Category: Adolescent

Myths & Facts About the Designer Drug Known as “Molly”

The drug “molly” has recently come into the spotlight due to some recent deaths at a New York electronic music festival, Electric Zoo. This past week, the drug has been all over the media and blogosphere. Here are some common misconceptions being reported, as well as some important facts for families. Myth #1: “This is […]

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The Pros and Cons of Drug Testing Your Child

Struggling with the question, “Is my teen using drugs?” and not being 100% sure of the answer is stressful, frustrating and can consume a parent. While it’s tempting to solve the question by testing your child for drugs at home, you may also feel conflicted and not want your child to feel violated. You may […]

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ADHD Prescriptions On the Rise: Helpful or Hurtful?

Many believe that prescribing children with ADHD is a very dangerous slippery slope, while others feel treatment is necessary. The long-debated ADHD controversy continues; found in a new study conducted by the Food and Drug Administration, ADHD prescriptions increased by 46% between 2002 and 2010 among children up to 17-years-old. According to ABC News, “Ritalin and […]

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The Effects of Having an Alcoholic Parent

We know that parents have great influence over their teen when it comes to experimenting with drugs or alcohol. New research suggests that teenage brains can actually form differently, based on the  drinking behavior of their parents. This helps to explain a little more about why some adolescents are at greater risk for alcohol abuse. […]

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Recognizing Video Game and Internet Addiction

Imagine that something takes hold of your child’s mind so forcefully that you can’t get through to them any more. Some kids suffer from addiction so severe they don’t want to do anything else all day. Many parents go through this with their child who is a drug addict, but it’s not just drugs that pull […]

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Autism and Substance Abuse

Autism is a disorder that we are still trying to find out more about, with no real cure in sight. Parents are still learning how to manage this disorder, and should be aware that someone with autism will encounter greater challenges related to drugs and alcohol. Occurrence of Autism According to the National Institute of Mental […]

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Adolescent Drug Abuse

When young people start doing drugs or drinking alcohol, they begin going down a path that leads to some very undesirable consequences. They run the risk of living a life of addiction, getting involved with crime, and ending up in poverty, just to name a few. We need to develop and support more programs aimed […]

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Four Ways to Keep Your Kids Off Drugs

Parents across the country are always looking for ways to keep their kids off drugs. It’s important for parents to keep vigilant in this matter.  Parents have a great deal of influence on their teen children, so it is their responsibility to do all they can to keep their child away from drugs. Parents shouldn’t […]

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Just Say No Campaign

The “Just Say No” campaign of the 80s has been done away with for the most part in today’s anti-drug effort. Parents are now being taught to be more detailed and specific with their kids about the dangers of drugs. A Simple Message Many people label the “Just Say No” campaign as ineffective. While the […]

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Effective Parenting

Parenting is hard work. There are countless how-to books that give parents all sorts of advice on the best methods to raising their kids. But new parents aren’t required to take a test or become licensed, and actually, many people become parents without really being prepared. Even well-meaning parents, however, can end up with children […]

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