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The Effects of the Media on Teen Substance Abuse

    Teens are impressionable. They are soaking up information about social roles, behavior, choices, and lifestyle. They are easily influenced because they are at a stage in life of uncovering who they are and who they will become. Sadly, the media takes advantage of their vulnerability. Billions of advertising dollars are spent by alcohol…

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Teens Should Know What Makes Substance Use an Addiction

  Most teens and adults are aware that substance use doesn’t necessarily mean addiction. For instance, just because a teen is drinking on a regular basis doesn’t mean that the illness of addiction has set in. Three are specific signs that indicate the illness of addiction is present. This article will highlight those signs so…

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The Good News Is Teen Substance Use Declined in 2014

It’s common to believe that teens are going to use drugs and drink because that’s what they do when they’re adolescents. It’s a time of drug experimentation, wild parties, and doing things you might not otherwise do when you’re older.   However, research indicates that drug use among teens went down in 2014. Each year,…

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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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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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14 Ways Parents Can Curb Teen Substance Abuse – Part One

With recent drug epidemics, including heroin and painkillers, parents and supportive adults are looking for ways to assist teens in curbing their drug use. They seem to be looking for ways to prevent drug abuse in children and adolescents. And at the same time, sadly, some parents are still in the dark when it comes…

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Female Teens Are More At Risk for Substance Abuse Due to Mental Health

No matter the age or gender, drinking and drug use can eventually lead to an addiction. Although this doesn’t happen for everyone, the choice to drink or use drugs inherently comes with risk of developing one.   However, recent research shows that women are the fastest growing segment for substance abuse in the United States.…

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Teens: Rise Above The Underlying Issues of Substance Abuse

Before and beyond substance abuse are many underlying issues that contribute to drug, alcohol, or even behavioral addiction, which further supports the view of addiction as a mental illness. These dysfunctional patterns are powerlessness, enabling, and co-dependency. These might be patterns that you grew up with. They might even be patterns that feel comfortable to…

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