugs during the adolescences years could possibly lead to the brain deviating from its normal route of maturation and key processes of brain development (Squeglia, L. M., Jacobus, J., & Tapert, S. F.,2009).
One fact he presents is that even a teen drinking at a responsible rate can cause damage in the brain that is long term and irreversible. Following this he discusses how consumption of alcohol has a major impact in some of the leading causes of death for teens such as accidents, homicide and even suicide. Along with the health risks of drinking, a juvenile would make
“Annotated Outline” Reducing Drug Usage and Abuse Against Teenager and Young Adults Shaniquah Garvin HS5020 Research: A Tool for Forensic Practitioners Abstract Reducing drug usage and abuse against teenagers and young adults is a great topic among the forensic toxicology field because as the society replays the pop culture life they all interact with different drug usages. This topic on reducing drug usage and abuse against teenagers and young adults are very interest topic to me because in my society we are losing a lot of our young people because of drug usages and the way they abuse them. The illicit use of drugs, including alcohol, by teenagers has been extensively studied and documented. It is not uncommon for teenagers to be involved in illicit drug use before exhibiting signs and symptoms of drug use. Unsuspecting parents may be unaware of drug use in their children.
Identifying Signs of Abuse, Drug Abuse, and Suicidal Tendencies in Students. Identifying Signs of Abuse, Drug Abuse, and Suicidal Tendencies in Students. Working as an educator comes with many jobs. Not only are teachers here to educate children, but they also look out for the well being of the students. There are many students’ young and old being abused, abusing drugs or using drugs, and who have suicidal tendencies.