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How Your Addiction Is Devastating Your Kids

Posted on September 1, 2015 in Research & News

How Your Addiction Is Devastating Your KidsKids are resilient, but that doesn’t mean your addiction isn’t having a terrible effect. They may be resilient, but your kids are also sensitive and malleable. What you do and say (or don’t do and don’t say) affects them deeply. You may think that your addiction only hurts you, but you are completely wrong. It affects everyone around you, especially your kids who need you to be a loving, protective parent. Ask yourself, how does addiction affect the family? How does it affect my kids? With the answers you may finally be ready to get help and to get sober. 

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Strong Parent-Child Relationships Can Protect Teens From Inhalant Use

Posted on December 6, 2013 in Research & News

Strong Parent-Child Relationships Can Protect Teens From Inhalant UseThe parent-child relationship is the general term for the pattern of interaction that develops between parents and their children over time. The nature of this relationship goes a long way toward determining whether a child has a sense of security while growing up. In a study published in 2013 in the Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse, a team of American researchers sought to determine how the nature of a parent-child relationship affects the chances that a teenager will start using/abusing substances called inhalants.

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Trauma in Childhood Raises Risk of Addiction

Posted on June 3, 2013 in Research & News

Trauma in Childhood Raises Risk of AddictionResearchers continue to look for root causes behind drug addiction not only to help treat those with drug dependency, but also in hopes of preventing the illness from forming to begin with.  Drug use studies examine and re-examine the nature (human personality and genetic predisposition) and nurture (environment and external factors) sides of the equation.  One University of Cambridge study attempted to look at nature and nurture together.

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Treating Substance Abuse Can Have a Significant Impact on Reducing Domestic Abuse

Posted on February 17, 2012 in Drug Crimes

The correlation between substance abuse and domestic abuse must be drawn but experts are hesitant to casually connect the two in a recent article. Nearly 80 percent of cases involving domestic violence also have a substance abuse component. The results of both substance abuse and domestic abuse don’t go away over night and sometimes have the hardest affects on children in the home.

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Children of Drug Addicts Are More Likely to Have Problems as Adults

Posted on October 26, 2011 in Alcohol Addiction

According to the Alcohol Addiction Ireland website, the average Irish adult consumed 11.9 litres of alcohol in 2010. The website reports that problems associated with alcohol cost Ireland around €3.7billion in 2007.

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Foster Children May Receive Three Times Higher Levels of Prescription Medications

Foster Children May Receive Three Times Higher Levels of Prescription Medications

Posted on October 1, 2010 in Prescription Drug Addiction

Children involved in the foster system have already experienced neglect or some type of abuse, but recent research suggests they may also receive high numbers of prescription medications. A 2010 report published by Medco Health Solutions indicates close to half (42 percent) of all kids in the foster system are being prescribed drugs to alter or modify their moods; many have prescriptions for three or more medications. Findings suggest providers take a closer look at how prescriptions are administered to children in the foster system, especially in terms of focusing on the child’s individual needs for emotional recovery.

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High Levels of Opium and Heroin Detected in Very Young Afghan Children

Posted on April 20, 2010 in Research & News

A team of researchers hired by the US State Department has found staggering levels of opium and heroin in Afghan children as young as 14 months. "I think we’ve opened a can of worms," said Bruce Goldberger, one of the University of Florida scientists heading up the study, who spoke exclusively with Brian Ross for a report airing on World News with Diane Sawyer and Nightline tonight.

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Childhood Sleep Problems Linked to Later Drug and Alcohol Use

Posted on April 6, 2010 in Research & News

Sleep problems are a major public health issue in the United States. In 2006, for example, more than half of 6th to 12th graders reported feeling tired or sleepy, and more than 30 percent reported having problems remaining asleep during the night. A first-of-its-kind study has found a long-term relationship between childhood sleep problems and subsequent alcohol and drug outcomes. Results will be published in the June 2010 issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research and are currently available at Early View.

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Video Games May Hamper Academic Development in Some Children

Posted on March 11, 2010 in Internet & Video Game Addiction

Parents may want to encourage moderation when it comes to their kids’ video game habits. According to new findings in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, video games may hamper academic development in some children.

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Researchers Studying Addictive Effects of Caffeine on Young People

Posted on December 31, 2009 in Types of Addiction

Being “addicted” to caffeine is considered perfectly normal among adults. But how strong is caffeine’s appeal in young people who regularly drink caffeine-laden soft drinks? What impact does acute and chronic caffeine consumption have on children’s blood pressure, heart rate, and hand tremor? Does consuming caffeinated drinks during adolescence contribute to later use of legal or illicit drugs?

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