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Teen Substance Abuse

Help: My Teen is Struggling with their Mental Health and Addiction

Help: My Teen is Struggling with their Mental Health and Addiction

As you navigate helping your teen struggling with mental health and/or addiction, you may be wondering what your role is in your child’s healing and growth process and wrestling with how to support them best. Whether they are dealing with the everyday drama of teenage life, or are struggling with addiction or other mental health …

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Is Adderall the New Xanax? Why So Much Buzz About Adderall?

Eighty-eight percent of the world’s legal amphetamine supply is produced in US, and over-worked college students, celebrities, and sports stars seem to be taking to the drug with increasing regularity. It doesn’t seem like too long ago that Xanax was the nation’s drug of choice, but it looks like a new prescription drug has entered …

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Teens Who Drink with their Parents Drink More Outside of Home

Many parents want the best for their kids. As a result, many may make decisions that, while noble or logical, create adverse side effects. One of those decisions is to drink with their teenagers. New research has shown that teens who drink with their parents may drink more than other teens. To learn more about …

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Important Statistics on Teen Substance Abuse to Keep in Mind

Drug abuse is a problem that often starts at a young age – typically during the teen years. And while drug use has been decreasing slowly over the years, many teens experiment with drugs every year and can trigger lifelong addictions. The most recent statistics on teen substance abuse, therefore, are essential to consider for …

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Use Science to Talk to Your Teens about Drinking

If you’re a parent, you should assume that your child will be tempted to drink on prom night and other celebrations that mark the end of the school year. In a 2005 survey of high school students, about 43 percent had consumed alcohol in the past 30 days, and 75 percent had tried alcohol at …

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Salvia: More Harmful than Marijuana and Growing in Use

Have you ever heard of the drug Salvia? If you haven’t, you’re not alone. Salvia, also called diviner’s sage, magic mint, maria pastora, sally-d, seer’s sage, and shepherdess’s herb is a drug that you should know about, and know the risks. Medical experts have recognized salvia as a harmful plant that has psychoactive properties. In …

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Vaping … Flakka? What Every Parent Should Know About the Latest S. Florida Teen Trends

E-cigarettes, or vaporizer pens, now have a thriving, growing and vulnerable new market here in Broward County and greater South Florida. Teens looking to experiment with drugs are increasingly using these battery-operated devices, often touted as a healthier alternative to traditional cigarettes, to vape synthetic substances like flakka (an amphetamine-like drug similar to bath salts) …

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New Research About the Teenage Brain

The prevailing theory about teenagers’ brains is that the prefrontal cortex — which is thought to control complex cognitive behavior and planning — isn’t fully developed. But new research out of the University of Pittsburgh is beginning to challenge that premise. The research was presented at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual …

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The Truth about Teens and Drugs

Teenage drug abuse facts may be surprising to many adults, and especially alarming to parents of teens. Many more teens are experimenting with, abusing and becoming addicted to drugs than most adults ever imagined. They are using illegal drugs, but they are also getting prescriptions from friends and family members to use as study aids …

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