skip to Main Content

Topic 1 – The Teenage Brain

Topic Progress:

Human beings go through two major brain growth phases, one in infancy and again during the teenage years. This makes the brain particularly vulnerable to negative impacts during these growth phases.girls

The prefrontal cortex is one part of the brain that develops in the teen years and is a part of the brain that:

  • helps moderate social behaviour;
  • develops problem solving strategies; and
  • develops the organizing capacity that can warn us of potential danger and risk.

Adding problematic substance use into the mix of a developing brain can interfere with these burgeoning capacities. It can also lead to further substance use as a means to cope with disrupted social behaviour.

Teenagers who are not connected to positive and protective adults are vulnerable to using substances as a mechanism for inclusion and belonging in their peer group.

Back To Top