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New Hampshire youth
face challenges no other
generation has experienced.

Kids Coping.

They’re looking
for your help today.

Unnoticed

Things that go
Unnoticed set a
Path that’s difficult
to change.

The effects of substance use on growing minds

Teenage substance use can have a significant impact on a young person’s physical, emotional, and social well-being. Substance use during adolescence can disrupt brain development, leading to problems with memory, attention, decision-making, and impulse control. It can also increase the risk of mental health disorders, such as anxiety and depression. Additionally, substance use can interfere with academic and social development, leading to problems with school performance, relationships, and future career prospects.

Teenage substance use can also lead to risky behaviors, such as driving under the influence, engaging in unprotected sex, and experimenting with other drugs. This can increase the risk of accidents, injuries, and the transmission of sexually transmitted infections.

Substance use during adolescence is also linked to a higher risk of developing a substance use disorder in adulthood. It is essential to identify and address teenage substance use early to prevent these long-term negative consequences. 

Substance Use Disorder Defined

Addiction is commonly misunderstood.

Movies, TV shows, and news outlets often perpetuate a distorted impression of addiction, focusing on moral failure. 

The American Society Addiction Medicine (ASAM) defines addiction as a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations.

Resources in New Hampshire

Prevention