While many young people simply experiment with drugs, about 8% of them develop an addiction. Once teen drug addiction takes root, your child is at a higher risk for social problems, early death and a litany of other serious issues.
Addiction is a disease of brain motivation, reward and memory. Addiction affects a person’s impulses, conditioning them to engage in and repeat certain destructive behaviors despite known negative health, financial, emotional and social effects. The good news is that the illness is chronic and can be treated. Learn more about teen drug abuse and addiction with these related articles.