I know an older teen who is addicted to caffeine and feels she needs it everyday in order to stay mentally alert. It began with a cup of coffee she drank one morning in hopes of helping her feel awake before going to school. She liked the way it made her feel and so she started drinking more coffee, drinking highly caffeinated sodas, and worst of all, taking over the counter “awake” pills. Bad News!
A lot of people do not realize that caffeine is a drug and one that a person can easily become addicted to. Most of us are daily coffee and soda drinkers which make us a drug user. Maybe not an abuser, but indeed a drug user! I drink one cup a coffee every morning and I have to have it in order to start my day right!
Let’s get back to my teen friend who is now severely addicted to caffeine. One day I asked my teen friend to slow down when speaking because I could not keep up with her conversation. I also noticed she acted very nervous and jittery. Once I confronted her about her actions, she told me she was dependent on caffeine pills sold over the counter at a local gas station. She said she liked how they always put her in a good mood and made her feel mentally alert at school. She was not sleeping at night because of the caffeine in her system and she would get up the next day to start the whole cyle over again.
Thank Goodness her parents found her some help. Caffeine is a drug and its one that we may not pay much attention to but just be aware.