Studies have shown that parents have a significant influence on young people’s decisions about alcohol consumption, especially when parents create supportive and nurturing environments in which their children can make their own decisions. In fact, around 80 percent of children feel that parents should have a say in whether they drink alcohol.
Our Parents, Take a Stand campaign provides resources to parents to talk to their children and prevent youth substance use. Find all the tools you need here and help us take a stand against youth substance abuse.
Don’t Let Drugs Take Over Your Brain
Drugs don’t discriminate based on any trait of characteristic that a person might have. Anybody can become addicted to any type of drugs at any time. This is why it is important for everyone to be aware of the side effects of taking drugs along with the signs that someone you love might be on drugs. Drug addiction is a lingering brain disease. When you take drugs it completely changes the way that the brain works. According to Drug Abuse, drugs disrupt the communication process within the body. Drugs can trick the body into reacting and acting in different abnormal ways. They are also able to overstimulate the part of the brain that feels it has been rewarded; which mean if you take a drug you’ll feel good and you’ll be more likely to continue using. All drugs work differently, but all cause lasting effects.
Some physical indicators that someone you know is abusing drugs include:
§ Constantly bloodshot eyes or their pupils are larger/smaller than normal
§ Peculiar change in appetite or sleep patterns
§ Sudden weight loss or weight gain
§ Unusual smells on breath, body, or clothing
There are many more signs and symptoms to be aware of.