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Kids, Drug Abuse and Divorce: 3 Tips to Protect Your Family

Jon is 54, and he’s going through a divorce. He worries about his daughter, Nina, who is 12. “She’s a happy kid, a resilient kid,” he says, “But I worry about how she’ll handle the divorce.” Jon’s father had serious drinking problems; he’s had his own difficulties with alcohol and, at times, other drugs. Some […]

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Parents in Recovery: How Do I Rebuild My Kids’ Trust?

“My children will never speak to me again if I have another drink,” said Jan, 58, mother of two children in their twenties. She had taken a leave from her prestigious job to go to rehab, and stayed sober for three years, attending AA meetings regularly and working a solid program. But it took more […]

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Our Teen's Coming Home from Treatment: Are We Ready?

When a child comes home from treatment, it can be a time of celebration, but there’s usually a lot of tension, too. What if he or she drinks/uses again? How much should we be involved in the child’s “program?” Should we get rid of all the wine in the house? Will we ever be a […]

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Parental Burn-Out: When Teens Test Your Recovery Limits

As the slam of the bedroom door rocked the house, Kevin sank onto the living room couch. He just finished round two (for today) with his teenage son. Why did adolescence have to be so dramatic? He could hardly speak to his son without an argument exploding out of the conversation. Kevin worked hard to […]

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5 Things To Do For Your Addicted Teen

It was a moment Tom would never forget. He was simply gathering the dirty laundry from his kids’ bedrooms. When he got to 15-year-old Laura’s room, he found a lot more than the dirty socks he was expecting. Beneath a pile of crumpled clothes, Tom discovered a bag of pills. Suddenly, his daughter’s recent behavior […]

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Skeletons in the Closet: Telling Teens About Your Past Drug Use

“If she only knew,” thought Jill. Jill recently caught her teenage daughter experimenting with drugs. At 16, Beth was a sophomore and had little history of trouble in school or otherwise. Jill worried her innocent daughter was headed down the same path she took at 17 – a trajectory that went downhill fast. As she […]

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Has Iceland Discovered the Secret to Keeping Teens Off Drugs?

Iceland has produced some impressive statistics. From 1998 to 2016, the percentage of 15-16-year-old Icelandic youth who used cannabis fell from 17 percent to five percent. The percentage of youth who were drunk in the past 30 days dropped from 42 percent to five percent. Daily cigarette smoking decreased from 23 percent to three percent. […]

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Will Your Little Bully Grow Up to Become an Addicted Adult?

These days, you can find them in every classroom and on every playground. They seek out other children to torment with threats, intimidation, and physical abuse. They’re childhood bullies. But what happens when these little bullies grow up? The Snowball Effect Unfortunately, for a large portion of childhood bullies, things don’t get much better. Why? […]

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The Anatomy of a Recovering Parent's Apology

You’re in early recovery. Getting here wasn’t easy, but you’re proud of the progress you’ve made and determined to live a life of continued sobriety. Your head is finally clear and you realize the damage you’ve caused to the people who love you the most. You’ve apologized to your spouse. You’ve told your boss you’re […]

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5 Ways a Mentor Can Impact Your Teen’s Recovery

Maintaining sobriety is hard work, and no one should go at it alone. That’s why many in support groups reach out to mentors to help them navigate the choppy waters of early recovery. Just because your teen is young doesn’t mean he or she shouldn’t have someone to reach out to – a neutral party […]

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Kids, Drug Abuse and Divorce: 3 Tips to Protect Your Family

Jon is 54, and he’s going through a divorce. He worries about his daughter, Nina, who is 12. “She’s a happy kid, a resilient kid,” he says, “But I worry about how she’ll handle the divorce.” Jon’s father had serious drinking problems; he’s had his own difficulties with alcohol and, at times, other drugs. Some […]

Read more »
Parents in Recovery: How Do I Rebuild My Kids’ Trust?

“My children will never speak to me again if I have another drink,” said Jan, 58, mother of two children in their twenties. She had taken a leave from her prestigious job to go to rehab, and stayed sober for three years, attending AA meetings regularly and working a solid program. But it took more […]

Read more »
Our Teen's Coming Home from Treatment: Are We Ready?

When a child comes home from treatment, it can be a time of celebration, but there’s usually a lot of tension, too. What if he or she drinks/uses again? How much should we be involved in the child’s “program?” Should we get rid of all the wine in the house? Will we ever be a […]

Read more »
Parental Burn-Out: When Teens Test Your Recovery Limits

As the slam of the bedroom door rocked the house, Kevin sank onto the living room couch. He just finished round two (for today) with his teenage son. Why did adolescence have to be so dramatic? He could hardly speak to his son without an argument exploding out of the conversation. Kevin worked hard to […]

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Hospital Volunteers Soothe Addicted Babies With the Cuddle Cure

Just three days old, baby Matthew trembles in the hospital volunteer’s arms. As she holds him close, she quiets Matthew’s cries, and he drifts into a more restful sleep. What is the source of Matthew’s tremors? He’s suffering from withdrawal. The Painful Truth About NAS Matthew is just one of the 13,000+ babies born in […]

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5 Things To Do For Your Addicted Teen

It was a moment Tom would never forget. He was simply gathering the dirty laundry from his kids’ bedrooms. When he got to 15-year-old Laura’s room, he found a lot more than the dirty socks he was expecting. Beneath a pile of crumpled clothes, Tom discovered a bag of pills. Suddenly, his daughter’s recent behavior […]

Read more »
Skeletons in the Closet: Telling Teens About Your Past Drug Use

“If she only knew,” thought Jill. Jill recently caught her teenage daughter experimenting with drugs. At 16, Beth was a sophomore and had little history of trouble in school or otherwise. Jill worried her innocent daughter was headed down the same path she took at 17 – a trajectory that went downhill fast. As she […]

Read more »
Has Iceland Discovered the Secret to Keeping Teens Off Drugs?

Iceland has produced some impressive statistics. From 1998 to 2016, the percentage of 15-16-year-old Icelandic youth who used cannabis fell from 17 percent to five percent. The percentage of youth who were drunk in the past 30 days dropped from 42 percent to five percent. Daily cigarette smoking decreased from 23 percent to three percent. […]

Read more »
Will Your Little Bully Grow Up to Become an Addicted Adult?

These days, you can find them in every classroom and on every playground. They seek out other children to torment with threats, intimidation, and physical abuse. They’re childhood bullies. But what happens when these little bullies grow up? The Snowball Effect Unfortunately, for a large portion of childhood bullies, things don’t get much better. Why? […]

Read more »
The Anatomy of a Recovering Parent's Apology

You’re in early recovery. Getting here wasn’t easy, but you’re proud of the progress you’ve made and determined to live a life of continued sobriety. Your head is finally clear and you realize the damage you’ve caused to the people who love you the most. You’ve apologized to your spouse. You’ve told your boss you’re […]

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