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 …

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 …

Teen Alcoholism – Just like Any Other Addiction

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“The problem isn’t just too much to drink; it is the fact that alcohol addiction happens before our very eyes, even under the conditions of success. And we don’t recognize it. That’s what is scary. Our son was killing himself in our presence, over several years’ time, and we didn’t see it.” ~Chris and Toren Volkmann, From Binge to Blackout: …

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 …

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 …

Peer Pressure, Drugs, and Your Teenager

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 “If your friends say, “Let’s go out and get drunk,” you don’t say, “Oh my gosh, well, DARE teaches me not to.” You don’t stop and think about it. You just go and do what your friends do. Does DARE help you deal with peer pressure? No! You’re just going to follow your friends.” ~Editors James D. Orcutt and David …