Above the Influence

You may have felt pressured or may feel pressured into trying drugs someday, but why? According to drugfree.org teens do drugs, “for a variety of reasons. To party and get high, in some cases, but also to “manage” or “regulate” their lives.” Drugs may seem like an “easy” escape from life, but in they are nothing but harmful to your health, relationships, and the way you live and experience life. So what are some of risks of doing drugs that you should know?

Risk 1: Relationship Problems

Doing drugs can lead to many unwanted problems, especially in your relationships. Your relationships with your friends, boyfriend, and your parents can change a lot as your attitude about drugs change. Your friends may stop hanging out with you and your boyfriend may break-up with you. Your parents will probably try to help, but you feel they are only trying to punish you. Diana Valera, age 14 says, “I think if you started doing drugs the relationship with your parents would be very stressful. They are doing the best they can to help you out and the only reason you would do drugs is if you have a low self-esteem.”

Risk 2: School Troubles

Doing drugs can also affect how you do in school. Doing drugs can lead to many school absences, getting bad grades and not paying attention in class. Drugs can also affect your plans for your future education and career.If you become lost in the world of drugs, college and your dream job will be the last thing on your mind.

Risk 3: Hanging Out With the Wrong Crowd

If you start doing drugs you are probably going to start hanging out with the wrong kind of people. You may think they are you “friends.” If they are encouraging you to do drugs, they aren’t real friends. You could possibly lose touch with your closest friends as your new “friends” pressure you into doing things that aren’t good.

Risk 4: Drugs Are Addictive

Drugs can quickly change the way you think and act as they begin to control your life. According to abovetheinfluence.com drugs play a major role in affecting the way our brain works. “Just as we turn down the volume on a radio that is too loud, the brain adjusts to the overwhelming surges in dopamine by producing less dopamine or by reducing the number of receptors that can receive and transmit signals. As a result, dopamine’s impact on the reward circuit can become low. This is why the abuser feels flat, lifeless, and depressed, and is unable to enjoy things that previously brought them pleasure. Now, they need to take drugs just to bring their dopamine function back to normal.” Your body becomes addicted to the drug as you now rely on it to make you feel good.

Risk 5: Health Issues

Drugs are extremely bad for your health as they pose a lot of risks depending on how much you take. Drugs can affect your abilities to hear, speak, walk, smell, see, taste and think normally. They can also lead to things like depression, mood swings and hallucinations. According to drugfree.org, “there are both immediate and long term risks. In the short term, overdosing can be fatal. In the longer term, drugs such as pain relievers and prescription medicine, among others, can become potentially addictive.”

Drugs lead to a lifestyle that no one should have to experience. Steer clear of drugs by saying “no” to peer pressure, getting involved in school clubs, volunteering around your community and surrounding yourself with positive people.


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