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 …

The Twelve Steps of Recovery and You, Part 2

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For a person at any stage of recovery, the Twelve Steps serve as a roadmap. For one thing, they help you find your way from where you are – addiction – to where you want to be – sobriety. Also, the Steps highlight important stops along your journey. Twelve Steps: The Third Step “Made a decision to turn our will …

The Twelve Steps of Recovery and You, Part 1

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All over the world, people in recovery follow some version of the Twelve Steps. But what does that mean? For over 80 years, generations of substance abusers have been helped by Alcoholics Anonymous. AA is support and fellowship group made up of alcoholics helping other alcoholics. In addition, Narcotics Anonymous was founded in 1953. Although a separate entity, NA’s philosophy …

Alcohol Detox for Teens: What You Need to Know

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When a teenager enters into treatment for alcohol abuse, it sometimes surprises their parents that the first stop on their sober journey is a medically-supervised alcohol detox. This frustrates some families. Because alcohol has made their life unmanageable, they want treatment to start right away. However, alcohol detox is critical to safe recovery. Why Is an Alcohol Detox Necessary? It …

Addiction Starts Early

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“… teenagers often experience a far more rapid progression from experimentation to addiction than is true for adults. Denial manifests differently, too, in that young people are more likely to glorify their use, while adults are more likely to minimize theirs.” ~John Daily, LCSW, CADC II, Adolescent and Young Adult Addiction: The Pathological Relationship to Intoxication and The Interpersonal Neurobiology …

“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, …