Teenage Substance Abuse by the Numbers

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“Adolescent patterns of substance abuse are very different from drug use patterns in adults. The uniqueness of adolescent drug abuse means that drug-dependent teenagers usually are not successfully treated with adult-directed therapy.” ~Dr. Ken Winters, Adolescent Substance Abuse: New Frontiers in Assessment Today’s teenagers face drug and alcohol dangers that did not exist in generations past – synthetic drugs, powerful …

Teenagers and Weed – Why it IS a Big Deal

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“We found that people who began using weed in their teenage years and then continued to use marijuana for many years lost about eight IQ points from childhood to adulthood, whereas those who never used marijuana did not lose any IQ points.” ~Dr. Madeline Meier, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Arizona State University For better or worse, the marijuana laws are …

“My Teen is Addicted”— 7 Books That Can Help

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“One of the most important things you can do to help your teen is to educate yourself about alcohol and other drug abuse and dependence and what treatment for abuse and dependence is.” ~the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids When you are the parent of a are the parent of a teenager with a substance abuse disorder, it’s easy to feel …

Risk and Protective Factors for Teenage Substance Abuse

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“For young children already exhibiting serious risk factors, delaying intervention until adolescence will likely make it more difficult to overcome risks. By adolescence, children’s attitudes and behaviors are well-established and not easily changed.” ~ The National Institute on Drug Abuse, Preventing Drug Use among Children and Adolescents: A Research-Based Guide for Parents, Educators, and Community Leaders When considering which teenagers …

April Is National Alcohol Awareness Month

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Alcohol and drug use is a very risky business for young people, and parents can make a difference. The longer children delay drinking and drug use, the less likely they are to develop any problems associated with it. That’s why it is so important to help your child connect the dots and make smart decisions about alcohol and drugs.” ~Andrew …

What You Need to Know about Underage Drinking

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“Many kids these days talk casually about drinking or getting wasted, or binge drinking and blacking out. It’s like mentioning going to a latte stand, as commonplace as snacking on popcorn at a movie. Binge drinking is not only a social custom among youth, it is an epidemic.” ~Chris and Toren Volkmann, From Binge to Blackout: A Mother and Son …

It’s Complicated – Trauma and Substance Abuse

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“While psychological trauma is characterized by disruptions in a person’s sense of control, addiction can also be viewed as a disorder of control, or more accurately, an inability to control. The loss of control is insidious, often unrecognized by the addict until, in Alcoholics Anonymous terms, life becomes unmanageable.” ~Psychological Trauma and Addiction Treatment, edited by Dr. Bruce Carruth, PhD, …

What Can We Learn from Iceland’s Solution to Teen Addiction?

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“Any college kid could say: why do they start? Well, there’s availability, they’re risk-takers, alienation, maybe some depression.  But why do they continue? So, I got to the question about the threshold for abuse and the lights went on – that’s when I had my version of the ‘aha’ experience: they could be on the threshold for abuse before they …