Category: Adolescent

Young Children as Alcoholics

New statistics coming out of Scotland this week are shocking people around the world with the severity of alcohol abuse among young people. The numbers are disturbing, with many young teenagers being hospitalized for alcohol-related emergencies, and children as young as 8 being treated for alcoholism. Alcoholic Parents Looking at the history of these children, […]

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Runaway Kids

There are a number of teens that are in desperate need of help; teens who are alone and don’t have anyone to turn to; teens who may not admit that they need help; teens that are runaways. An estimated 2.8 million runaway teens live on the streets of our country, many of them living hard […]

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Self-Medicating for Depression in Teens

Teens who suffer from depression are more likely to also abuse drugs and alcohol. Many do so to self-medicate for their depression, but this only makes the condition worse. It is important to help our teens develop positive ways to handle their depression, and get professional help if necessary. Symptoms of Depression A teen with […]

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Faking Mental Illness

A little bit of admiration and respect are a good thing. But a new survey suggests that teens are trying to copy unhealthy characteristics of celebrities. The stick-thin images we see in magazines and movies have been a problem among celebrities and the teens they inspire for some time. Teens and pre-teens often struggle with […]

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Choking Game

As parents, there are so many things we need to worry about with our children. We want them to grow up and become successful, but there are many dangerous activities kids today are getting involved with, and they are causing injuries and death among teens and pre-teens. The choking game is one such activity. Kids […]

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Winning Essay for Recovery Month 2010

Congratulations to Afeefa A. the winner of our Student Essay Contest! She and her family were treated to 4 luxury tickets to see the Miami Heat play at American Airlines Arena on November 9th (SEE PICS BELOW!). Afeefa is a very bright high school freshman from Hollywood Florida. Afeefa impressed us with her deep understanding […]

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William J. Ostiguy Receives the Fred R. French Award for Excellence

Recently, I had an opportunity to sit down with one of the most dynamic and groundbreaking individuals the recovery community has ever known. He is a Lieutenant on the Boston Fire Department and co-ordinates their Employee Assistance Program, his name is Willy Ostiguy and for those who don’t know, he is an E.A.P. pioneer with […]

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Role Models for our Kids

Every child needs a role model. However, over the years, young people’s options for good role models are becoming limited, as drugs, alcoholism, and bad choices are plaguing celebrities, athletes, and people in the public eye. Young people naturally watch others and learn from them. They may learn how to treat others, how to dress, how […]

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Drug Abuse at School

The 15th annual survey by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) is complete and the reports are in. The study, which consists of phone and internet surveys of teens and their parents, has recorded trends among students for the past decade and a half. This year’s survey has some disturbing results, but […]

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Raves and Ecstasy

Young people’s use of drugs such as Ecstasy is increasing, despite warnings about such substances. Ecstasy is commonly seen in bars, at concerts, and at raves, and its popularity today suggests the message of its danger is not getting across. Ecstasy is a hallucinogen and a stimulant that is often smuggled into the U.S from […]

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