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 …

Dopamine and the Teenage Brain

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“… it shouldn’t surprise us that behaviors such as eating or sexual behavior are linked with increases in dopamine and in the same areas that drugs do it.” ~Dr. Nora Volkow, M.D., Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse Whenever you read about the biological processes that drive addiction, you come across phrases about the “rush”, “flood”, or “surge” …

Questions Parents Ask about Teenage Addiction and Recovery

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Learning that your teenager is abusing drugs or alcohol is a stressful and confusing time. Stressful, because of the inherent dangers of teen addiction. And confusing, because you don’t know what you’re supposed to do about it. Teenage addiction is TERRIFYING for parents. To help eliminate some of that confusion, here are some answers to the questions most frequently asked …

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. …

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 …

Teen Drug Slang 101 — Prescription Stimulants

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 “Now, if cocaine or heroin use was going up the way prescription drug use is, parents would certainly be freaking out. And they should be now, because prescription stimulants abuse is no better.” ~Steve Pasierb, President and CEO of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids According to the Center on Young Adult Health and Development, two out of every three college students …

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 …