COHASSET VIRTUAL YOUTH CENTER
At the Cohasset Virtual Youth Center, Cohasset Youth can link to learn more about local programming from Safe Harbor, Cohasset Rec, Paul Pratt Memorial Library, Cohasset Elder Affairs & more.
ADDICTION & THE TEEN BRAIN
Addiction is a chronic disease where the brain has lack of control over a reward or substance. Addiction is characterized by inability to consistently abstain from behaviors that are harmful. Like other chronic diseases, addiction often involves cycles of relapse and remission.
A teen brain can adapt and grow in ways an adult brain cannot. Making many risky decisions in the teen years can result in many long term effects including:
- Mental illness
- Early misuse of drugs
- Poor social skills
- Impaired problem solving
- Physical health problems
When drugs are misused, your brain adapts to the surges of dopamine that the drugs are producing. As a result, your brain produces less dopamine. Things that normally made your happy no longer do.
Dopamine is a chemical in your brain that relays feelings of pleasure to the brain when we engage in an enjoyable activities or behaviors. Dopamine plays a part in controlling the movements a person makes, as well as their emotional responses. The right balance of dopamine is vital for both physical and mental wellbeing. Misusing drugs causes the brain to be flooded with Dopamine, creating a “euphoric high.”
Some signs and symptoms of conditions related to a dopamine deficiency include:
- Aches and pains
- Weight loss or weight gain
- Trouble sleeping/disturbed Sleep
- Inability to focus
- Low energy
- Feeling demotivated
FACT SHEETS created by SAMHSA
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LGBTQ YOUTH RESOURCES
This webpage provided by the CDC has many valuable resources from government agencies and community organizations for LGBTQ Youth, their friends, educators, parents, and family members to help guide and support LGBTQ youth thrive through various support tools and educational materials. Please CLICK HERE to learn more!
JUST THINK TWICE
is a website created by the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to provide education to youth about drugs, paraphernalia, while offering true stories as well as what consequences of drug use. CLICK HERE to learn more…
FACTS NO FILTERS
Different Products, Same Dangers. Vapes and cigarettes are a lot alike. They both put nicotine and cancer-causing chemicals in your body. And they are both highly addictive and dangerous for young people.Get the facts, find help quitting, or learn more about the fight against the tobacco and vaping industry HERE!
NIDA FOR TEENS
Get the latest on how drugs affect the brain and body. Featuring videos, games, blog posts and more at NIDA for TEENS HERE.