Essay on Addiction: Brain and Liberty University Online

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During the stage of adolescence many are in the stage of finding themselves. This is stage where the youth are going through puberty. Often times during this stage of life individuals are trying to form their identity. Adolescences are also faced with negative challenges such as peer pressure, bullying, violence, and substance abuse/use. Often times during this stage of life the youth may get off track and try to figure out how to find themselves as an individual.
Abuse or Addiction affects the developing brain According to Brooks (2014), “ Adolescents brains are not fully developed.” Children in this stage have a challenge due to all the changes that are taking place within them. By the brain not being fully developed and the frontal lobe of the brain being responsible for their emotions and regulations of their emotions the adolescent’s reasoning is off. According to Feldman (2104), “ the use of alcohol as well as other kinds of substance use and abuse is one of the several kinds of threat to the health during adolescences” (p.371). Addiction can cause changes within the nervous system and can stay around for sometime (Feldman, 2014, p.372). Abuse and addiction affects how the brain processes information. The prefrontal cortex of the brain assist with being able to think, evaluate, along with assisting with making decisions. Abuse and addiction also affects the brain on communicating. When one is abusing a substance or alcohol it can also affect behavioral development and control urges that the adolescent may have.
Spiritual development Proverbs 22:6(KJV) states, “Train up a