Substance use in teens

Substance use in teens defined

Substance use in teens occurs when a teen uses some form of drug in a patterned way which is harmful to themselves and others. Causes of substance use in teens include genetic dispositions, peer pressure, impulsiveness and family conflict. Being a teenager already comes with its stresses and emotional changes. These changes often come with a change in friend group. If your teen has recently changed friend groups, they may be influenced by their negative habits.substance abuse in teens

Knowing the signs of substance use in teens is essential in getting your teen the help they need. Symptoms of substance use include:


  • Red eyes
  • Blotchy, flushed skin
  • Negative attitude
  • Lack of interest in school
  • Change in friend group
  • Strange smells on clothing, hair and body
  • Spending large amounts of money on mysterious things
  • Withdrawing from the family
  • Fatigue


Substance use in teens can take a huge toll on teens, even in small amounts of substances. Overdoses and brain damage can occur even after the tiniest bit of certain drugs.

Substance use in teens can lead to low academic performance, damage to relationships, and legal problems. It can damage a teen’s appearance, their reputation, and their future. Getting help for your teen is extremely important.

Elevations RTC and Substance use in Teens

Elevations RTC is a residential treatment center that offers an advanced therapeutic program for teens ages 13-17. Elevations RTC provides family, group, and individual therapy to its students.

As a residential treatment center, Elevations helps teens overcome issues such as substance use, emotional disorders and mental health issues. Providing intensive psychiatric treatment and personal care, staff at Elevations are experienced and passionate about what they do for young people.


A 2009 study on substance use in teens had findings that suggested substance use in adolescence leads to abnormalities in the functioning of the brain. These abnormalities included poorer neurocognitive performance, changes in brain volume, and abnormal neuron patterns.

Contemporary article

An article in The Independent discusses the dramatic drop in numbers of teens drinking and smoking. “We can’t be certain from this data what has caused the declines in smoking and drinking among young people,” said Elizabeth Fuller, research director at NatCen Social Research. According to the article, instead of turning to drugs and alcohol, teens are turning to drugs like ecstasy to fill the gap left by cigarettes and alcohol. Ecstasy use among 16-24 year old was at 5.4 percent, the highest its been since 2003, and up by 38 percent compared to last year.

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Wikicommons Media


The Influence of Substance Use on Adolescent Brain Development

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