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Underage Drinking and Peer Influence

Posted on September 20, 2016 in Teen Drinking

What Influences Teen Drinking?

A teen’s decision to participate in illegal, underage drinking is not a simple one, although it may seem like it at the time. There are several factors that go into making that choice, including family history, academic pressure, learned coping strategies, peers and friends, and what parents say and do. Hispanic youth have the added factor of bicultural stress informing the choice to drink or not, but all teens share many of the same life experiences. One of the most important of these is the group of young people they see and associate with every day. New research tells us that friends are important when it comes to the decision to drink.

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Sexting and Cyberbullying

Posted on August 29, 2016 in Teen Mental Health

Teen Sexting, Cyberbullying Put Parents on Edge

Go back five years and few people could even define the term “sexting.” Now sexting is entrenched in both the conversation and habits of many people who find it both fun and stimulating. According to Pew Research, sexting is growing rapidly among couples and singles. The number of young people ages 18 to 24 who report receiving sexts increased from 26% in 2012 to 44% in 2014. Sophisticated technology found in smartphones makes snapping photos —and sending, receiving and resending them — extremely easy.

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Cheating and Affairs

Posted on August 15, 2016 in Relationships

The Spider Woman and Her Pursuit of the Revenge Affair

There are several types of people who cheat. When it comes to the spider woman, infidelity is a dangerous game. She is no innocent cheater who falls into an affair by accident. She doesn’t unintentionally develop an emotional bond to a coworker that goes too far or reconnect with an ex and discover old feelings. The spider woman is intentional. She wants revenge and she wants to hurt someone. Watch out for this kind of cheater and stay out of her web.

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Yoga for Drug Addiction Recovery

Posted on August 1, 2016 in 12 Step

What 20 Minutes of Yoga Can Do for the Addicted Brain

Mind-body practices like yoga have been shown to decrease stress and anxiety and contribute to an overall sense of well-being, with reports of these changes occurring after just one session. For individuals in recovery from an addiction to alcohol or other drugs, this ancient Indian system of healthcare can quickly imbue hope that a return to wellness is achievable.

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Posted on July 18, 2016 in Addiction

LGBT Youth Begin Abusing Prescription Drugs Earlier Than Others

LGBT status is an important factor when it comes to early initiation into prescription drug misuse and abuse, according to a study published in the journal Addictive Behaviors. The results of the study suggest that LBGT youth who misuse or abuse prescription medications are more likely to do so earlier than non-LGBT youth who also misuse or abuse their drugs. The study also found that a childhood history of neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse or emotional abuse affected the average age at which LGBT youth began to misuse or abuse prescription medications.

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