Interview to Gabriela Castro

By: Diana Velázquez

All people may be vulnerable to initiate drug use, however in the teenage stage young people may be at greater risk since in this stage sometimes they feel indestructible, that nothing can happen to them, in addition they usually think of today and not so much of tomorrow, so they do not dimension that the consumption of a drug will affect them in their future, and many times they seek to satisfy a necessity of the moment or to find solution to a problematic through a false exit and thus initiate in the consumption.

Some other reasons why they can start to consume are for example curiosity, feeling good, to lower stress levels, to feel part of a group or to be socially accepted, to feel like adults, because there is a person in the family with substance abuse problem, family problems, among other things.

The drugs can affect the teenagers in diferrent aspects:

  • Physically:

It depends on the type of drug but can cause damage, for example in the respiratory system, cardiovascular damage, brain damage, as well as tooth damage, loss of smell, sinusitis, perforation of the nasal septum, renal, hepatic, etc.

  •  Psychologically:

Problems of memory, concentration, learning, anxiety, depression, even episodes of schizophrenia or psychotic breaks.

  •  Socially:

Isolation, discrimination.

You can identify if a person have an adictions when a person can’t stop consuming some substance, he can’t master his will, which even though he knows that it hurts him he can’t stop consuming it.

There is no exact time, because each organism is different and each drug works also and it is different, rather it is necessary to observe the behavior of the patient and if there is anxiety in him to be able to obtain and consume the drug.

There is a fifferent ways to cure for adictions like:

There are different types of therapies that can help a person, such as rehabilitation centers, support groups, family and personal therapy, Cognitive-behavioral therapy.

You can deal with a person involved in drugs, It is best to ask for help for the person and take him to a specialized center for professionals to provide care and the family also provide support and psych education so that they understand what happens to the patient and know how they can help.

Apa references:

G. Castro, personal communication, November 15,2016.


Illegal drugs. (n.d.). Retrieved November 17, 2016, from


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