For teachers, day care providers, and other caregivers, knowing how to recognize the signs and symptoms of children who are living with parents that are struggling with addiction is important, as early intervention in such situations can lead to the most positive outcomes. Knowing the signs and symptoms of drug abuse in adults, as well as the indicators of abuse and neglect in children can be very helpful.
Holidays, family gatherings, celebrations — have you noticed that every time your family gets together, alcohol plays a central role? Have you wondered what sort of message that might send to your teenaged children? What’s the best way to stop drinking, for you, and how can you prevent your teenagers from drinking?
According to the 2016 Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey, rates of teenage drug and alcohol use are on an encouraging decline. However, any substance use by adolescents is too much. The most recent results from the MTF survey reveal that past-year use of illicit drugs other than marijuana stood at 5.4% of 8th-graders, 9.8% of 10th-graders, and 14.3% of 12th-graders, the lowest level in the history of the survey in all three grades. While this is good news indeed, it is no reason to take our eye off the ball when it comes to drug treatment for this age group. As a parent, how do you know when it’s time to enroll your child in a teen treatment center?
Recent studies have shown that the family and school environments can both protect Hispanic teens from and put them at risk for substance abuse. Many factors go into the initiation of substance abuse, including individual factors. However, the latest research is helping to pinpoint how external, social factors affect young Hispanics and may either lead them to substance abuse or prevent them from experimenting. Understanding these factors can help schools and communities develop strategies for preventing substance abuse in young people.
Approximately one in five U.S. schools has instituted mandatory student drug testing programs, but research suggests that these programs are not effective at reducing teenage drug abuse. Furthermore, regular testing of a reasonably-sized group of students can be expensive, and many critics feel that it is not a good use of limited school funding.
New findings from a team of American researchers indicate that teenagers who engage in regular, intermittent drinking can unwittingly trigger lasting dysfunction in the hippocampus, a part of the brain responsible for learning and memory.
Recent findings from a group of American researchers indicate that college students with the highest levels of alcohol intake are most likely to receive long-term benefits from brief alcohol interventions designed to curb dangerous drinking patterns.