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Teen Stimulant Abuse: Adderall to Cocaine to Meth

You might say that stimulants are everywhere. There are millions of Americans, for example, who take a stimulant each morning before work by having their regular dose of caffeine. Caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant and can increase alertness and levels of energy. For those who have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD),…

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Teen Depressant Abuse | Paradigm Mailbu

Teen Depressant Abuse: The Illegal Use of Xanax and Valium

Sometimes, teens will take anything to get high, even old prescription pills like Xanax, Valium, Ativan, and Klonopin. Each of these drugs are categorized as Benzodiazepines and are commonly prescribed for anxiety. The risk with Benzodiazepines, however, is that they are highly addictive and have severe withdrawal symptoms. Of course, any teen taking prescribed psychotropic…

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Teen Alcohol Abuse: It's Not A Healthy Option | Paradigm Malibu

Teen Alcohol Abuse: It’s Not A Healthy Option

Although there is a big trend right now regarding healthy eating and healthy living, it’s true that adolescents don’t tend to focus on health at this age. Why should they? They’re young and practically invincible.   Yet, alcohol in excessive amounts can lead to medical disease and illness. Of course, it can also lead to…

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Teen Substance Abuse in Wealthy Families

In most cases, teens addicted to alcohol and drugs feel the shame and stigma that accompanies a teen substance abuse disorder. In fact, they might not readily admit that they are shameful of their substance use, but they might keep it a secret. Or they might refuse to participate in teen drug treatment which would…

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Teen Cocaine Abuse May Have Lasting Effects On The Brain | Paradigm Malibu

Teen Cocaine Abuse May Have Lasting Effects On The Brain

In the drug-counseling field, there is often a question that arises: can there be full recovery from addiction, including the elimination of feeling attraction for the abused substance? Speaking about eating disorders, which frequently mirrors the many dysfunctional patterns of addiction, a New York Times reporter wrote about a woman who attempted to answer that…

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Advances in Treatment for Teen Opioid Addiction | Paradigm Malibu

Advances in Treatment for Teen Opioid Addiction

A recent study at the Boston University Medical Center revealed that treatment for teen opioid addiction is greatly enhanced when hospitalization treatment includes the use of buprenorphine. Furthermore, when those same teens are then connected to an outpatient facility after hospitalization, relapse is significantly reduced. Essentially specialized treatment during and after hospitalization leads to more…

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Arizona Teens Witness Teacher Drunk At School | Paradigm Malibu

Arizona Teens Witness Teacher Drunk At School

A Math Teacher at an Arizona High School was arrested on August 13 after a student noticed that she was drunk in class. The principal and a school guard entered the classroom and confronted the teacher. Although she initially denied the charges, she soon admitted that she drank the night before and that morning. She…

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Teen Inhalant Abuse | ParadigmMalibu.com

Teen Inhalant Abuse: The Dangers of Your Own Home

As a parent, you might fear that your teen would use drugs like marijuana, alcohol, or methamphetamines. But you may not realize that there are dangers in your own home that could be risky for teens and could lead to teen inhalant abuse. Although it sounds odd, household products such as glues, hair sprays, paints…

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Teen Internet Addiction May Be a Precursor to Teen Drug Abuse | ParadigmMalibu.com

Teen Internet Addiction May Be a Precursor to Teen Drug Abuse

Research indicates that 1.4% to 17.9% of adolescents around the world are addicted to the Internet. Addictions to Internet use are not as prevalent in the United States as they are in other countries, however, evidence suggests that boys are at higher risk for an addiction than girls, especially boys who spend more than 20…

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Teen Substance Abuse | ParadigmMalibu.com

14 Ways Parents Can Curb Teen Substance Abuse – Part Two

This two part series provides a list of ways that parents can facilitate the avoidance of drug use in their teens. If you missed part one, that article provided an introduction and included the first six of fourteen ways that parents can help their teens curb substance abuse. The following completes that list:   7.…

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