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 …

Dual Diagnosis —Statistics about Teen Addiction and Mental Disorders

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Substance abuse is now classified as a mental disorder, and it often co-occurs with some other type of mental illness in what is known as a dual diagnosis. Scientists have discovered that those people who are genetically or environmentally susceptible to one kind of disorder are at increased vulnerability to the other. This includes your teenager. Per numerous sources, including …

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 …

Dual Diagnosis – Your Questions Answered

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One of the biggest challenges facing teenagers with addictive disorders is when their substance abuse problems cooccur with another psychiatric or emotional condition – a dual diagnosis. When a teenager is struggling with both illnesses, it can complicate successful recovery from either. What Is a Dual Diagnosis? A dual diagnosis is when an addictive disorder such as: Alcoholism Prescription medication …

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 …

April 29 — Prescription Drug TAKE BACK DAY in Orange County

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“Nearly half of all overdose deaths were due to accidental overdose of prescription drugs. This highlights the importance of focusing prevention efforts to address the rising opioid consumption among residents.” ~Orange County Health Care Agency, Drug & Alcohol Morbidity & Mortality in Orange County Get ready to “spring-clean” your medicine cabinets – April 29, 2017 10 AM to 2 PM …

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 …