Transgender Teens and Substance Abuse

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“Transgender students face discrimination and prejudice, with 1 in 9 pupils receiving death threats. Coping mechanisms when living in a hostile environment will be many and varied, and unfortunately, the use of drugs and alcohol is a route that many young people turn to in times of stress.” ~ Susie Green, CEO of Mermaids, a UK charity supporting gender-diverse youth …

For the Parents: Don’t Let Your Kids Sip Alcohol

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“I would say that it is advisable not to offer your child a sip of your beverage, as it may send the wrong message — younger teens and tweens may be unable to understand the difference between drinking a sip and drinking one or more drinks.” ~ Dr. Kristina Jackson, PhD, Brown University’s Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies For …

Teen Substance Abuse 2018, Part 2

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This is the second of a 3-part series about teenage substance abuse trends for 2018, as released by the Monitoring the Future project. Is Teen Substance Abuse REALLY That Big of a Deal? It would be an easy mistake to minimalize some of the MTF’s findings. Some parents may even think, “Why is it such a big deal – isn’t …

Codependency—The Love That Hurts Your Addicted Teen

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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 …

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 …