Teen Alcoholism – Just like Any Other Addiction

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“The problem isn’t just too much to drink; it is the fact that alcohol addiction happens before our very eyes, even under the conditions of success. And we don’t recognize it. That’s what is scary. Our son was killing himself in our presence, over several years’ time, and we didn’t see it.” ~Chris and Toren Volkmann, From Binge to Blackout: …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Teenage Substance Abuse by the Numbers

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“Adolescent patterns of substance abuse are very different from drug use patterns in adults. The uniqueness of adolescent drug abuse means that drug-dependent teenagers usually are not successfully treated with adult-directed therapy.” ~Dr. Ken Winters, Adolescent Substance Abuse: New Frontiers in Assessment Today’s teenagers face drug and alcohol dangers that did not exist in generations past – synthetic drugs, powerful …

“My Teen is Addicted”— 7 Books That Can Help

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“One of the most important things you can do to help your teen is to educate yourself about alcohol and other drug abuse and dependence and what treatment for abuse and dependence is.” ~the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids When you are the parent of a are the parent of a teenager with a substance abuse disorder, it’s easy to feel …

Risk and Protective Factors for Teenage Substance Abuse

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“For young children already exhibiting serious risk factors, delaying intervention until adolescence will likely make it more difficult to overcome risks. By adolescence, children’s attitudes and behaviors are well-established and not easily changed.” ~ The National Institute on Drug Abuse, Preventing Drug Use among Children and Adolescents: A Research-Based Guide for Parents, Educators, and Community Leaders When considering which teenagers …