Getting that Perfect Score at a Price: Study Drugs

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High school is stressful. Your teen juggles assignments, homework, quizzes, exams, extracurricular activities, family, and a social life. All of that can take a toll on a teenage brain. When someone offers a way to overcome it all–study drugs–it can be hard for a stressed out teen to say no. Recent studies have revealed that many teens are using “study drugs” to help them deal with all the commanding aspects of academic life. 

What are study drugs?

Study drugs are easily accessible meds that are commonly prescribed to teens for issues such as ADHD. This is why it isn’t difficult for many teenagers to get their hands on them–their friends have a prescription. Common types of “study drugs” are:

  1. Amphetamines: Adderall, Dexedrine, Vyvanse
  2. Methylphenidates: Ritalin, Concerta

What are the effects?

When students use these drugs, it’s usually in order to not just pull an all-nighter to study or finish homework, but to be alert during it. When teens begin to use these drugs without a prescription, the possibility to misusing them is high. Many teens aren’t aware of the possible effects of using these drugs. Some side effects of using these types of drugs can include: 

  • Aggression
  • Insomnia 
  • Tremors
  • Mood swings
  • Addiction

Alternatives to study drugs

As this has become a growing issue, many alternatives to “study drugs” have been suggested. Doctors offer the use of exercise, meditation, healthy eating, and regular sleep schedules as a working alternative to study drugs. All of these come without the possibility of misuse, addiction, and bad side effects.

Trails Carolina can help

Trails Carolina is a wilderness therapy program for struggling teens, ages 10-17. Our students commonly grapple with issues such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and much more. We strive to help our students lead themselves back to a healthy future.
For more information about Trails Carolina, please contact us at 800-975-7303!

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