Can an Epilepsy Medication Reduce the Risks for Morphine Addiction?

Posted on May 22, 2017 in Uncategorized

Hispanic Teens and Prescription Drug Abuse: A Worrying Trend

The number of Hispanic teens in the U.S. abusing prescription drugs is growing. Teens tend to abuse these drugs because they are easier to access than other substances and because they perceive them as being safer to abuse than illegal drugs. The major prescriptions of abuse among teens are narcotic painkillers and stimulants used to treat ADHD. Drug abuse during the teenage years puts young people at risk for a number of health, emotional and legal problems. Not least of these issues is addiction. Most addicts began abusing drugs at a young age.

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Posted on May 19, 2017 in Uncategorized

Discrimination and the Immigrant Paradox for Hispanic Teens

Recent research shows that Hispanic teens born in the U.S. suffer more mental health issues as a result of discrimination than their foreign-born peers. This is yet another example of the immigrant paradox, which has been seen in study after study: foreign-born Hispanics in the U.S. suffer fewer mental health issues and are less likely to abuse drugs or alcohol than Hispanics born here.

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Posted on May 18, 2017 in Teen Drinking, Teen Mental Health, Teen Treatment

Bicultural Stress and Drinking in Hispanic Immigrant Teens

Immigrating to the U.S. is the dream of many people throughout the Hispanic world, but once arrived, immigrants often struggle. Hispanic immigrants, especially young people, face a lot of pressures and difficulties in this country. For adolescents, the pressure of bicultural stress can be overwhelming. They face pressure from their parents and other older relatives to remember their heritage, and yet they also feel immense pressure to fit in with their new American peers. Recent research shows that, unsurprisingly, this stress can lead to an increased risk of substance abuse.

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Posted on May 17, 2017 in addiction recovery

How Recovery Can Help You Live a Better-Than-Normal Life

By Justin Steen, LCDC, Addiction Counselor and Regional Director of Outpatient Services for Promises Austin

A big part of recovering from addiction and living a sober life is being good to yourself — in every possible way. For many people in recovery, taking care of your physical, emotional and spiritual health becomes the focus of daily life. A benefit of applying this level of focus on self-care as a tool for sobriety is that you end up having a better life experience.

Rebuilding your life after addiction involves taking positive actions that reinforce your sobriety, and also allow you to feel fulfilled and to experience life in a way that, very likely, is better than it was when you were in active addiction.

If you recently completed addiction treatment, congratulations! You have gotten over a major hurdle and set a good foundation for a sober lifestyle. As you progress through your recovery process one day at a time, consider incorporating each of these seven positive actions or elements of recovery to help you create, and live, a better-than-normal life.

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Posted on May 16, 2017 in Drug Addiction

Heroin Epidemic Sweeps Albuquerque’s South Valley

In Albuquerque, New Mexico, a location made infamous by the wildly popular drug show “Breaking Bad,” a real epidemic of drug use is sweeping the city. Especially in the South Valley, a largely Hispanic neighborhood, families are seeing the devastation wrought by prescription drug abuse and, more recently, heroin. The South Valley is not the only part of the state to suffer in this way. New Mexico sets records for crime, overdose deaths and drug use. While some cities in the state have seen crackdowns that have improved life for residents, much of Albuquerque still needs to learn from their lessons.

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Posted on May 4, 2017 in adolescent addiction treatment

Here’s What You Need to Look for In Rehab for Your Teen


Parenting addicted teens is the ultimate challenge for a mother or father. If you are facing this situation, you may feel helpless, alone or desperate to get your child well again. The best thing you can do for your addicted teen is to get him into treatment. Rehab facilities that are dedicated to helping patients are numerous, and by knowing what to look for, you can find the right treatment program for your vulnerable teen.

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Posted on April 7, 2017 in Alcoholism

5 Ways That Schools Have Successfully Reduced Binge Drinking

Binge drinking has become a serious issue that schools have had difficulty dealing with. A 2015 report by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, established that nearly 40% of college students age 18-22 reported they’d engaged in binge drinking in the past month, compared with less than 33% of students the same age who had not. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), students who consume five or more drinks, if male, and four or more drinks, if female, within a 2-hour time-frame, have engaged in binge drinking. Schools with strong Greek systems and athletic programs tend to have students who drink more than those at schools where fraternities, sororities and sports programs are not as prevalent.

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