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Are you looking for treatment for your teen? The National Resource Center can help you choose the right program to help your teen get back on track.
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Parents who are informed are parents who can best cope with the pressures and influences their children face when it comes to alcohol and drug use. Many parents of today grew up during those decades of exploding youth drug experimentation, so they believe they know and understand the temptations and the risks their pre-teen and adolescent children face. There are many designer drugs available today that did not exist 20 or 30 years ago. Marijuana potency has increased exponentially in the last 20 years. And to this day myths persist about alcohol that leads many parents to tragically miss signs of serious trouble because they think it is "just alcohol."
Cough syrup preparations are also fast becoming one of the most common drugs of abuse among teens. The active ingredient of many cough syrups is dextromethorphan (DXM), which if taken in large doses can cause visual hallucinations and a heightened sense of awareness - in other words, a cheap high. Learn more about Cough Syrup Abuse
Although the use of crystal methamphetamine - "Meth" - among youth may be decreasing on the national level, certain areas of the United States continue to face significant problems with this potent and highly addictive substance. In addition, not all current research agrees about the prevalence of Meth use among youth and young adults. Although Meth is used by a small percentage of the American population, its extreme potency and potential for severe physical, behavioral, and social consequences keeps it a pressing concern in many communities. Learn more about Methamphetamine Use Among Youth
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When it comes to teen substance abuse, it seems like we’re always playing catch up. Anytime a new drug hits the streets, its popularity soars, and we find ourselves fighting against it. At the same time, drugs that have been around for years sometimes rise sharply and unexpectedly in popularity. Why is that? There seems to be no rhyme or reason to either the increase, or decrease, in drug use among teens. Though certain trends have been discovered over the years, the cause of those trends seems a mystery. For the past several years, two different organizations - Partnership for a Drug Free America and Monitoring the Future (University of Michigan – Ann Arbor) - have conducted “Attitude Tracking” studies in an effort to discover what influences teen drug use, and what makes one drug more or less popular than another. What they’ve found is that the perceptions young people have of different drugs vary widely, and often vary from generation to generation. Those perceptions have a direct affect on a drugs popularity and frequency of use. The primary factors that seem to affect increased or decreased drug use among teens are perceived risk, perceived social approval, and perceived availability. The more risky or less accepted a drug is thought to be, the less likely it will be used by teens. Perceived availability is often associated with overall social approval, and so, a drug that’s readily available is considered socially acceptable and will likely increase in use. While these seem like common sense factors, how these perceptions are created is harder to understand. In the mind of a young person, the “risk” of using drugs has many dimensions. Not only do teens consider physical risk, but also emotional (acting inappropriately, or getting depressed), social/relational, and aspirational. Physical risks include addiction, while social risks include disappointing friends or family, and loosing friends. Aspirational risks include loosing a job, or getting in trouble with the law. All of these perceived risks - physical, emotional, social, and aspirational - are different with each drug, and contributing factors include things like anti-drug campaigns and parental involvement, including discussions about the risks of drug use. The challenge we face in curtailing teen drug use is that the perceived “benefits” of using a certain drug are known sooner and spread faster than perceived risks. The “benefits” of a drug (the euphoric high, the energy, the “numbness”) are immediately evident, and electronic forms of communication like blogs, chats, and text messages allow these “positive” experiences to be broadcast and spread quickly. Consequently, new drugs experience sharp use increases for months or even years. Meanwhile, gathering information about the drug’s risks takes time, but when specific evidence is gathered and aggressively distributed either via the media or friends and family, the results are dramatic. The effects of drug specific information were first recorded during 1998 and 1999. In 1998, Partnership for a Drug-Free America launched a media campaign focused on the risks of marijuana use. Between 1998 and 1999, the percentage of teens that associated marijuana use with a perceived risk of loosing their friends increased from 47% to 50%. During that same year, there was a 2% overall decrease in marijuana use, and the downward trend continues to this day. This effect was more recently seen with the drug Ecstasy. Between 1999 and 2001, there was a 71% increase in Ecstasy use. By the end of 2001, more than 1 in 10 teens admitted to using Ecstasy on a regular basis. Over time, the extreme dangers of Ecstasy became known, and the drug’s popularity began to decrease. As Ecstasy became more risky and less socially acceptable, use began to decline, too. At the end of 2005, Ecstasy use had decreased to just four percent. It’s also interesting and important to note that parental involvement plays a vital role. The strongest declines in drug use occurred during years when more parents and guardians were talking to their kids about the risks of drug use, and the kids were exposed to anti-drug messages in the media. Some statistics actually show an increase of drug use during years when parental involvement was down, even if anti-drug media exposure was up. It’s hard to fight drug use among teens, but it can be done. Young people are more intelligent than we often give them credit for being. If we talk with them about specific drugs and their negative effects, it will go a long way towards winning the battle against teen drug use. "In the United States, approximately three-fourths of all deaths among persons aged 10--24 years result from only four causes: motor-vehicle crashes, other unintentional injuries, homicide, and suicide. Results from the 1999 national Youth Risk Behavior Survey demonstrate that numerous high school students engage in behaviors that increase their likelihood of death from these four causes...[including alcohol and illicit drug use]" Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), Centers for Disease Control, Risk Youth Behavior Surveillance.
