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Factsheet on teens and drug abuse



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We are excited you are here, because no doubt, you shall take away some very important facts and tips that will help you to stay strong, safe and happy. If you have already started using a bit of drugs, we hope that you shall be encouraged to make a move that will help you to get back on track and restore your bright future. More importantly, we hope you see the need to tell your friends about this so that together we shall all have a happy ending.

Some of us live in a society that makes it look cool to use drugs. Other societies do not entertain drugs at all, and teens are less likely to fall victim to drugs. Wherever you are, these facts will help.

Disturbed teen on drugs

So what is drug abuse?
bulletIt is the habitual use of drugs to alter one's mood, emotion, or state of consciousness.
bulletThis includes the destructive pattern of using substance or chemicals, that leads to significant physical, mental, emotional problems or distress.

Drug use come in many forms. People who consume drugs, chemicals or substances by swallowing, injecting, applying to skin, or any other way to enhance their looks, mood, performance, or influence their thinking is committing an act of drug abuse, because inevitably, it will have some very bad results sooner or later.
If your doctor prescribes some medicine for you, and you do not use it as instructed, it can be called 'abuse' because it will have some bad consequences.


Addiction
We cannot discuss Abuse without Addiction. Drug addiction is even more worrying, as it now involves the brain.

bulletDrug addiction is a chronic (long-lasting) disease. It doesn't go away like a cold. It can stay for a long time, sometimes for life.

bulletExperts say it is very easy to get addicted to drugs. This is why the best behavior is to avoid even getting into contact with drugs.
Read the story of a teen who got addicted just after one use.

Addiction is not simply a weakness as people think. It is a brain disorder involving a compulsive, uncontrollable, craving and seeking, and use that persist even in the face of extremely negative consequences. This extreme craving has caused many deaths in young people, because even before they used that final dose they knew it could kill them, but they had no control to stop.

Sometimes people quit their drug use for a while, but start using drugs again no matter how hard they try. This return to drug use is called a
relapse.


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