Call Now. Treatment Center Locator. Some studies of the human brain have attempted to pinpoint the changes that occur during adolescence.
Understanding the brain science behind teenage behavior can help parents better prepare their kids to avoid drugs and alcohol. Scientists have learned that it takes a brain about 25 years to fully develop. A huge burst of development happens during adolescence, and that burst can explain a lot of unpredictable — and sometimes risky — teen behavior.
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Most kids grow dramatically during the adolescent and teen years. Long-term drug use causes brain changes that can set people up for addiction and other problems. Once a young person is addicted, his or her brain changes so that drugs are now the top priority.
Many parents are concerned about alcohol as well as other drugs as their children grow up, and for good reason. Young people are at greater risk of alcohol-related harm than adults. Findings include:.
Adolescence is a risky time. Teenagers take risks and seek novelty by nature, and those actions affect their health. They are more likely to die from accidents, and experimentation with psychoactive drugs is normative.
Alcohol use among teenagers can have serious effects on their physical and mental health. These include:. They become dehydrated and as a result, feel sick, have headaches and become irritable.
Parents of teengaers often have different attitudes towards their children experimenting with drugs. Most do not tolerate drug use by their teenage children because of health risks, the possibility of them underachieving or even becoming addicted. Another perspective is that occasional drug or alcohol use is acceptable, especially since many teenagers experiment during high school. What most parents do not realize, as well as the teenagers who are using, is that the teenage brain is far more susceptible to damage from drugs and alcohol than the adult brain.
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