Drugs & Alcohol
You know the feeling when you’re about to hit a piñata? You were just spun around, your uncle blindfolded you, and now you feel sick because you had so much cake— that’s the feeling you might get from drugs and alcohol. They affect you physically and prevent you from thinking straight.
You may want to use a substance for many reasons, like fitting in with your peers, feeling grown up, or because it makes you feel good. However, using alcohol and drugs before the brain has fully developed increases your risk for future substance addiction dramatically.
Warning signs to look for in users:
- Drowsiness, lack of motivation
- Irritability, depression
- Frequent nosebleeds
- Significant weight loss or malnutrition
What can I do?
Ask yourself why you are considering or already using drugs and alcohol. Is it because you think “everyone is doing it?” Fact is, they’re not:
90.5% of teens have never used inhalants.
90.7% of teens have never used tranquilizers.
91.8% of teens have never used barbiturates.
93.5% of teens have never used ecstasy.
94% of teens have never used cocaine.
96.1% of teens have never used LSD.
97.6% of teens have never used methamphetamine.
98.8% of teens have never used heroin.