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 …

Drug and Alcohol Use–Talking to Your Teens

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  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 …

Teen Drug Testing – Is It Right for Your Family?

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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 …

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 …

Intervention: 4 Reasons to Use a Professional

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Does your family need an intervention? When your teenager is of using alcohol or drugs, you need not go through it alone. Because addiction-fueled dysfunctional isolates you, you may not recognize your available resources: Other family members and close friends School officials (teachers, coaches, counselors) Family physician Substance abuse professionals Teen substance abuse should ALWAYS be addressed by trained and …

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 …