Top 10 Mistakes Parents Make About Teenage Substance Abuse

Albert Fontenot Alcoholism, Marijuana, Parenting, Prescription Drugs, Underage Drinking Comments

Today’s teens face drug hazards that did not exist in the past. Teenage substance abuse has always been a concern for parents, but present dangers include: The ongoing “opioid epidemic” The over-prescription of benzodiazepines The resurgence of heroin Legalized marijuana Stronger marijuana strains Concentrated marijuana oil and wax Synthetic marijuana Designer drugs Easy availability via the Internet It’s no surprise …

Prescription Drug Abuse Among Teens

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According to the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, prescription drug abuse by American teenagers is a major problem. A solid 24% of teens – more than 1 in 4 – abuse prescription drugs at some point in their lifetime. And it’s getting worse, because that is a 33% increase from 2008. Take a look at these other telling statistics: 20% of teens …

The Twelve Steps of Recovery and You, Part 2

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For a person at any stage of recovery, the Twelve Steps serve as a roadmap. For one thing, they help you find your way from where you are – addiction – to where you want to be – sobriety. Also, the Steps highlight important stops along your journey. Twelve Steps: The Third Step “Made a decision to turn our will …

The Twelve Steps of Recovery and You, Part 1

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All over the world, people in recovery follow some version of the Twelve Steps. But what does that mean? For over 80 years, generations of substance abusers have been helped by Alcoholics Anonymous. AA is support and fellowship group made up of alcoholics helping other alcoholics. In addition, Narcotics Anonymous was founded in 1953. Although a separate entity, NA’s philosophy …

Teen Drug Slang 101 — Prescription Stimulants

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 “Now, if cocaine or heroin use was going up the way prescription drug use is, parents would certainly be freaking out. And they should be now, because prescription stimulants abuse is no better.” ~Steve Pasierb, President and CEO of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids According to the Center on Young Adult Health and Development, two out of every three college students …

Intervention: 4 Reasons to Use a Professional

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Does your family need an intervention? When your teenager is of using alcohol or drugs, you need not go through it alone. Because addiction-fueled dysfunctional isolates you, you may not recognize your available resources: Other family members and close friends School officials (teachers, coaches, counselors) Family physician Substance abuse professionals Teen substance abuse should ALWAYS be addressed by trained and …

Dual Diagnosis —Statistics about Teen Addiction and Mental Disorders

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Substance abuse is now classified as a mental disorder, and it often co-occurs with some other type of mental illness in what is known as a dual diagnosis. Scientists have discovered that those people who are genetically or environmentally susceptible to one kind of disorder are at increased vulnerability to the other. This includes your teenager. Per numerous sources, including …

Alcohol Detox for Teens: What You Need to Know

Albert Fontenot Alcoholism, Parenting, Teen Drinking, Underage Drinking Comments

When a teenager enters into treatment for alcohol abuse, it sometimes surprises their parents that the first stop on their sober journey is a medically-supervised alcohol detox. This frustrates some families. Because alcohol has made their life unmanageable, they want treatment to start right away. However, alcohol detox is critical to safe recovery. Why Is an Alcohol Detox Necessary? It …