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teenage drug/alcohol abuse

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Transcript of teenage drug/alcohol abuse

Clinical Behavior/Substance abuse in adolescence
Time for
The Stats:
Bio basics
Presentation by:
Caitlyn Arsenault
Carmen Wynter
Melissa Adams

Activity: Who is Addicted?
Two people have been using morphine.
Chris has been taking between 50 milligrams (mg) and 500 mg each day for a year.
Pat has been taking 100 mg each day for six months. Only one of these individuals is addicted to morphine.

Who do you think is addicted to morphine? Explain your answer.

Pat's Story
Pat has been living on the streets for a year after losing her job. When the savings ran out, Pat could no longer afford the rent for an apartment and couldn’t afford to keep a car. She quickly became depressed. When another homeless person offered some morphine, Pat thought the drug might help make the problems of life go away. For the past six months, Pat and friends have been shooting up with
morphine once each day
Chris's Story
Twelve months ago, Chris was in an accident and received third-degree burns over 30 percent of his body. While in the hospital undergoing treatment, the pain was very intense. The doctors prescribed morphine that Chris could self-administer to control the pain. After all, morphine is one of the most effective pain-relief medicines available. At first, 50 mg of morphine each day would ease the pain. Later, however, Chris needed as much as 500 mg a day to ease the pain. Chris may need a dose of morphine 12 times each day.

% of student's using drugs ages 12-17
Prescription Drugs
% of 12th graders
Life time 21.20%
Past Year 14.80%
Past Month 7.00%
Total Illicit drug use
Most common
8th graders
10th graders
12th graders
% of 8th Graders
% of 10th graders
Life time 54%
Past Year 48.50%
Past Month 27.60%
Daily 1.00%

% of 12th graders
Life time 69.40%
Past Year 63.50%
Past Month 41.50%
Daily 2.50%
Life time 29.50%
Past Year 23.60%
Past Month 11.00%
Daily 0.30%

8th graders
10th graders
12th graders
% of 8th graders
Life time 15.20%
Past Year 11.40%
Past Month 6.50%
Daily 1.10%
% of 10th graders
Life time 33.80%
Past Year 28.00%
Past Month 17.00%
Daily 3.50%
% of 12th graders
Life time 45.20%
Past Year 36.40%
Past Month 22.90%
Daily 6.50%
8th graders
10th graders
12th graders
% of 8th graders
Life time 18.50%
Past Year 13.40%
Past Month 7.70%
% of 10th graders
Life time 36.80%
Past Year 30.10%
Past Month 18.60%
% of 12th graders
Life time 49.10%
Past Year 39.70%
Past Month 25.20%
Arrested Development
Drugs not only stunt your physical growth but mental too
If you are arrested at the age of 13 and become sober at 18, you are emotionally 13 years old.
Increased social disinhibition
Risky, impulsive behavior
Poor planning and judgment
Little ability to weigh consequences
Biology & the Brain
What does this all mean?
Long Term Effects of Alcohol
Drinking alcohol can lower estrogen levels in adolescent girls.
Drinking alcohol can lower luteinizing hormone and testosterone levels in adolescent boys.
In both sexes, acute intoxication reduces levels of growth hormones
Increased alcohol consumption is associated with lowered bone mineral density in adolescent males but not females
A history of alcohol abuse or dependence in adolescents was associated with reduced hippocampal volumes
Long Term Effects of Marijuana/THC
Interrupts nerve impulse in the cerebellum which affects muscle movement and coordination
Marijuana decreases neuron activity in the hippocampus which affects memory
Interferes with receiving sensory messages
Motivation and Rewards
Habits and Hard wiring
Adults develop profound idea's of self during Identity vs. Identity confusion in adolescent years
Cognitive deficits
Lowered intellectual capacity
Lowered language competence
Poor academic achievement
Short attention spans
Poor verbal skills
Issues in long & short term memory
Constructive thinking is developed during the teenage years
Dopamine is released in order to promote the development of better problem solving skills
Thus promoting the refinement of the neural circuitry associated with these new skills
Statistics tell us that, whether it is long
or short term use, abusers can exhibit many of these deficits
Drug use before 18 is the best predictor of later drug abuse
Alter's Perception
Perceptive abilities are not fully matured in teens
Teens use the Amygdala to process emotions versus an adult who uses their frontal lobes
Teens develop an inability to determine their feelings and motives of other people
Misunderstandings of failures in school, work, and relationships
Retreating further into drugs
If your identity is drugs
then what?
• Betrayal and loss of trust.
o You have the doors locked.
• Abuse, threats and violence
o There are holes in the wall.
• Sibling anger and resentment
o Better off now with them gone.
• Isolated, disgraced and humiliated
o You are on your own with it.
• Feeling blamed
o You are not a good parent.

Effects on Family
Family Programs
School Programs
Monitoring and supervising
monitoring activities
praise for appropriate behavior
consistent discipline that enforces family rules.

Continuing drug education for parents.
Reinforcing what children are learning about the effects of drugs
Engage in family discussions about the abuse of legal and illegal substances.

Elementary School
Improvement of academic and social-emotional learning
Middle & High School
Increase academic and social competence
emotional awareness
social problem-solving
academic support, especially in reading

study habits and academic support
peer relationships
drug resistance skills
reinforcement of antidrug attitudes
transfer a
message from one neuron to
another across the synapse, or
space between the neurons.
are specialized sites on the
receiving neuron that will then
forward the appropriate message
to where it is needed.
bring back the
neurotransmitters for recycling
The Brain
Cerebral Cortex
controls senses
while being responsible for thinking,
problem solving, and making decisions
Brain Stem
controls the heart rate,
breathing, eating, and sleeping
Limbic System
controls emotions, perceptions, memory, and reward circuits
responsible for skilled repetitive movements, balance, and posture
Thank You
Class Discussion
Should the drinking age be lowered
to 18 years of age?
Should Marijuana be decriminalized?
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