Your adolescent might think drinking coffee like an adult is a cool thing to do. However, caffeine can be damaging to the adolescent mind, body, and spirit. In addition, new research indicates that caffeine intake can be a precursor to addiction. As a result, it is often best to limit your teen’s caffeine intake until their body has finished growing. To learn about the dangers of caffeine and how it could lead your son towards addiction, please contact Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center today at 662.373.2828.
Caffeine’s Effect on the Adolescent Body
Caffeinated drinks have been causing heart problems along with other physical ailments in adolescents for some time. Popular energy drinks which contain high amounts of different kinds of caffeine have caused heart failure and other heart problems in adolescents. High doses of caffeine can also cause problems in the kidneys and other vital organs. Additionally, caffeine consumption can cause dehydration which weakens the body.
Caffeine’s Effect on the Adolescent Mind
Caffeine is a stimulant substance much like cocaine and other amphetamines. The adolescent brain is still developing in key areas most significantly affected by substance use. Caffeine in regular doses and caffeine in high doses can compromise the brain’s development and cause other issues. According to the NIDA, “Caffeine consumption is also known to be correlated with increased risk for illicit drug use and substance use disorders…since caffeine affects brain areas and circuits where cocaine acts, this study explored whether caffeine use by adolescents can impact the brain’s sensitivity to cocaine in adulthood.”
The article cites a recent study as it explains that the use of caffeine in adolescent rats did result in a higher tendency toward cocaine as adults. The use of caffeine, a stimulant, altered the dopamine reward neural pathways the same way that other addictive substances do. Programming the brain for stimulated reward by outside substances, the use of caffeine in adolescence can cause an array of compulsive behavioral problems.
Caffeine’s Effect on the Adolescent Spirit
Caffeine causes ups and downs in one’s energy. Adults who regularly drink coffee know that there is always a lull or a slump after the initial “high” caffeine produces. For adults, this can result in emotional responses. For adolescents, these emotional responses can be exceptionally extreme. Adolescents are still in the learning stages when it comes to their emotions and how to cope with stress. Caffeine can exacerbate these difficulties. Additionally, it could create more of a disadvantage should another chemical addiction like cocaine come into the picture.
Spiritually, blocked emotions and emotional regulation can turn to anger, bitterness, and resentment. Stimulant amphetamine substances are known to cause this problem. Adolescents turn their anger toward parents, peers, school systems, and most problematically, toward themselves or toward their conception of a higher power. Becoming physically weak, mentally weak, and spiritually weak, adolescents are at high risk for other issues, such as addiction.
Contact Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center Today
If your teen has begun using substances to illicit a similar high to the one caffeine provides, the treatment team at Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center can help. Our team offers a range of substance use treatment programs that we can tailor to your teen’s unique needs, giving them the highest chance of recovery. We can also help your teen overcome his need for caffeine. Our treatment programs include:
- Alcohol use treatment program
- Heroin use treatment program
- Cocaine use treatment program
- Opioid use treatment program
- Benzo use treatment program
Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center offers the premier residential treatment program for teen boys battling substance use. Hidden within Mississippi’s open spaces, our home welcomes each client as part of a loving family dedicated to their clinical and spiritual healing. Building foundation and cleansing life, our programs restore values, support academic progress, and create hope for the future. Call us today for more information at 662.373.2828.