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Five Patterns To Watch Out For When You Suspect Addiction in Your Teen

Addiction is different than having a chemical dependency. Addiction is a psychological pattern of compulsion, and a compulsion is an irresistible urge to behave in a certain way, especially against your own conscious wishes.   You might have a chemical dependency to caffeine, but in most cases, the need for caffeine isn’t going to lead…

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Teens: Drinking Alone Might Lead to an Alcohol Addiction Later in Life

Frequently when friends and family gather there is drinking. Along with the good food and conversation, alcohol is served. In many ways, this is socially acceptable. It’s natural to want to have a glass of wine while you’re enjoying your time with family and friends.   Yet, when drinking is done alone, the reasons for…

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Teens: Who Would You Go To If You Needed Help With Mental Health?

Most of us are shy about admitting that there might be a problem. We want to come across as having it all together.   For instance, a well-liked, popular, and accomplished teen once received a text from her parents while in class last year. The text read that she and her parents needed to talk…

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LA Times Talks to Addiction Experts About Teens and Marijuana

There’s a lot of misconception about marijuana. Perhaps that’s why the LA Times did an article on it early this month to help set the record straight. Two drug counselors and experts in the field of addiction share their professional experience with marijuana by answering some direct questions.   For instance, marijuana is a popularly…

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Teen Athletes In the News: Ohio Adolescent Dies of Caffeine Overdose

If you’re not an athlete, you might not know that Caffeine is a supplement used to enhance athletic performance. Caffeine stimulates the central nervous system and can increase alertness and levels of energy. There are millions of Americans, for example, who take this stimulant each morning before work by having their regular dose of coffee.…

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Parents: Help Your Teen Avoid Alcohol Abuse With These Text Messages

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recognizes that more and more communication between parents and their teens happen with text messaging. Between work and school and family responsibilities, parents might not have the opportunity to remind their teens about the discussions they’ve had about alcohol and alcohol abuse.   For this reason,…

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Teen Marijuana Abuse Is Not Healthy For the Developing Brain

During adolescence there’s an explosion of curiosity and creativity. There’s a fountain of energy that needs to be expressed somewhere. Along with this is a spring of emotions, with which teens usually don’t know how cope. In fact, the pre-frontal cortex of the developing brain hasn’t completed its growth. This part of the brain manages…

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Teen Drug Rehab: What You Need to Know

Having an addiction is like having an ongoing battle with yourself. There’s no winning unless you surrender. There’s no conquering the destructive pull of addiction unless you lay down your weapons. Perhaps that’s the reason for the way Alcoholic Anonymous participants begin their introductions. “Hi, I’m John, and I’m an alcoholic.” They admit that they…

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