Why Teens Develop a Drug Addiction

Why Teens Develop a Drug Addiction

For parents and family members who discover that their teenager has developed a drug addiction, there can be a lot of anger and confusion.  You doubt yourself and wonder if you somehow failed at parenting.  You wonder if it’s all downhill into some terrifying Hollywood version of strung out criminals.

First off, chill out.

Tips for Teens Fighting Addiction

Tips for Teens Fighting Addiction

It’s all too common to think that you can handle your addiction on your own or that you can somehow muscle your way through it without thinking about how the recovery will all play out.  This kind of thinking and poor judgment is often the reason teens wind up relapsing back into their old habits after trying to give up the drugs or alcohol.

Adolescence is a Critical Time for Preventing Drug Addiction

Adolescence is a Critical Time for Preventing Drug Addiction

Teenagers are the most susceptible age group for a predisposition to trying drugs and alcohol.  It’s an experimental time in life when you’re figuring out who you are and what you want to be.  Drug experimentation, especially in response to peer pressure, is incredibly common during the adolescent years.

10 Signs Your Teen is Using Drugs

10 Signs Your Teen is Using Drugs

Raising a teenager is tough work and, despite your best efforts, there may come a day when you suspect that your teen is using drugs.  There are a number of reasons you may suspect your teen has a substance abuse problem.  Perhaps you read a disturbing text or overheard your teen having a conversation about drugs.  Whatever reason you may have for suspecting drug use, there are a few signs to watch for.

Addiction and Withdrawal Coping Strategies for Teens

Addiction and Withdrawal Coping Strategies for Teens

There are two types of coping strategies; problem-solving strategies and emotion-focused strategies.  Problem-solving strategies are efforts to do something active to alleviate stressful circumstances.  Emotion-focused strategies involve efforts to regulate the emotional consequences of stressful or potentially stressful events.