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The teenage years are often filled with risky behaviors and feelings of invincibility. These two characteristics that tend to create a sense of unease in parents of adolescents. Though these risky behaviors take a number of different forms, one of the most common is binge drinking. The National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse defines binge […]
When most people think of teens and drug abuse, they conjure up thoughts of cocaine, heroin, MDMA, and other illegal drugs at raging high school parties. The truth about teens and drug abuse, however, is quite a different one. Some of the drugs most commonly abused by teens are, in fact, prescription drugs. What is […]
Recent studies have found that approximately 33 percent of college students are carrying a fake ID. Some see this as a pandemic problem, while others view it more as a rite of passage. However, New York is taking steps to make using a fake ID more difficult in the coming years. The Empire State is […]
In the US, one out of seven high school students drops out before they make it to graduation day. This is an alarming statistic in this day and age where a college degree barely guarantees a future income that can support a family. Perhaps not surprisingly, a new report from the Substance Abuse and Mental […]
First of all, a trend has been growing over the last few years in suburban America. Teen heroin use is on the rise. Most people think of heroin addiction as a problem relegated to the inner cities. But the prescription drug epidemic has pulled heroin out of the urban sector and into suburbia. Therefore, parents must […]
Living in a household with a brother or sister who is suffering from addiction can be a stressful experience for anyone, particularly another young person. In addition to the normal, sometimes confusing aspects of growing up, the siblings of addicted teens may face an unstable environment that is not of their own making. It is […]
Parents might know that teens tend to experiment with drugs and alcohol, but they might also believe that it’s something that occurs late in adolescence. The truth is that drug and alcohol abuse can begin quite early in life. For example, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry states that the average age of […]