The Link between Energy Drinks and Addiction

Albert Fontenot Alcoholism, Parenting, Teen Substance Abuse, Uncategorized Leave a Comment

Can popular energy drinks be “gateway” drugs that lead to harder, more dangerous substances? Recent research conducted by the University of Maryland says “YES”. A study conducted by the University’s School of Public Health suggests that teenagers and young adults who regularly drink energy-promising beverages such as Monster, Red Bull, and Rockstar are at increased risk of  future drug and …

October 28 Is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day in Southern California

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“A lot of these drugs are not obtained by the end-user through prescription, but someone is obtaining a prescription for way more than they need and maybe doing so on a regular basis and selling the drug and that’s where we see a lot of addiction start.” ~ Long Beach Councilwoman Suzie Price This October 28, from 10 AM until …

Depression and Teen Substance Abuse

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“These afflicted teens are being driven by something that makes them act in ways that hurt themselves and those around them. That “something is what we call “ depression…” ~ Gary E. Nelson, A Relentless Hope: Surviving the Storm of Teen Depression What is the relationship between depression and substance abuse among teenagers? As it turns out, the relationship may …

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 …

The Impact of First-Time Marijuana Use

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Perhaps reflecting society’s changing attitudes, teen marijuana use is on the rise. Approximately 6% of American 12th-graders admit to smoking marijuana daily –THREE TIMES the rate over the last decade. 6 out of 10 high school seniors believe the drug to be safe. Available research shows they are wrong. Arizona State University Professor Madeline Meier, who led a Duke University …

10 Tips for Staying Sober in Social Situations

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How can you stay sober AND have fun with your friends? There is ALWAYS something going on somewhere in Orange County, even during the fall – bonfires, parties, or just hanging out at the beach. But how do you navigate potentially-risky situations where there is likely to be recreational drug use or drinking? Handling social situations is one of the …