Adolescent/Teen

3 Signs Your Son or Daughter is Abusing Drugs or Alcohol

September 15th, 2018|

“It’s not the addict I hope will be grateful for my love. It’s my child. My child is the one who needs to see my strength. My devotion. My resolve. My child needs me to face down what has become his worst enemy. Not help it. My child is the one I want to see live beyond tomorrow.” ~ Sandy Swenson It can be difficult to know whether your son or daughter is abusing drugs or alcohol – particularly when college and work takes them out of your daily life. If you are concerned that

Slang Names: 11 Addictive Substances Described and Their Street Names

February 16th, 2018|

Knowing Drug Slang Names Is Important For Today’s Parents If you have a teenager and you want to protect them from the dangers of drug addiction, you need to know the slang names teens use when talking about drugs. It is not uncommon for teenagers to talk about using, dealing, or buying drugs on their phones or to communicate this information by text. They also use these street names as code words on social media and instant messaging on the Internet. Recent statistics suggest that more teenagers are using drugs than ever. As a

Teen Substance Abuse Statistics Coming into 2018

January 8th, 2018|

In today’s world, teen substance abuse is more of a serious concern than ever. Going into 2018, teenagers face challenges that did not exist a generation or two ago. For parents, it is not enough to just keep a watchful eye on their children. If you have adolescent or older teenage children, you now have to educate yourself about drug threats that were unimaginable when you were their age. Luckily, for all of us, the National Institute on Drug Abuse funds a project that studies changes in the behaviors, attitudes, and beliefs of American

Guilty Mom Thoughts: Could I Have Prevented My Son From Becoming an Addict?

July 28th, 2017|

Any time a parent learns of their child’s drug addiction or alcoholism, they all ask the same question: Is there something I could have done to keep my child from becoming an addict? It seems logical; there must have been something you could have done to prevent your child from finding drugs and alcohol. Right? After the initial wondering what you could have done to keep them away from drugs, you ask even more questions: Could you have kept a better eye on their friends? Should you have set their curfew an hour or two

Ritalin Versus Adderall Versus Concerta: Which ADHD Drugs Pose the Most Risk for Abuse?

July 8th, 2017|

Ritalin, Adderall, and Concerta are all popular and effective prescription medications used for the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Unfortunately, however, each drug also brings along a serious risk of abuse. That comes as a surprise to some people. Most people hear the term "prescription drug abuse" and think of opioid painkillers such as Vicodin or OxyContin. Sometimes, they might also consider benzodiazepine-class medications such as Xanax or Valium. But what is often overlooked is that prescription stimulants such as Concerta, Adderall, and Ritalin are also popular drugs of abuse, especially among

Yummy? Xanax Bars

July 1st, 2017|

Are prescription Xanax bars becoming just as dangerous as opioid pain pills? According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the number of emergency room visits in America involving the nonmedical use of Xanax MORE THAN DOUBLED between 2005 and 2011, increasing from 57,419  to 123,744. "Even the label for Xanax warns against prescribing it to people who are addiction-prone..." ~Dr. Peter R. Breggin, M.D., Medication Madness: The Tole of Psychiatric Drugs in Cases of Violence, Suicide, and Crime Even more troubling, the National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that overdose deaths involving Xanax

How to Help A Sibling Struggling With Addiction

June 8th, 2017|

Having a sibling with addiction is one of the most heart-rendering things you can go through. In fact, watching any loved one go through addiction is unspeakably difficult. You can see the problem, you know something has to be done, but you feel powerless to actually help. This is something of a mirror image to the way an addicted person feels about their own situation. They know something isn’t quite right, and they’d really like to make the necessary changes to get themselves back on track, but there’s something there that simply won’t allow that

Did the FDA REALLY Approve Meth Candy?

August 15th, 2016|

"I am not a big fan of controlled substances that come in forms that can be easily abused – and certainly, a chewable drug falls into that category." ~Dr. Mukund Gnanadesikan, a child/adolescent psychiatrist in Napa, California Right now, the Internet is on fire with news that the Food and Drug Administration has approved "meth candy" is a medication for young children. While that isn't exactly true, the what is actually going on is a bit disconcerting, nonetheless. What You Need to Know about This New ADHD Drug In January of this year, Dallas-based Neotherapeutics

Trauma and Addiction—My Story

May 26th, 2016|

After a female suffers from addiction related trauma, a program for drug and alcohol treatment for women can help change her life. I am 16 years old, and I escaped death.  As I sit here and tell you my story, I am reminded over and over again how lucky I am that recovery is an option for heroin addicts. I know the perception of a heroin addict is someone who’s been neglected growing up, someone without supportive parents and a loving home.  But that is far from the truth.  The majority of my circle of

April Is Alcohol Awareness Month in Idaho

April 6th, 2016|

“The longer children delay drinking and drug use, the less likely they are to develop any problems associated with it. That’s why it is so important to help your child make smart decisions about alcohol and drugs.” ~ Andrew Pucher, President and CEO of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence For the next 30 days, community organizations across the country will be promoting healthier lifestyles and drinking habits in observance of the 30th annual National Annual Alcohol Awareness Month. The goal is to raise public awareness and understanding, as well as removing the