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You Think He's Using - Should You Drug Test Your Teen?

You’re seeing all the warning signs: Your child’s grades are sleeping, he’s becoming a recluse in his bedroom and no longer participating in the activities he used to love. Everything points to drug abuse, but should you go and buy a drug test to confirm your suspicions? More importantly, would it even help the situation? […]

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Tools of the Trade: How to Spot OxyContin Paraphernalia

Tools of the Trade: Being a parent is tough, but the job becomes tougher once those teenage years roll around. Though “popular” or “trendy” drugs of abuse change, their paraphernalia items stay the same…and we can use that to our advantage. The sooner we recognize signs of drug abuse, the sooner we can intervene. Tools […]

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Sticks and Stones: Words Really Can Impact Recovery

Lisa’s counselor asks her specific questions – he wants to know more about her goals and how she plans to achieve them. As he listens, the counselor guides Lisa’s responses to help her avoid generalizing, distorting and committing other common communication mistakes we all tend to make. To help Lisa feel more comfortable, he mimics […]

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Don't Look Back: Stop Repeating the Same Old Mistakes

“Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – George Santayana Thanks for the tip, George. Does that mean if we remember our mistakes, we won’t repeat them? That would be a relief for us all, right? We’d simply keep in mind what we have done wrong in the past, then […]

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Can a Month without Booze Give You Homer Simpson Results?

A classic episode of The Simpsons finds Homer challenged by Marge to give up drinking for 30 days. At the end of the month, he’s lost weight, saved money and appears to be healthier overall. Ironically, Homer decides it’s time to celebrate; he races to the bar so he can knock back a few beers with his […]

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7 Undeniable Signs Your Teen is Abusing Meth

Low income adult males – this used to be the typical meth user. Not anymore. Now, it is common for people from all walks of life and all ages to be caught in the deadly cycle of meth abuse. And, unfortunately, the modern cycle of meth abuse and addiction now largely includes teenagers. With today […]

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Should Kids Undergo Mandatory Drug Testing at School?

Jen, a popular eighth student and former member of the honor roll, had a secret. For months, she had been hiding alcohol bottles under her desk at school. She’d also amassed quite the stash of alcohol in her closet at home. Although Jen was consuming somewhere around two pints of alcohol every day, no one […]

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Children with Military Parents at Higher Risk of Addiction

Eddie spent most of his upbringing without a father. He had one who wanted to be in his life, but was sent to fight overseas with the U.S. Army on three separate occasions. When his father returned from his last tour when he was 15, the PTSD he suffered from what he witnessed in combat […]

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Linking Picky Eating Habits, Depression and Anxiety

Marco pushes most of his dinner around his plate with a fork, eating his pasta but leaving everything else untouched. For a three-year-old, this is considered fairly typical behavior. Most children who are picky eaters are expected to grow out of it by adolescence. When those who don’t grow out of their picky eating habits, […]

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The Making of an Addicted Newborn

Although pregnancy is a life-changing event that motivates many women to seek help for drug addiction, others continue to struggle during pregnancy. The consequences of drug abuse during pregnancy can be devastating for both the mother and unborn child. The Process of Addiction Unborn babies that are continually exposed to drugs in the womb are […]

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You Think He's Using - Should You Drug Test Your Teen?

You’re seeing all the warning signs: Your child’s grades are sleeping, he’s becoming a recluse in his bedroom and no longer participating in the activities he used to love. Everything points to drug abuse, but should you go and buy a drug test to confirm your suspicions? More importantly, would it even help the situation? […]

Read more »
Tools of the Trade: How to Spot OxyContin Paraphernalia

Tools of the Trade: Being a parent is tough, but the job becomes tougher once those teenage years roll around. Though “popular” or “trendy” drugs of abuse change, their paraphernalia items stay the same…and we can use that to our advantage. The sooner we recognize signs of drug abuse, the sooner we can intervene. Tools […]

Read more »
Sticks and Stones: Words Really Can Impact Recovery

Lisa’s counselor asks her specific questions – he wants to know more about her goals and how she plans to achieve them. As he listens, the counselor guides Lisa’s responses to help her avoid generalizing, distorting and committing other common communication mistakes we all tend to make. To help Lisa feel more comfortable, he mimics […]

Read more »
Don't Look Back: Stop Repeating the Same Old Mistakes

“Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – George Santayana Thanks for the tip, George. Does that mean if we remember our mistakes, we won’t repeat them? That would be a relief for us all, right? We’d simply keep in mind what we have done wrong in the past, then […]

Read more »
Can a Month without Booze Give You Homer Simpson Results?

A classic episode of The Simpsons finds Homer challenged by Marge to give up drinking for 30 days. At the end of the month, he’s lost weight, saved money and appears to be healthier overall. Ironically, Homer decides it’s time to celebrate; he races to the bar so he can knock back a few beers with his […]

Read more »
7 Undeniable Signs Your Teen is Abusing Meth

Low income adult males – this used to be the typical meth user. Not anymore. Now, it is common for people from all walks of life and all ages to be caught in the deadly cycle of meth abuse. And, unfortunately, the modern cycle of meth abuse and addiction now largely includes teenagers. With today […]

Read more »
Should Kids Undergo Mandatory Drug Testing at School?

Jen, a popular eighth student and former member of the honor roll, had a secret. For months, she had been hiding alcohol bottles under her desk at school. She’d also amassed quite the stash of alcohol in her closet at home. Although Jen was consuming somewhere around two pints of alcohol every day, no one […]

Read more »
Children with Military Parents at Higher Risk of Addiction

Eddie spent most of his upbringing without a father. He had one who wanted to be in his life, but was sent to fight overseas with the U.S. Army on three separate occasions. When his father returned from his last tour when he was 15, the PTSD he suffered from what he witnessed in combat […]

Read more »
Linking Picky Eating Habits, Depression and Anxiety

Marco pushes most of his dinner around his plate with a fork, eating his pasta but leaving everything else untouched. For a three-year-old, this is considered fairly typical behavior. Most children who are picky eaters are expected to grow out of it by adolescence. When those who don’t grow out of their picky eating habits, […]

Read more »
The Making of an Addicted Newborn

Although pregnancy is a life-changing event that motivates many women to seek help for drug addiction, others continue to struggle during pregnancy. The consequences of drug abuse during pregnancy can be devastating for both the mother and unborn child. The Process of Addiction Unborn babies that are continually exposed to drugs in the womb are […]

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Another Reason to Pay Attention to Your Gut Feelings

New research out of Belgium shows bacteria found in the human gastrointestinal tract not only promotes inflammation, it can also spark dangerous alcohol cravings among problem drinkers. This is an alarming piece of information, as it seems to indicate cravings can be spurred on by our own bodies. The Research Phase The study, published in […]

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Proactive Parenting: Keeping Kids Safe from Addiction

Drug use continues to be a major issue among pre-teens and adolescents. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports 36 percent of all 12th-graders smoked marijuana last year, while 15 percent illegally abused prescription drugs. As if that weren’t bad enough, the data shows children as young as 10 years old are experimenting with alcohol and […]

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A Straightforward Alcohol Addiction Assessment

Defining alcohol addiction is relatively straightforward, thanks to the research that has happened over the past thirty years. It’s defined as a “primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry.” It’s no longer seen as a moral failing, which makes getting addiction treatment and seeking help a lot easier. It’s also had […]

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