Neurofeedback Gains Popularity as Treatment for Adolescent Substance Abuse After being used for decades in the treatment of anxiety disorders, depression, ADHD, learning disabilities and other disorders, neurofeedback is becoming recognized as an effective adjunct to adolescent substance abuse treatment. more... Amid Rising Rates of Teen Substance Abuse, Teenage Drug Rehab Programs Meet a Growing Need Teens who abuse alcohol and other drugs have options that can allow them to put their lives back on a safer, healthier and more productive path. In many cases, the best choice for these teens is enrollment in a teenage drug rehab or teen alcohol rehab program. more... Too Young for Drug Rehab? If a teenager is old enough to have a drug problem, theyre old enough for drug rehab. And if the problem is serious enough to have a parent concerned, it is worth investigating further. more... How to Curb Your Teens' Use of Marijuana Instead of sitting idly by and watching your teens experiment with the drug, you can take a proactive approach to help reduce the chance that your teens will use marijuana. more... Marijuana vs. Alcohol: Which Is Having More Impact on Your Teen? When your teen comes home obviously under the influence, are you more concerned to discover they've been drinking or smoking pot? Here is a comparison of these drugs and their impact on teenagers lives. more... The New Faces of Heroin Addiction: Teen Use on the Rise While heroin use in general has leveled off or even declined in most areas, there has been a dramatic spike in teenage heroin use. more... Safely Keeping Alcohol at Home If you have teenagers, there are a few precautions you should take when keeping alcohol in your home. more... Parents Fess Up: Why Straight Talk Is Best When Talking to Your Kids About Past Drug Use According to a recent study by market research company Ipsos Public Affairs (on behalf of the Hazelden Foundation), teens say hearing about their parents' experiences with drugs and alcohol would make them less likely to use the substances themselves. more... Drugs & School: How to Help Your Child Resist the Pressures Regardless of your children's age, if they are going to school, then you need to be talking with them about alcohol and other drugs. more... Spirituality An Important Tool in Addiction Recovery Addiction experts have known the healing power of a spiritual connection for decades, but research is finally beginning to clarify just how important spirituality can be in the process of recovery. more... Survey Says Fewer Teens Getting Substance Abuse Prevention Messages A report by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reveals that fewer U.S. teens are being exposed to substance abuse prevention messages. more... How Parents Can Help Their Struggling Teens During Treatment Family is the most important contributor to a teen's long-term success. Programs that treat adolescents with emotional or behavioral issues must address the family system in order to be effective. more... Insight-Oriented Therapy for Adolescent Substance Abuse Insight-oriented therapy encourages teens to break free from addiction by looking inward to assess their emotions, motivations, and self-talk and identify healthier ways to work through difficult emotions. more... Preteen Drinking Adolescents who drink or use drugs before they turn 15 are more likely to fail in school, become dependent on drugs or alcohol, be convicted of a crime, contract a sexually transmitted disease, and face an unwanted pregnancy. This is true whether they come from "good" homes or abusive ones. more... Using Parent Effectiveness Training to Help Families in Crisis Life with a teenager doesn't have to be riddled with conflict. With guidance and practice, parents and teens can learn more effective communication skills and truly begin to relate to and understand one another. more... The Benefits of Wilderness Therapy for Treating Addiction and Substance Abuse Throughout history, spiritual leaders and great teachers like Moses, Jesus, Gandhi, and Buddha have set out for the wilderness in search of inspiration, meaning, and enlightenment. The stillness and simplicity of nature makes us slow down, shift our thinking from the chaotic nature of daily life to a more reflective state, and opens us up spiritually. more... Preferred Drugs of Youth and Children Find out the most common illicit drugs used by youth and children, how to identify them, signs of use, and their effects. more... Should You Test Your Teen for Drugs? Drug testing can ease a parent's mind, but do the benefits outweigh the drawbacks? more... Nicotine's Effect on Developing Teen Brains Nicotine has almost immediate negative effects on young people's brains, and has been linked to adult depression, panic attacks, and a wide range of health problems. more...
A recent report by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy indicates that the marijuana being smoked by today's teenagers is significantly more potent than that used by previous generations. Read Marijuana Potency Reaches All-Time High.
Parents who host teen parties should be aware of their liability should teens sneak in alcohol. Saying that you did not allow the alcohol is not enough to protect you, especially if you let these teens drive home and they cause an accident. Read about Parent's Liability When Hosting Teen Parties.
Learn strategies to keep in touch with your children before they become teenagers and you will be in a better position to understand the pressures they face and communicate your concerns and expectations. Create a safe, supportive environment for teaching about the dangers of drug and alcohol use. Connect with teens to find out what they know, how they feel. what pressures they face. Communicate clearly what you expect and what the consequences of use will be. The word "expectations" may have negative connotations, but by letting your child know what behaviors you will and will not accept, you help set the tone for their adolescence. Teens who know their parents will not tolerate illegal drug use tend to resist peer pressure better than those whose parents avoid the issue. Click here to learn more...
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