Abusing drugs at early ages makes a rocky period of development even rockier. Behavioral changes stemming from drug use is common among young people who use substances. Some drug users in the 18-25 age range may show, a result of their drug use, that:
- They have a hard time controlling their emotions.
- They have poor judgment or reasoning ability. They’re not likely to think about how their drug use or drug addiction can bring consequences
- They engage in high-risk and impulsive behaviors. Experimenting with addictive substances is one of those behaviors.
Drug addiction on the developing brain also affects other neurotransmitters, such as serotonin, which is responsible for stabilizing moods and regulating emotions; gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), a chemical that regulates the stress response and lowers anxiety naturally; and norepinephrine, which is known as the stress hormone and speeds up the body’s “fight or flight” response.