Teenagers And Drugs Essay

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Teenagers And Drugs

Effects of Drugs on Adolecents

Drug use is the increasing problem among teenagers in colleges today. Most drug use begins
in the preteen and teenage years, these years most crucial in the maturation process.
During these years adolescents are faced with difficult tasks of discovering their self
identity, clarifying their sexual roles, assenting independence, learning to cope with
authority and searching for goals that would give their lives meaning. Drugs are readily,
adolescents are curious and venerable, and there is peer pressure to experiment, ad there
us a temptation to escape from conflicts. The use of drugs by teenagers is the result of a
combination of factors such as peer pressure, curiosity, and availability. Drugs addiction
among adolescents in turn lead to depression and suicide.

One of the most important reasons of teenage drug usage is peer pressure. Peer pressure
represents social influences that effect adolescents, it can have a positive or a negative
effect, depending on person's social group and one can follow one path of the other. We
are greatly influenced by the people around us. In today's colleges drugs are very common,
peer pressure usually is the reason for their usage. If the people in your social group
use drugs there will be pressure a direct or indirect pressure from them. A person may be
offered to try drugs, which is direct pressure. Indirect pressure is when someone sees
everyone around him using drugs and he might think that there is nothing wrong with using
drugs. Person might try drugs just to fit in the social norms, even if a person had no
intentions of using drugs one might do it just to be considered "cool" by his friends.
Today drugs are considered to be an acceptable social phenomenon by many teenagers. Here
is a personal example of drug use from a teenager, " When I started using, was only on
weekends, at parties. I used drugs 'recreationally' and therefore thought I had no
addiction problem. I used drugs like nicotine, marijuana or LSD to be happy or to have
fun. I needed drugs. I kept using drugs; I used drugs like marijuana to fit socially. I
had problems in my life, emotionally, that drugs only seemed to solve. Drugs made my
problems worse. I started snorting cocaine. I injected heroin into my veins. I almost
died. I was addicted"

In today's colleges the availability and variety of drugs is widespread. There is a demand
for drugs and the supply is plentiful. Since drugs are so easy accessible, a natural
interest in them may develop. A person may hear about drugs experiences, on reactions of
drug usage, such as " Hey the weed that he sold us was cool, I got stoned man". This
response will create a sense of curiosity and may convince the person to try drugs
themselves. Many teenagers today believe that the first use of drugs is safe. However even
though there is no instant addiction with the first try, teenagers tend to experiment
further. Soon a person could actively seek the euphoric effects of drugs. Drug addiction
is the result of intense preoccupation with the dicer to experience the mental and bodily
changes with drug use. The final and the most disastrous stage are when a person needs
drugs in order to function adequately. Therefore availability, curiosity and
experimentation could result in drug addiction among teenagers.

One of the most devastating side effects of drug addiction and abuse is depression.
Depression is the result of chemical imbalance, environmental influence, or a combination
of both. Using heavy and very highly addictive drugs as heroin, cocaine, opium and many
other will cause sudden mood changes, deterioration of the immune system, nervous
breakdowns, unusual flares of temper and many other side effects. Besides physical side
effects, drug addiction can create problems in a person's social circles. The person may
run into many conflicts with his family and friends, resulting in desire for isolation.
This in turn will create more problems since the person will have no social support.
Furthermore, drug addiction is a financial strain especially for teenagers. When a person
is addicted to drugs he will do anything to obtain money to fulfill his needs.

According to previous studies, drug addiction is the results of 3 "I's". Teenagers may
think of their problems as Inescapable, Interminable and Intolerable. Life may seem bleak
and miserable. Seeing no way out feeling lonely and no prospects for improvement leads to
depression. Which can further lead to attempted suicide. Many studies have found that
drugs are a contributing factor to suicide. Using drugs may reduce inhibitions and impair
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