Addiction: A Modern Definition

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Not too long ago, addiction to drugs or alcohol was considered a character defect – a moral or spiritual weakness. People who abused either were told that they could quit if they just had enough willpower. And when they couldn’t end their addiction on their own, they and their families continued to be locked in a desperate and downward spiral. …

Heroin Abuse Increasing Among High School and College Students

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Paul Dufour Last month I ventured into the non-clinical realm and discussed sports psychology and the, if you will, lighter side of the profession. This month I am plunging into the depths of what appears to have been, or may still be, an epidemic of heroin and opiate abuse among high school and college students. In my clinical practice in …

Schizophrenia Risk Rises in Teens Who Smoke Marijuana

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Smoking marijuana may put some teenagers at increased risk of developing schizophrenia, according to a new study published in Human Molecular Genetics. Significantly, the 2016 Monitoring the Future Study reported that nearly half of American 12th-graders have tried the drug at least once. Researchers at Tel Aviv University conducted experiments on four separate groups of mice. Those mice who were …

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 …

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 …

Intervention: 4 Reasons to Use a Professional

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Does your family need an intervention? When your teenager is of using alcohol or drugs, you need not go through it alone. Because addiction-fueled dysfunctional isolates you, you may not recognize your available resources: Other family members and close friends School officials (teachers, coaches, counselors) Family physician Substance abuse professionals Teen substance abuse should ALWAYS be addressed by trained and …

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 …

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 …

Teenage Suicide, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse

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Substance abuse and mental illness are closely connected. Each causes, is caused by, worsens, and is worsened by the other. One of the most serious dangers associated with addictive disorders is an greater risk of suicide. Among teenagers and young adults, ages 15 through 24, suicides are the 3rd-leading cause of death. Alarming Statistics about Suicide in America The Substance …