Heroin Abuse Increasing Among High School and College Students

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Paul Dufour Last month I ventured into the non-clinical realm and discussed sports psychology and the, if you will, lighter side of the profession. This month I am plunging into the depths of what appears to have been, or may still be, an epidemic of heroin and opiate abuse among high school and college students. In my clinical practice in …

Schizophrenia Risk Rises in Teens Who Smoke Marijuana

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Smoking marijuana may put some teenagers at increased risk of developing schizophrenia, according to a new study published in Human Molecular Genetics. Significantly, the 2016 Monitoring the Future Study reported that nearly half of American 12th-graders have tried the drug at least once. Researchers at Tel Aviv University conducted experiments on four separate groups of mice. Those mice who were …

Prescription Drug Abuse Among Teens

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According to the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, prescription drug abuse by American teenagers is a major problem. A solid 24% of teens – more than 1 in 4 – abuse prescription drugs at some point in their lifetime. And it’s getting worse, because that is a 33% increase from 2008. Take a look at these other telling statistics: 20% of teens …

The Twelve Steps of Recovery and You, Part 2

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For a person at any stage of recovery, the Twelve Steps serve as a roadmap. For one thing, they help you find your way from where you are – addiction – to where you want to be – sobriety. Also, the Steps highlight important stops along your journey. Twelve Steps: The Third Step “Made a decision to turn our will …

The Twelve Steps of Recovery and You, Part 1

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All over the world, people in recovery follow some version of the Twelve Steps. But what does that mean? For over 80 years, generations of substance abusers have been helped by Alcoholics Anonymous. AA is support and fellowship group made up of alcoholics helping other alcoholics. In addition, Narcotics Anonymous was founded in 1953. Although a separate entity, NA’s philosophy …

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 …

FDA – Don’t Give Codeine or Tramadol to Kids

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Codeine and Tramadol, two popular opioid medications, have now been identified as potentially life-threatening to children. On April 20, the FDA issued its strongest warning and requires manufactures to immediately change labels to warn parents of the possible danger. What Makes Codeine and Tramadol So Dangerous? All opioids suppress breathing to some degree. Some children have an ultrafast metabolism, and …

Vaporizers Hiding Teenage Marijuana Use

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Are vaporizers putting your teenager at risk for marijuana abuse? According to a recent study published in the May 2015 edition of Pediatrics, the increased use of electronic vaporizers by American teenagers is allowing them to better disguise their use of marijuana. Because the vapor emitted by the devices is so different, there is no marijuana smell to alert parents. …

The Effect of Ketamine on the Teenage Brain and Body

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“Our biggest concern is the use of ketamine among adolescents, whose brains are still developing. The toxin may inflict more damage to the brain, and without early intervention, we are afraid it may result in permanent brain damage.” ~Dr. Mohammad Hussain Habil, Director of the University Malaya Centre for Addiction Science Research Ketamine is listed by the World Health Organization …

Xanax Candies – the Newest Teenage Drug Trend?

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Xanax candy? They are called Xanie Tarts, and they represent a deceptive and dangerous new drug trend among American teenagers. Parents across the country are warned to be on the lookout for drug-laced candies that appear to be the popular “Sweet Tart” candies. In reality, these innocuous treats have been laced with Xanax, a benzodiazepine-class prescription medication. Xanax is typically …