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Substance Abuse for Teens and Young Adults

Substance abuse

Alcohol

Drugs

 

 

 

Alcohol

Alcohol is widely abused among teens. But teen drinking has big health and safety risks.

It is dangerous because it can lead to:

  • Deaths and injuries
  • Poor choices, like drinking and driving or unsafe sex
  • Physical or sexual violence
  • Trouble in school
  • Problems with brain development
  • Alcohol problems later in life

Some young people may have serious problems from drinking. People with these problems need treatment by trained professionals. If you think you need help to stop drinking, your PCP can help you find treatment. See your PCP today to talk about what you can do to get over your problem with alcohol.

You can also find help through self-help groups, like Alcoholics Anonymous. For more information click here.

Material Adapted from MedlinePlus
1. Underage drinking. (2015, Sept 1).

 

Drugs

Drug abuse is a big health problem that harms the people who take them. It also harms the people around them. A drug is a substance that can change how your body and mind act. People abuse drugs to change how they feel. People often abuse drugs to feel good, to avoid bad feelings or to do well in school.

Drug abuse harms a person’s body and brain. It is important to get help. Treatment works. If you abuse drugs, your PCP can help you find treatment. See your PCP today to talk about what you can do to get over drug abuse.1

For more information on the types of drugs people abuse and types of treatment. For more information click here.

Material Adapted from National Institute on Drug Abuse
1. Easy to Read Drug Facts. (n.d.)