Running head: SUBSTANCE ABUSE IN ADOLESCENTSSubstance abuse in adolescentsNameInstitutional AffiliationDate1SUBSTANCE ABUSE IN ADOLESCENTS2AbstractSubstance abuse refers to the excess use of psychoactive substances such as alcohol and otherillegal drugs. The term also applies to the use of prescribed medication in excessive quantities. Inthis article, an analysis of substance abuse in adolescents gets done. The article starts byexplaining the influences that lead adolescents to drink and using drugs and goes further toexplain the risk factors that are common against adolescents that develop addictive disorders. Itgets determined that some of the influences are peer pressure, the availability of drugs and thefamily environment while the risk factors entail abuse, social problems, and family problems. Ananalysis of the effects on the self-identity of adolescents gets done using Kohlberg's' stages ofmoral development, and the article concludes with intervention methods for adolescents withsubstance abuse disorder.SUBSTANCE ABUSE IN ADOLESCENTS3Substance abuse, according to Abracen and Looman, (2016), is the hazardous or excess use ofpsychoactive substances such as alcohol, and other illegal drugs. Substance abuse, as Abracenand Looman, (2016) further explain, also involves the use of legal substances and prescribedmedicine in the wrong way or excessive quantities. Wakeford, Morin, Bramlett, Howell, andSanchez (2018) explain that substance abuse ...
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