Teens are Letting Teens Drive Under the Influence and its a Problem

More than 2,000 young people who had graduated high school within the last one to two years took part in two national surveys, the data of which was analyzed by researchers at Colorado State University. Young people in the surveys answered questions about driving with other people who were under the influence. Participants disclosed information…

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…

Do 12-Step Programs Help Kids In Treatment For Addiction?

Meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous and associated twelve step program fellowships are primarily for adults. Attend a designated “young people’s” meeting and you’ll find middle to late aged teenagers, those in their early twenties, and still find a littering of grown up adults. Family members of adolescents and teens who are struggling with drug and alcohol…