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What Are The Signs of Teen Drug and Alcohol Abuse?

What Are The Signs of Teen Drug and Alcohol Abuse?It happens all the time: a teen gets arrested, rushed to the hospital (or worse) for abusing alcohol or other drugs and his or her parents are caught completely off-guard, insisting they had no idea their child had ever tried drugs. The warning signs of drug abuse are often subtle, bur for vigilant parents, recognizing them is the first line of defense against teen drug abuse and addiction.
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Positive Psychology Helps Reduce Teen Drinking

Positive Psychology Helps Reduce Teen DrinkingSex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll is only the latest version of a centuries-old expression regarding “wine, women and song.” Teens have been using substances, including alcohol, since ancient times, with their elders hard-pressed to stop them for equally as long. Devising consequences and doling out punishments is one time-honored approach, but finding ways to address some of the reasons teens drink and preventing teenage alcohol consumption is a potentially more effective and positive approach. Two British researchers published the results of just such an effort—a group intervention for teens based on positive psychology concepts and aimed at helping eliminate some of the reasons teens engage in drinking—especially in dangerous binge drinking. While the study was only a pilot and intentionally small in scale, the results are great news for those of us who work with and love our teens.
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Why Do Privileged Teens Use Drugs?

Drug Use and Privileged TeensSociety would have us believe that money really is what makes the world go round. That’s why, upon seeing a story of celebrities or the rich ruining their lives through drug abuse, we implicitly wonder what anyone who can buy everything they want could possibly be depressed about. How could they continue being so maladjusted when they will likely never experience the “how can I pay the bills and buy food?” stresses that plague the lower classes? This quandary is cemented by the findings that privileged teens score worse on tests of substance abuse than those of low socioeconomic status and are also more likely to drink and abuse drugs: why does an affluent upbringing seem to produce teens who are more likely to struggle with addiction?
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Does Childhood Physical Abuse Have an Impact on Injection Drug Use in Adulthood?

Does Childhood Physical Abuse Have an Impact on Injection Drug Use in Adulthood?Injection drug use is the general term for any form of drug use that relies on a needle and syringe to introduce a substance into the human body. In addition to strictly drug-related issues like addiction, people who take drugs in this manner have increased odds of developing certain serious or life-threatening infections. In a study published in April 2014 in the journal Addiction, researchers from Australia’s University of New South Wales looked at how a history of childhood physical abuse might impact the chances that any given individual would ultimately become an injection drug user. These researchers concluded that certain levels of childhood abuse have a general impact on drug use risks, but not a direct impact on injection drug use in particular.
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Three Types of Therapy for Treating Teen Depression

Three Types of Therapy for Treating Teen Depression During adolescence hormones flood rapidly developing bodies, with teenagers struggling to manage new emotions and experiences. Parents, too, may be taken aback by their teens’ new appearance and what seems like extreme swings in mood. Over half of teens experience depressed mood, and between eight and 10 percent with symptoms meeting criteria for clinical depression. If left untreated, depression can have a widespread effect on a teen’s development, impacting cognitive and social growth, as well as relationships and academic achievement. In addition, depression in adolescence is a reliable predictor for recurring symptoms that can appear in adulthood.
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How to Heal a Broken Heart: 10 Ways to Recover from Rejection

How to Heal a Broken Heart: 10 Ways to Recover from RejectionAt some point in your life you are going to experience the end of a relationship. But when the choice was not yours, a broken heart can be overwhelming. Here are 10 suggestions to help you let go and move on:
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Smart, Devoted, Ambitious Mom—and an Alcoholic

Smart, Devoted, Ambitious Mom—and an AlcoholicCammy is one of those unassuming women with a secret weapon—a knockout smile and brains for days. She’s an assistant professor in women’s studies and the single mom of two young girls. She lectures and researches every weekday, then grabs the girls dinner on the way home. They eat in the car as they head to karate and gymnastics. Cammy talks to them while she drives about the importance of loving their bodies exactly as they are, and tells them about the women who inspired her when she was their age—all women who lived in books. She answers their questions and laughs with her kids, and the girls think their mom is great—as long as it’s still daylight.
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Parenting Style as a Risk Factor for Adolescent Depression

Parenting Style as a Risk Factor for Adolescent DepressionAccording to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention somewhere between 5-10 percent of adolescents in this country struggle with depression, and around 25 percent experience anxiety as a mental health concern. Some causes behind these conditions are not easily remedied, but a recent review of studies shows that at least one risk factor could be reduced.
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Alcohol Marketers May Ignore Important Data

Alcohol Marketers May Ignore Important DataUnderage drinking was the focus of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence’s (NCADD) 2014 Alcohol Awareness Month, held in April. During the event, various agencies worked together to promote public awareness and understanding, as well as launching efforts to reduce stigma and provide information about the risks of alcohol consumption.
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Is Your Teen Abusing Alcohol or Drugs? What You Can Do to Help

Is Your Teen Abusing Alcohol or Drugs? What You Can Do to HelpAlicia is a bright high school sophomore who’s frequently teased because she’s overweight. Josh is a junior; the science nerd who excels in academics but silently struggles to fit in socially. Sarah is a pretty senior who’s liked by everyone and bound for a top notch college. Zach, a junior, is an introverted athlete who excels at every sport he plays.
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