Young and Addicted: Stunted Growth and Development


Young adults who struggle with substance use disorders (SUDs) fail to mature developmentally during active use, which can have long-term consequences on their ability to function as adults. Studies have shown that young adults, aged 18 through 24, who abuse substances are more likely to experience problems with cognitive development, including memory and learning difficulties. In addition, substance abuse can cause feelings of insecurity, paranoia, anxiety, and identity issues, which often lead a person to use even more, creating a vicious spiral of shame and continued addiction. Diminished Ability to Regulate Emotions One of the problems with abusing substances at a [...]