The Link between Energy Drinks and Addiction

Albert Fontenot Alcoholism, Parenting, Teen Substance Abuse, Uncategorized Comments

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

Albert Fontenot Prescription Drugs, Teen Substance Abuse, Uncategorized Comments

“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

Albert Fontenot Teen Substance Abuse, Uncategorized Comments

“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

Albert Fontenot Addiction, Parenting, Teen Drinking, Teen Substance Abuse, Uncategorized Comments

  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

Albert Fontenot Addiction, Marijuana, Teen Substance Abuse, Uncategorized Comments

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

Albert Fontenot Addiction, Alcoholism, Teen Drinking, Teen Substance Abuse, Uncategorized Comments

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 …