Codependency—The Love That Hurts Your Addicted Teen

Albert Fontenot Addiction, Alcoholism, Codependency, Parenting, Parents, Teen Drinking, Teen Substance Abuse Leave a Comment

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 …

Everything You Need to Know about Fentanyl

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Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid medication prescribed to relieve severe short-term pain. Fentanyl does not “block” pain.  Rather, it alters the person’s perception of that pain. Use can also result in a euphoric “high”, making popular as a recreational drug. Fentanyl is   extremely potent – up to 100 times stronger than morphine, and up to 50 times more powerful than …

Synthetic Marijuana Increases the Risk of Further Drug Use

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They are sold online or out in the open, misleadingly labeled as other products – herbal incense, “all-natural” smoking blends, potpourri, etc. – but what they are in reality are synthetic cannabinoids – potent and dangerous designer drugs. The most well-known designer synthetic cannabinoids are “Spice” and “K2”. In 2011, California outlawed the specific individual chemicals used to make these …

Answering Your Questions about Addiction and Recovery

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reports that there are almost 24 MILLION Americans struggling with an addiction to alcohol and/or drugs. That equates to approximately 1 out of 10 people age 12 and up. Put another way, EVERYBODY knows SOMEBODY with an addictive disorder – alcoholism, illegal drug abuse, or the misuse of prescription medications. This is …

Teen Drug Slang 101— Heroin

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“They’re so shocked that it’s a celebrity that has died of a heroin overdose when we lose people every day even in Orange County to the same exact thing. The face of heroin is our children.” ~Natalie Costa, Behind the Orange Curtain Cheap, powerful heroin – most of it flowing in over the Mexican border – is a major cause …

Cocaine Changes the Brain from the FIRST Use

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Cocaine is making a comeback. A recent National Institute on Drug Abuse survey revealed that greater than 1 in 7 Americans over the age of 12 will experiment with cocaine at some point in their lives. That is especially true in Southern California – between 2010 and 2012, cocaine seizures at the US-Mexico border DOUBLED. Why is this significant? This …

Volunteering Reduces Risk of Teen Addiction

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If you want to protect your children from the dangers of drug addiction, get them involved in community volunteering, researchers say. According to the US National Survey on Drug Use and Health, teenagers and young adults have the highest rates of substance abuse and dependence. By the time they reach 12th grade, nearly half of all teenagers have used drugs …

Past Drug Use Predicts Ecstasy Use Among Teens

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The use of Ecstasy by teenagers and adolescents is still notably popular. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s 2016 Monitoring the Future survey, approximately 1 out of 20 high school seniors and 1 out of 35 10th-graders has tried Ecstasy. And that usage then leads to future drug use, because the number of Ecstasy users between the ages …

Stoned Behind the Wheel: Teens Troubling Views on Marijuana and Driving

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“Driving under the influence of marijuana significantly impairs motor coordination, judgment, and reaction time. It’s important for parents and teens alike to understand the importance of not smoking marijuana and driving to help keep everyone safe on the road.” ~Mike Sample, Driving Safety Expert and Technical Consultant, Liberty Mutual Insurance After a new survey conducted jointly by Students against Destructive …

Questions Parents Ask about Teenage Addiction and Recovery

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Learning that your teenager is abusing drugs or alcohol is a stressful and confusing time. Stressful, because of the inherent dangers of teen addiction. And confusing, because you don’t know what you’re supposed to do about it. Teenage addiction is TERRIFYING for parents. To help eliminate some of that confusion, here are some answers to the questions most frequently asked …