2019 National Mental Health Month: Dual Diagnosis and Your Teen

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Since 1949, every May has been set aside as National Mental Health Awareness Month. This is the world’s most-visible awareness campaign focusing specifically on mental health issues. In 2018 alone, 30 million people were exposed to vital information about the resources available to help them attain good emotional balance. Public awareness is very important, because according to the  National Survey …

Transgender Teens and Substance Abuse

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“Transgender students face discrimination and prejudice, with 1 in 9 pupils receiving death threats. Coping mechanisms when living in a hostile environment will be many and varied, and unfortunately, the use of drugs and alcohol is a route that many young people turn to in times of stress.” ~ Susie Green, CEO of Mermaids, a UK charity supporting gender-diverse youth …

For the Parents: Don’t Let Your Kids Sip Alcohol

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“I would say that it is advisable not to offer your child a sip of your beverage, as it may send the wrong message — younger teens and tweens may be unable to understand the difference between drinking a sip and drinking one or more drinks.” ~ Dr. Kristina Jackson, PhD, Brown University’s Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies For …

Drinking as a Teen Causes Liver Problems as an Adult

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“Our study showed that how much you drink in your late teens can predict the risk of developing cirrhosis later in life.” ~ Dr. Hannes Hagström, MD, PhD, Centre for Digestive Diseases, Karolinska University Hospital Drinking is the #1 cause of cirrhosis of the liver and other liver disease-related deaths. Now, a massive and long-term Swedish study has concluded that …

Teen Substance Abuse 2018, Part 2

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This is the second of a 3-part series about teenage substance abuse trends for 2018, as released by the Monitoring the Future project. Is Teen Substance Abuse REALLY That Big of a Deal? It would be an easy mistake to minimalize some of the MTF’s findings. Some parents may even think, “Why is it such a big deal – isn’t …

Teen Substance Abuse 2018, Part 1

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Right now, teen substance abuse is a bigger concern than ever. Moving into 2018, teenagers are faced with a variety of challenges that simply didn’t exist for previous generations. For concerned parents, keeping a watchful eye is no longer enough.  Today, to keep your adolescent and teenage children safe, you now must also educate yourself about serious drug threats that …

Sober Dorms for College Students in Recovery

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Sober dorms may just be the newest “best” thing going on right now on college campuses Alcohol abuse is a major problem at universities across the country. College is a time when many students regularly use intoxicants – ESPECIALLY alcohol. They do this for a number of reasons: Freedom from parental supervision Separation anxiety Academic struggles Peer pressure Permissive attitudes …

Parents and Teens: Observing Dry January Together

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Every New Year millions of people work on improving themselves – losing weight, saving more money, exercising, etc. But for those people who are struggling with a drinking problem, there is another annual tradition worth observing, and it could be life-changing –“Dry January”. That is especially true for underage drinkers. 90% of the alcohol consumed by people not of legal …

Marijuana and Violence: The Connection You Didn’t Know about

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“People may think of hashish and marijuana as tranquilizers, but according to some studies, cannabis users may be more likely to act violently.” ~Ineborg Rossow, the Norwegian Institute for Alcohol and Drug Research (SIRUS) Mounting research suggests what addiction professionals already know through experience – there is a link between chronic marijuana use, withdrawal, and violent aggression. McLean Hospital’s Biological …

The 12 Steps of Recovery and You, Part 4

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Since 1935, the Twelve Steps of Recovery have guided struggling substance abusers to a new way of life. In this installment, we examine the Sixth Step: Twelve Steps: The Sixth Step “Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.” The Sixth Step is about a willingness to change. By this point in the Steps, we have …