For Teens

As a young adult, you’re in the biggest risk group for developing a life-long relationship with drugs and alcohol. Studies show that most adults who are addicted to drugs and alcohol began their use as teenagers. While many view young adulthood as a time for “experimenting,” it’s also a time when you’re setting the patterns for the rest of your life.

When making decisions about drugs and alcohol use, it’s important to understand the short-term and long-term consequences of your decision. Knowing the effects of drugs on the brain and the potential social and legal risks of drug use will enable you to make an informed choice when the time comes. While parents, teachers, friends and other community members may influence your decision to use drugs and alcohol, there will be a time when the choice is yours alone, and it’s up to you to be prepared for that moment.

The resources below were created to help you make an educated choice when the time comes:

Signs of drug abuse

Medical consequences of drug abuse

Legal consequences of drug abuse

Social consequences of drug abuse

How to help a friend?

How to help myself?

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