2019 National Mental Health Month: Dual Diagnosis and Your Teen

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Since 1949, every May has been set aside as National Mental Health Awareness Month. This is the world’s most-visible awareness campaign focusing specifically on mental health issues. In 2018 alone, 30 million people were exposed to vital information about the resources available to help them attain good emotional balance. Public awareness is very important, because according to the  National Survey …

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 …

Parents and Teens: Observing Dry January Together

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Every New Year millions of people work on improving themselves – losing weight, saving more money, exercising, etc. But for those people who are struggling with a drinking problem, there is another annual tradition worth observing, and it could be life-changing –“Dry January”. That is especially true for underage drinkers. 90% of the alcohol consumed by people not of legal …

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 …