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 …

Codependency—The Love That Hurts Your Addicted Teen

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When you are the parent of a teenager with a substance abuse disorder, THEIR disease can make YOU just as mentally sick? This is known as codependency. Teen addiction is a paradox. On one hand, the disease rapidly separates a young person from the good things in their lives—family, friends, school, sports, hobbies, and other healthy interests. And the resultant …