Proactive Parenting Helps Dissuade Teen Drug Use

The media’s lackadaisical portrayal of substance use and addiction has long contributed to teen experimentation with drugs and alcohol and long term addictive behavior.  Despite community efforts to provide deglamorized information about the harmful effects of substance use, teens remain misinformed about the dangers of partaking in the usage of cigarettes, e-cigarettes, alcohol, marijuana, and […]

Prescription Painkillers: How to Protect Your Teen

Prescription drug abuse is on the rise, and the addiction to prescription painkillers is a problem that’s growing faster than addictions to street drugs like cocaine or heroin. If you have seen some of the news coverage of America’s opioid epidemic, you may have a picture in your mind of what a prescription drug addict […]

Is Your Teen Smoking Pot? 5 Telltale Signs

Parents have been worrying about their teens smoking pot for years. However, parents of teens today have increased reason to be concerned – the decriminalization or even legalization of marijuana in many areas has made pot easier to acquire for many teenagers. It’s also available in more forms than it used to be. Your teen […]

Crack Cocaine Addiction: Causes, Signs, and Treatment

Even if you don’t know much about the drug, just the words “crack cocaine” can create an ominous feeling. You may be aware that crack is a dangerous drug and that it’s highly addictive. But why is it so addictive? If it’s so dangerous, what makes addicts keep going back for more? What are the […]

Substance Use Screening, Brief Intervention & Referral to Treatment

The enormous public health impact of adolescent substance use and its preventable morbidity and mortality highlight the need for the health care sector, including pediatricians and the medical home, to increase its capacity regarding adolescent substance use screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment. Using SBIRT, which stands for Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to […]

Can Your Teen Become Addicted to Fortnite?

Fortnite is a video game that has an online option. In the game, 100 players fight their characters to the death until one triumphs. While the violence in the game turns off some parents and teens, others don’t mind it because it is cartoonish in nature and not realistic. The problem is that many children […]

How to Be a Supportive Parent for Your Recovering Teen

If your teenager is recovering from a drug or alcohol addiction, it is important that you are an available and supportive parent. You might not know how best to support your teen, however. If you are in this situation, read this guide to learn about the importance of family support, what not to say, how […]

Dual Diagnosis Treatment: What to Expect

Dual diagnosis is when an individual is diagnosed with both an addiction and another mental health issue. The addiction might be to a substance (such as alcohol, methamphetamine, or prescription pain pills) or to a behavior (such as compulsive gambling or internet addiction). The mental health issue could be depression, OCD, anxiety, or almost anything […]

What Is Dual Diagnosis and How Is It Treated?

Maybe you have heard the term “dual diagnosis” and have wondered what that is. Dual diagnosis is when a person has both a mental health condition (such as depression, anxiety, or obsessive-compulsive disorder) and an addiction (such as alcoholism, addiction to pain pills, or addiction to gambling). The two issues often go hand-in-hand and it […]

Teen Alcohol Addiction: Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment

Does your teenager drink alcohol? While it’s illegal in the United States, many teens do occasionally have a drink or two when they are with their friends. Do you know the difference between occasional or casual use and teen alcohol addiction? Teenage alcohol addiction can lead to a lifetime struggle with alcoholism, so it’s important […]