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Today’s teens have a lot more on their plates than teens of the past. They face academic challenges at school, pressure to perform in extracurricular activities and the need to get into the right college. All of these pressures can make it tempting to take illicit substances to boost their mental energy. As a result, the use of smart drugs has skyrocketed among teens in the recent years.
Smart drugs are stimulants that temporarily enhance brain function. They include amphetamines, modafinil, armodafinil, and adrafinil, among others. Many teens use these drugs to stay up late, concentrate longer, improve focus and succeed in school, sports and other areas. Although it may sound like a good idea to use smart drugs to accomplish more, these substances can be harmful and addictive when misused. If your teen is abusing smart drugs, it’s important that you inform yourself of the risks, and that they receive the help they need to stop.
The most common smart drugs abused by teens are:
While many young people see smart drugs as a way to boost their performance, there are major risks associated with their use. They can also be addictive.
Smart drug abuse has also been linked to brain damage. Because some smart drugs are relatively new, the full extent of their associated risks isn’t known as long-term research on them hasn’t yet been conducted. If your teen is using smart drugs, it’s important to help them understand the risks and quit using them as soon as possible.
Teens often get these drugs from friends or online stores. In many cases, abuse of prescription medications starts in family medicine cabinets – which is why it’s important for parents to keep track of and protect prescription medicines at home.
At some point, teens who are abusing these medications will probably demonstrate signs of abuse. These can include:
If you’re concerned that your teen is abusing smart drugs, it can be hard to know where to start. Here are some points to keep in mind:
The compassionate team at Sandstone Care can help. We dedicate our focus entirely to working with young people who are struggling with substance abuse and mental health concerns, and have seen plenty of young people turn things around for the better. To learn more about how we can help your family, give us a call at 888-850-1890.