Risk and Protective Factors for Teenage Substance Abuse

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“For young children already exhibiting serious risk factors, delaying intervention until adolescence will likely make it more difficult to overcome risks. By adolescence, children’s attitudes and behaviors are well-established and not easily changed.” ~ The National Institute on Drug Abuse, Preventing Drug Use among Children and Adolescents: A Research-Based Guide for Parents, Educators, and Community Leaders When considering which teenagers …

It’s Complicated – Trauma and Substance Abuse

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“While psychological trauma is characterized by disruptions in a person’s sense of control, addiction can also be viewed as a disorder of control, or more accurately, an inability to control. The loss of control is insidious, often unrecognized by the addict until, in Alcoholics Anonymous terms, life becomes unmanageable.” ~Psychological Trauma and Addiction Treatment, edited by Dr. Bruce Carruth, PhD, …

What Can We Learn from Iceland’s Solution to Teen Addiction?

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“Any college kid could say: why do they start? Well, there’s availability, they’re risk-takers, alienation, maybe some depression.  But why do they continue? So, I got to the question about the threshold for abuse and the lights went on – that’s when I had my version of the ‘aha’ experience: they could be on the threshold for abuse before they …