Adolescents are “biologically wired” to seek new experiences and take risks, as well as to carve out their own identity. Trying marijuana and other drugs may serve to satisfy these normal developmental drives…but in an unhealthy way that can have very serious long-term consequences.1 Why Is Pot Particularly Bad for Teens? While the dangers associated … Continue reading Teens Using Marijuana
Parents cope with the stinging pain of divorce in different ways. As adults, we know how life is filled with constant ups and downs and can easily trick ourselves into thinking “it’s not so bad.” When we can no longer ignore the pain, heartache, anger, and frustration, we seek out other ways to steel ourselves … Continue reading The Effect of Divorce on Teen Drug Abuse
Despite the fact that many commonly used drugs are illegal, there’s a greater portion of the population suffering from addiction today than at any other time in our history. In fact, the misuse of mind-altering substances has become so pervasive in the U.S. that it’s even alarmingly common among adolescents and teens. Statistics show that … Continue reading How and Where Are Youths Getting Drugs?
You can stop the effects of drug and alcohol abuse. You can help your teen heal. Addressing substance use now means avoiding its continued effects. Drug and alcohol use puts teens and young adults at risk for more drug and alcohol use. The Foundation for a Drug-Free World explains, “Young people who begin drinking before … Continue reading Drug and Alcohol Abuse Effects
The hallways of most public schools are filled with posters outlining the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. Kids who watch Saturday morning cartoons may see dozens of commercials encouraging them to say no to drugs and alcohol. And most parents talk to their children on an ongoing basis about why experimenting with drugs and … Continue reading Intervention For A Teen Addicted on Drugs
There are tons of books written for alcoholics and addicts as they try to understand their disease and how to beat it. But don’t worry. If you love someone who is addicted to drugs or alcohol, there are plenty of books that are written just for you. Take a look: A Personal View When drug … Continue reading Books That Empower Friends and Family Members of an Addict
Drug and alcohol addiction are linked to many crimes, for many reasons. One of these crimes is prostitution. There are several reasons drug use and prostitution are linked, and several ways in which this relationship is continually changing. Sex Work and Drug Use Not all sex workers use drugs, and not all people who use … Continue reading Is There a Connection between Prostitution and Drug or Alcohol Addiction?
Life can be traumatic at times and many people don’t realize is that there are actually many different kinds of trauma, each requiring different approaches for therapy and healing. It’s very important to deal with trauma appropriately, or people may fall prey to negative coping strategies such as addictive alcohol or drug use, anger, or … Continue reading Recovery Strategies for Different Kinds of Trauma
How many times have you heard similar questions from your son or daughter, even if they don’t exactly articulate it out loud? You’re not alone; prescription pill abuse has become a public health crisis in California, and across the United States. Over 130 Americans die every day of an opioid overdose, and in 2017, there … Continue reading 4 Myths about Prescription Pill Abuse You Need to Know
What are the leading causes of addiction? Could it be hereditary? What about peer pressure, poverty, or toxic stress? All of these can play a role, but there is another factor that is known to have a bigger impact. Physical or sexual violence occurring during childhood, neglect, and veterans who are diagnosed with PTSD are … Continue reading Can Painful Memories of Trauma Lead to Addiction?