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 …

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 …

The Twelve Steps of Recovery and You, Part 3

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For generations of addicts, the Twelve Steps of Recovery are a life-saving “how-to” guide. They guide struggling substance abusers through the process of transforming their lives—from unmanageability and despair to health, hope, and balance. Twelve Steps: The Fifth Step “Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.” Both alcoholism and drug abuse …

The Link between Energy Drinks and Addiction

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Can popular energy drinks be “gateway” drugs that lead to harder, more dangerous substances? Recent research conducted by the University of Maryland says “YES”. A study conducted by the University’s School of Public Health suggests that teenagers and young adults who regularly drink energy-promising beverages such as Monster, Red Bull, and Rockstar are at increased risk of  future drug and …

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 …

Social Media and Teen Substance Abuse

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Can social media harm your teen or adolescent? Smart parents know that if they want to help protect their teenagers from the dangers of alcohol and drugs, they have to stay involved with the “4 W’s” of their children’s lives: WHO will you be with? WHAT will you be doing? WHERE will you be? WHEN will you be home? Social …

Do Sports Increase the Risk of Teen Opioid Abuse?

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Can sports injuries lead to opioid abuse among teenagers? According to the National Federation of State High School Associations, participation in high school athletics is more popular than ever. 2015-2016, nearly 7.9 MILLION students played some type of organized sports – the 27th consecutive year of increased participation. Rightly so, playing a sport in high school is viewed as a …

Amphetamines – the #1 Drug Problem for California Teens

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Does it surprise you to know that amphetamines are the most-abused drug in California? This should be of particular concern to the parents of teenagers, because amphetamine-class drugs include prescription Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) medications, as well as illicit methamphetamine. ADHD and Amphetamines Over 10% of all children between the ages of 5 and 17 are diagnosed as having …