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 …

Teen Substance Abuse 2018, Part 1

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Right now, teen substance abuse is a bigger concern than ever. Moving into 2018, teenagers are faced with a variety of challenges that simply didn’t exist for previous generations. For concerned parents, keeping a watchful eye is no longer enough.  Today, to keep your adolescent and teenage children safe, you now must also educate yourself about serious drug threats that …

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 …

Answering Your Questions about Addiction and Recovery

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reports that there are almost 24 MILLION Americans struggling with an addiction to alcohol and/or drugs. That equates to approximately 1 out of 10 people age 12 and up. Put another way, EVERYBODY knows SOMEBODY with an addictive disorder – alcoholism, illegal drug abuse, or the misuse of prescription medications. This is …

Teen Substance Abuse in South Orange County

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“We tend to see higher rates of substance abuse in South Orange County and along the beach communities. Sometimes, the kids will have more resources, so it’s easier for them to get drugs and alcohol.” ~Amy Buch, division manager of health promotion for Orange County’s Health Care Agency Typically, poverty is cited as a risk factor for teenage substance abuse. …

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 …

Top 10 Mistakes Parents Make About Teenage Substance Abuse

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Today’s teens face drug hazards that did not exist in the past. Teenage substance abuse has always been a concern for parents, but present dangers include: The ongoing “opioid epidemic” The over-prescription of benzodiazepines The resurgence of heroin Legalized marijuana Stronger marijuana strains Concentrated marijuana oil and wax Synthetic marijuana Designer drugs Easy availability via the Internet It’s no surprise …

Alcohol Detox for Teens: What You Need to Know

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When a teenager enters into treatment for alcohol abuse, it sometimes surprises their parents that the first stop on their sober journey is a medically-supervised alcohol detox. This frustrates some families. Because alcohol has made their life unmanageable, they want treatment to start right away. However, alcohol detox is critical to safe recovery. Why Is an Alcohol Detox Necessary? It …

Teen Drug Slang 101 – Prescription Opioids

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“Opioids are ubiquitous now. Enough opioids are prescribed every year to put a bottle of painkillers in every household. They’re everywhere, and kids are getting into them.” ~Dr. Julie R Gaither, PhD, MPH, RN, Postdoctoral Fellow in Biostatistics at the Yale school of medicine In 2015, over 55,000 Americans died because of fatal drug overdoses. The American Society of Addiction …

Addiction Starts Early

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“… teenagers often experience a far more rapid progression from experimentation to addiction than is true for adults. Denial manifests differently, too, in that young people are more likely to glorify their use, while adults are more likely to minimize theirs.” ~John Daily, LCSW, CADC II, Adolescent and Young Adult Addiction: The Pathological Relationship to Intoxication and The Interpersonal Neurobiology …