Drugs and Alcohol

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Drug and alcohol use is dangerous for youth and adults with FASD because they become addicted quickly.  For this reason, it is best if they completely avoid using alcohol and illegal drugs. Because alcohol use is widely accepted in our culture and drugs are readily available it is difficult to avoid them. People with FASD may have friends and family members that drink alcohol on a regular basis. Because those with FASD are easily influenced they will want to join in. This is a big problem because of the differences in how their brains work.

Addictions are resistant to change and treatment, especially because traditional treatment approaches don’t work well for people with FASD. Remember too that they are at greater risk when under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Drug and alcohol misuse can lead to criminal behaviors, victimization, poverty, disrupted relationships and homelessness.

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Help a Teen or Adult Avoid Drug and Alcohol Use and Abuse
Disabilities and Alcohol Use Disorders. See the headings on "Alcohol and Intellectual Disabilities" and "Traumatic Brain Injury" in this page.
SSDI and SSI Disability Benefits for Drug Addiction Although this page is used for advertising a specific company, it presents facts that might be useful.