Frequent questions teens have about drugs and alcohol

drugs and alcohol

This blog is to share with your teens to educate them about drugs and alcohol. Remember the best prevention is education.

Inspirations for Youth and Families not only works with teens to overcome their abuse of drugs and alcohol we educate them. Many of our teens admit to using a drug without fully understanding the effects it may have on their body. During their stay we inform them of the effects drugs really have on their brains, body and growth.

Here are five of the most frequent questions our teens ask during our drug education courses:

1. Why do some people get addicted and others don’t?

While research is still being done to explain this phenom. What we do understand so far is that genes are playing a huge role. The same inclination for addiction can run in families and explain how easily they develop addiction-like behaviors. A person’s environment also plays a part in their addiction development. There are many factors that create addiction including genes, age you begin using, experiences, and types of drugs abused.

2. Why are drugs so addicting?

Different drugs affect the brain differently however they all trigger the brain’s neurotransmitter releasing dopamine. This chemical is responsible for the pleasurable sensation or high experienced when on drugs. Upon repeated use the brain becomes accustomed the surges in dopamine and begin to stop producing them normally. This is where the feeling of “withdrawals” stem and addiction becomes rooted as everyday or natural “rewards” like eating, relationships are less pleasurable. In order to feel normal or happy this is where the addiction cycle starts to form as the users begins to use in order to function.

3. Are e-cigarettes dangerous?

E-cigarettes may boast themselves as the healthy alternative to smoking research is being conducted to back up this outrageous claim. However, one thing can be certain is that drugs no matter the disguise should not be taken by any teen. Adolescence is a very important time as your body and brain are growing. Drugs and alcohol will always take away from that process and addiction starts in the teen years the effects later on can be quite detrimental.

4. Can you still get addicted if you only use once in a while?

Yes. Addiction to drugs and alcohol is process not an event. Those addicted to drugs and alcohol start off as occasional users who increase their use because of the changes drugs create in the brain. The only thing we know for sure won’t lead to addiction is abstinence.

5. Is marijuana really that bad?

Though it may be a plant and can be used to benefit many things marijuana is still a dangerous drug. To many it seems harmless but this drug has been shown to have severe effects on the brain especially those of teens. The harmful effects of marijuana are still being investigated.


About Karen Corcoran-Walsh

Karen Corcoran-Walsh, CAP, ICADC, MFT, ASAM is nationally known as an expert in the treatment of mental health and drug or alcohol abuse and addiction, also known as Dual Diagnosis, with a specialty in working with teenagers. Renowned as an adolescent addiction treatment center professional, she has worked in the professions of education and drug treatment for approximately 20 years. Karen is the co-founder of Inspirations For Youth And Families, LLC an adolescent treatment program and The Cove Center For Recovery, LLC an adult addiction treatment center.