Are Adolescents Really Abusing Drugs and Alcohol?

Walk into a room of a twelve step program meeting like Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous and you will likely hear at least one person recount how they started “drinking and drugging” before middle school. Everyone grows up differently. Everyone starts engaging in adult activities at different times. Before their brains or their hormones even…

Preventing Against the First Drink can Come Before Recovery from Alcoholism

“We are without a defense against the first drink,” wrote the authors of Alcoholics Anonymous in describing the ‘insanity’ alcoholics face when they seem to forget how devastating drinking quickly becomes after taking just one drink. “The fact is that most alcoholics, for reasons yet obscure, have lost the power of choice in drink. Our…

Children and Teens are Overdosing on Opioids in Record Number

A study published in the journal Pediatrics found that the number of children and teens in the United States experiencing opioid overdose and opioid ‘poisoning’ is rising, according to Associated Press. Thirty-one children’s hospitals were used for data collection to conduct the survey. Some of the findings are included below: Adolescents and teens between the…

Painkillers are a Risk for Teenage Athletes

Today, the story is sadly common about an athlete who is injured, gets treated, and becomes addicted to drugs. Sports are a highly celebrated part of teenagers’ lives. Participating in group sports has numerous mental health and physical health benefits. Sports teach teenagers good sportsmanship, team work, discipline, dedication, hard work, routine, and more. Teens…

Understanding Addiction’s Effect on Crying

Parents of adolescents or teens who have been actively addicted to drugs and alcohol identify with three kinds of crying displayed by their children. First, is melodramatic, over the top, often manipulative crying which seems to have no end. Second is frantic, nervous crying. Third is no crying at all, fighting back tears, and suppressing…

The New Vaping Problem For Teens: Parents Need To Know About Juul

At first, they were in the shape of cigarettes. Electronic cigarettes looked like cigarettes, smoked like cigarettes, but were not cigarettes. Suddenly, there was a boom of “vapes”. Today, vape shops seem to occupy at least one storefront of every strip mall. Much less inconspicuous, vapes can be big, boxy, handheld devices with a vintage…