Drug and Alcohol Use–Talking to Your Teens

Albert Fontenot Addiction, Parenting, Teen Drinking, Teen Substance Abuse, Uncategorized Comments

  It is our responsibility as parents to overcome our fears and talk to our children about what may literally be a matter of life and death for them – drug and alcohol use. Every child is at risk for experimentation, abuse, addiction, and all of the horrific consequences that can ensue. For many parents, talking to their children about …

Family Income Affects Teenage Drinking

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Can how much YOU make influence how much teenage drinking goes on in your family? Surprisingly, a new study suggests that the answer is “YES” In 2015, England’s Health and Social Care Information Centre conducted research with surprising results: 70% of teenagers from backgrounds that are considered to be the “least-deprived” have tried alcohol. Only about half of the youth …

The Impact of First-Time Marijuana Use

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Perhaps reflecting society’s changing attitudes, teen marijuana use is on the rise. Approximately 6% of American 12th-graders admit to smoking marijuana daily –THREE TIMES the rate over the last decade. 6 out of 10 high school seniors believe the drug to be safe. Available research shows they are wrong. Arizona State University Professor Madeline Meier, who led a Duke University …

Peer Pressure, Drugs, and Your Teenager

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 “If your friends say, “Let’s go out and get drunk,” you don’t say, “Oh my gosh, well, DARE teaches me not to.” You don’t stop and think about it. You just go and do what your friends do. Does DARE help you deal with peer pressure? No! You’re just going to follow your friends.” ~Editors James D. Orcutt and David …

Teen Drug Testing – Is It Right for Your Family?

Albert Fontenot Addiction, Alcoholism, Heroin, Marijuana, Parenting, Prescription Drugs, Teen Drinking, Teen Substance Abuse Comments

Are there advantages to teen drug testing? We all want to trust our children and the that they are acting in a safe and responsible manner. Unfortunately, we live in a world where adolescent and teenage substance abuse is a terrifying reality: Roughly 1 out of every 10 10th-graders has used an illicit drug other than marijuana within the past …

10 Tips for Staying Sober in Social Situations

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How can you stay sober AND have fun with your friends? There is ALWAYS something going on somewhere in Orange County, even during the fall – bonfires, parties, or just hanging out at the beach. But how do you navigate potentially-risky situations where there is likely to be recreational drug use or drinking? Handling social situations is one of the …

Addiction: A Modern Definition

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Not too long ago, addiction to drugs or alcohol was considered a character defect – a moral or spiritual weakness. People who abused either were told that they could quit if they just had enough willpower. And when they couldn’t end their addiction on their own, they and their families continued to be locked in a desperate and downward spiral. …

Heroin Abuse Increasing Among High School and College Students

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Paul Dufour Last month I ventured into the non-clinical realm and discussed sports psychology and the, if you will, lighter side of the profession. This month I am plunging into the depths of what appears to have been, or may still be, an epidemic of heroin and opiate abuse among high school and college students. In my clinical practice in …

Schizophrenia Risk Rises in Teens Who Smoke Marijuana

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Smoking marijuana may put some teenagers at increased risk of developing schizophrenia, according to a new study published in Human Molecular Genetics. Significantly, the 2016 Monitoring the Future Study reported that nearly half of American 12th-graders have tried the drug at least once. Researchers at Tel Aviv University conducted experiments on four separate groups of mice. Those mice who were …

Top 10 Mistakes Parents Make About Teenage Substance Abuse

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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 …