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LGBT-specific treatment for substance abuse may be the most effective treatment option for members of this community, but the availability of such services continues to lag behind demand. At the same time, research suggests that LGBT people who access general services for substance abuse or mental health issues often face some sort of mistreatment during the process. With increasing data about the high risk of substance abuse and mental health issues faced by this community, improving treatment availability and quality is crucial.
While there are many benefits for teens participating in school sports, there is also a major risk: substance abuse. Research has shown that students on sports teams, especially certain types of sports teams, are at a greater risk for abusing substances than teens who do not participate in athletics. There are some obvious benefits to school sports: physical activity, socializing with peers, healthy competition. As a parent, you shouldn’t necessarily let the risk of substance abuse overshadow these healthful benefits, but you should be aware of it.
Teens love summer. School is out. They have more time to hang out with friends. And, if both parents work, they get to enjoy the freedom of unsupervised time. For many teens, this is a chance to demonstrate maturity and responsibility, but there are also risks. Unsupervised teens are more likely to experiment with drugs and alcohol. Don’t make the mistake of assuming your teen would never do this. Instead, if you have to leave your teen alone this summer, take steps to reduce the risk that he’ll get into trouble.
When advanced ALS confined him to a bed and round-the-clock care, John Arthur and his partner of 20 years, Jim Obergefell, chartered a private plane with the help of generous donations from family and friends and headed off to get married. But after traveling from their home state of Ohio to Washington, D.C., to tie the knot officially, they soon discovered that their marriage would not be recognized on Arthur’s death certificate in Ohio. That is when the pair filed a civil lawsuit (knowing that Arthur would not live to see its resolution), asking that Ohio recognize their marriage.
Many teenagers still don’t appreciate the potential risks of prescription drugs, according to a recent study. However, the deadly epidemic of prescription drug abuse now results in more annual deaths than any illegal drug.
Legalized discrimination has real, tangible effects on the life prospects of those who are subject to its restrictions. Fortunately a number of laws have been passed in recent years that have made discrimination based on race, gender, physical impairment or sexual preference much more rare.
Consider two classroom scenarios: In the first, a teacher struggles to calm and reengage her class after the repeated disruptions of a student who cannot remain seated. He behaves impulsively—flipping over his desk and knocking books and papers out of other students’ hands—despite consequences (being removed from the reward system, being sent to the principal’s office, calls home to Mom). He laughs loudly and sporadically, and can rarely sit still for long. Sometimes, he becomes aggressive. When the boy leaves for the day, both he and his teacher are exhausted. He rides the bus home until he is kicked off the bus for “bad behavior,” and enters a home with a work-at-home mom and younger sister. Mom struggles to help her son until his father gets home, at which point Dad takes over. Theirs is a home of both love and disciple, though both parents are equally confused about their son’s behavior. A doctor tells them their son has ADHD and recommends medication; the behavior therapies and stimulants he is prescribed seem to help.
A new study from the University of Michigan warns that teens prescribed medications for anxiety or sleep disorders are at an increased risk for becoming drug abusers. The risk is significant, with teens prescribed these medications 12 times more likely than their peers to start abusing their drugs later. While trying to help teens with anxiety and sleep problems, doctors may be creating a generation of recreational drug abusers. Better education about the risks of prescription drug abuse, monitoring of prescriptions and alternatives to medication could help solve this problem and prevent teens from abusing drugs.
Sending a teen off to rehab is a heartbreaking thing to have to do as a parent, but it is the best way to help her heal from addiction. Once she’s been through a treatment program, she’s done the hard work, but not all of the work needed to be sober in the long term. She will need your love and support, as well as some practical guidance. Before you welcome your teen home from rehab, make sure you have a plan in place.