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Adolescent Drug Abuse

Teens Would Up Pot Use If Legal, Survey Finds

Posted on May 5, 2014 in Adolescent Drug Abuse

Teens Would Up Pot Use If Legal, Survey FindsDoctors, researchers and public health officials are well aware that a certain percentage of people who use cannabis (marijuana, hashish and hashish oil) either occasionally or on a regular basis will eventually develop diagnosable symptoms of cannabis-related addiction. In turn, the number of people who develop such an addiction depends largely on the sheer number of people who use cannabis products in their lifetime. In a study published in February 2014 in the International Journal of Drug Policy, researchers from New York University sought to determine if recent movements to legalize cannabis intake (typically, marijuana intake) will ultimately result in an increase in the overall number of lifetime cannabis users in the U.S.

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Teen Substance Abuse: Action More Productive Than Blame

Posted on April 25, 2014 in Adolescent Drug Abuse

Is there a tougher job in the world than being a parent? What makes it so stressful and challenging is that no matter how hard you try you can never be sure you are doing the right thing for your kids or giving them precisely what they need. We learn to be good parents largely through trial and error, and by the time we get really skilled at it, our kids might very well be headed out the door ready to start their own lives.

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Spice Makers Still Trying to Skirt Laws

Posted on May 8, 2013 in Adolescent Drug Abuse

Spice Makers Still Trying to Skirt LawsA desire to escape the emotional turmoil of the teenage years leads some teens to try substances like alcohol, marijuana and even prescription medication. While all of these substances have obstacles to acquisition, there is one dangerous substance that is easily obtained at any age.

According to a recent CNN report, the substance is a type of synthetic weed that is packaged and sold as “potpourri’ at gas stations. While the substance may seem harmless and the buyer may assume it’s safe due to its availability, its use can actually be fatal. For Emily Bauer, it almost cost her the ultimate price – her life. 

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Alcohol and Marijuana Impact Adolescent White Matter

Posted on December 29, 2012 in Adolescent Drug Abuse

It is during adolescence that experts believe the brain matures, creating the foundation for self control. Researchers have recently discovered that alcohol and marijuana use plays a significant role in how the brain develops during those teen years.

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Young Adults Having Strokes: Research Suggests Abusing Alcohol or Drugs as Factor

Posted on December 10, 2012 in Adolescent Drug Abuse

New research is connecting premature strokes to alcohol or drug abuse alongside smoking, and drawing new attention to what was once a health problem primarily tied to older generations. In fact, a new demographic related to stroked may focus on the rising risk for people ages 18 to 44, a group not previously tied to stroke risk.

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Symptoms of Teen Substance Abuse

Posted on August 16, 2012 in Adolescent Drug Abuse

While several kinds of substance abuse are on the decline among American teens, others are on the rise. Some may use substances and never become emotionally and/or physically chained to the behavior, but some will continue to use and abuse substances even when doing so begins tearing away relationships, opportunities, health and more. This is part of what defines addiction in fact; the use of a mood-changing behavior or substance regardless of negative consequences.

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Is This the Summer Your Teen Becomes an Addict?

Posted on July 24, 2012 in Adolescent Drug Abuse

It’s a balmy day in July. The sun is shining, the birds are singing – and teens all over the country are getting high. It’s a sad reality many parents are loath to accept: Teens take advantage of the freedom of summer to experiment with drugs, sending some down an accidental path toward addiction.

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Treating Teens for Depression Can Lower Risk of Future Substance Abuse

Posted on June 15, 2012 in Adolescent Drug Abuse

The changes and pressures of adolescence weigh heavily on some children. Physical and psychological changes are rapidly changing the child into a young adult. Depression can easily take hold at this vulnerable time of maturing. By the teen years, most children will have already had their first encounter with drugs and alcohol.

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Behavioral Treatments for Adolescents with Drug Addiction

Posted on February 13, 2012 in Adolescent Drug Abuse

Teens who abuse or are addicted to drugs cannot be treated using the same methods developed for adult populations, as adolescents have their own unique treatment needs. Studies reveal that adult treatments typically need to be modified for teen populations, often with a heavier emphasis on family-based therapy. This is due, in large part, to the fact that behavior of other family members can have a negative (or positive) impact on teen behavior and it is often the case that teen drug addiction is indicative of a large problem within the household.

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Teens Helping Other Teens with Substance Abuse Decrease Their Own Cravings

Posted on November 20, 2011 in Adolescent Drug Abuse

A recent study funded by the John Templeton Foundation observed 195 adolescents who underwent substance abuse treatment to study the relationship between the 12-step adolescent program during treatments, clinical outcomes and their lifetime religious factors. The findings were replicated in prior collaborative studies by Dr. Maria Pagano, an associate professor of psychiatry at the Case Western Reserve University’s School of Medicine.

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