Many teens try alcohol, tobacco, or drugs.
Some teens try these substances only a few times and stop. Others can’t control their urges or cravings for them. This is substance abuse.
Substance use can lead to long-term social and health problems, injury, and even death.
Growth and development can be affected by tobacco, alcohol, and drugs.
Teens who abuse these substances may have trouble finding their identity, building relationship skills, and becoming emotionally stable. They also may have trouble preparing for their future.
Substance abuse can affect memory and learning, which can harm a teen’s academic performance.
Substance use can grow very quickly from experimenting or occasional use to abuse and addiction in teens at risk.