Common Reasons Teens Abuse Alcohol or Drugs

The teen years are often considered the most difficult period of a person’s life. After all, how often do you hear anyone over the age of 30 wistfully say, “Oh, to be 15 again…”? Probably never. It’s a vulnerable time of life as teens attempt to navigate the precarious bridge between childhood and adulthood. And…

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Statistics on Teen Substance Abuse

Addiction is a chronic and progressive disease that doesn’t discriminate. Anyone, regardless of age, race, background, or gender, can develop a substance abuse disorder. While certain factors can increase your risk of developing an addiction, such as having a close family member with a substance abuse disorder, there is no known reason why only some…

Heavy Marijuana Use Can Alter Puberty, Stunt Growth

New findings from a team of Pakistani scientists point to the potential for altered puberty and growth rates in adolescent boys with an addiction to the popular recreational drug marijuana. Researchers and public health officials are well-aware that, compared to adults, teenagers who consume marijuana have substantially higher chances of developing diagnosable symptoms of cannabis…