Here are some helpful places to go for more information:
The NIDA Web site www.drugabuse.gov has information on a variety of drugs and related topics. NIDA's teen site www.teens.drugabuse.gov covers a lot of ground, with free downloads, entertaining and informative videos and games, and our Sara Bellum blog for teens, where you can even leave us a comment or two. Get the scoop on how different drugs affect the brain and body, and read real stories from teens who have struggled with drug abuse and addiction.
To learn more about mental health disorders like depression or schizophrenia, visit the National Institute of Mental Health at www.nimh.nih.gov and read the Director's Blog on various topics that include suicide prevention, bipolar and borderline personality disorders, coping with traumatic events, and more.
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Web site www.niaaa.nih.gov contains the latest research, news, and other resources related to alcohol. They even have a site especially for young teens called "the cool spot" http://www.thecoolspot.gov/, with quizzes and other interactive screens that give you information on alcohol and resisting peer pressure.
As a result of scientific research, we know that addiction is a disease that affects both brain and behavior.