Download the Free E-Book "What to Expect from Treatment"

Tag: teens

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.

Read more about Teen Substance Abuse: Action More Productive Than Blame

Popular Peers Set Tone for Teen Drinking

Posted on April 23, 2014 in Alcohol Addiction

Popular Peers Set Tone for Teen DrinkingPeer groups are groups of people who see each other as bound together by such mutual ties as age, background, social circle, hobbies or other interests. All peer groups establish spoken and unspoken rules for conduct known collectively as norms. In a study published in January 2014 in the journal Addictive Behaviors, an international research team examined the ways in which peer group norms affect teenage boys’ perceptions of alcohol consumption and the drinking habits of others. These researchers found that the social popularity of any given peer expressing a viewpoint on alcohol intake significantly affects how a teenage boy perceives drinking norms within the group.

Read more about Popular Peers Set Tone for Teen Drinking

Drug Scare Tactics Backfire

Posted on March 4, 2014 in Research & News

Drug Scare Tactics Backfire Scare tactics are widely employed in drug education programs designed for young people.  Tragic and gruesome depictions of the dangers of drinking and driving, warnings that treat the worst possible reaction to a drug as inevitable, or dramatic re-enactments of the consequences of drug use can be classed as scare tactics. Parents might choose to point out a news story about someone who died after taking a drug as a warning to their child or recite possession penalties and show their kids pictures of dank jail cells. These strategies may have an understandable theory, it’s actually fairly clear that, if anything, they may evoke the opposite of the intended result. 

Read more about Drug Scare Tactics Backfire

Who, or What, Is Molly?

Posted on January 15, 2014 in Club Drugs

Who, or What, Is Molly?The East Coast has recently seen a number of deaths of young people from a drug called Molly. Most notable were the deaths of two partiers in their early 20s at the Electric Zoo music festival on Labor Day. The two people collapsed at the event on Randall’s Island and were found to have exceptionally high body temperatures. Molly was found to be the culprit and the third day of the festival was cancelled after the incident. Earlier in the summer, three young people in Boston overdosed on Molly, one a 19-year-old college student. Other incidents have occurred throughout the country.

Molly is a drug that has shown up in the news for causing deaths and overdoses at rock and techno music festivals and at clubs. It has also been referenced by celebrities, specifically in popular songs by Kanye West and Miley Cyrus and by Madonna at her concerts. So who is this Molly? She may be causing a rash of problems now, but she is just a new name for a drug that has been around for a long time. 

Read more about Who, or What, Is Molly?

Puberty Can Affect How Teens Make Decisions

Posted on December 20, 2013 in Research & News

Puberty Can Affect How Teens Make DecisionsThere are advantages to reaching puberty ahead of one’s peers. For boys it can mean being taller and stronger sooner, earning them admiration and respect while outperforming other boys on the athletic field. For girls it can mean feeling more grown-up than her girlfriends.

But a survey conducted by a research team at the University of Texas at Austin found that getting to puberty ahead of classmates can have downsides.

The team asked 6,892 boys and girls ages 11-17 to gauge their body’s pubertal development based on voice, facial hair, breast development, complexion, body hair and menstruation as compared to their peers.

Read more about Puberty Can Affect How Teens Make Decisions

Is the Teenage Brain Wired for Addiction?

Posted on December 10, 2013 in Research & News

Is the Teenage Brain Wired for Addiction?Research has shown that if you start drinking before the age of 14, there is a 40 percent chance you will become dependent on alcohol, compared to a 10 percent chance for those who start at age 20 or later. The same general result also holds for other substances such as cocaine and marijuana. This puts the importance of the teenage years into context when it comes to addiction—it’s a critical period during which a step in the wrong direction could have catastrophic consequences throughout life.

The main question is: why do teens seem more susceptible to addiction than adults? The answer lies in neurology; the structural changes taking place (and due to take place) in the teen brain effectively put them at greater risk for addiction. Through a biological quirk, you could argue that the teenage brain is literally wired for addiction.

Read more about Is the Teenage Brain Wired for Addiction?

Puberty Can Affect How Teens Make Decisions

Posted on December 5, 2013 in Research & News

Puberty Can Affect How Teens Make DecisionsThere are advantages to reaching puberty ahead of one’s peers. For boys it can mean being taller and stronger sooner, earning them admiration and respect while outperforming other boys on the athletic field. For girls it can mean feeling more grown-up than her girlfriends.

But a survey conducted by a research team at the University of Texas at Austin found that getting to puberty ahead of classmates can have downsides.

The team asked 6,892 boys and girls ages 11-17 to gauge their body’s pubertal development based on voice, facial hair, breast development, complexion, body hair and menstruation as compared to their peers.

Read more about Puberty Can Affect How Teens Make Decisions

Teenage Marijuana Use and Anxiety Disorders Found to Be Linked

Posted on October 8, 2013 in Marijuana Addiction

Teenage Marijuana Use and Anxiety Disorders Found to Be LinkedAlthough marijuana possession was decriminalized in many parts of the country, followed by legal medical marijuana use approved in close to half of the nation and most recently recreational use made legal in Washington and Colorado, the move towards acceptance may be ahead of the science which can give a more accurate picture of its potential dangers.

Research has definitely taken on a new urgency given the current pro-marijuana climate both here and abroad. Separate U.S. and Australian studies suggest that using marijuana regularly is connected to later anxiety disorders. Furthermore, steady pot smoking during adolescence can lead to anxiety problems in adulthood, even if the teen eventually quits as long as a decade ahead of time.

Read more about Teenage Marijuana Use and Anxiety Disorders Found to Be Linked

More Teens Die from Drug Overdoses than Vehicle Accidents

Posted on September 30, 2013 in Research & News

More Teens Die from Drug Overdoses than Vehicle AccidentsWhen parents hand their children the car keys they often accompany it with the words, “Be careful.” Motor vehicle accidents have been taking the lives of over 30,000 people each year for the last several years. But a new study reveals that another danger is threatening the lives of youths much more than the road.

A national study revealed that more teens are dying from drug overdoses than people are dying from motor vehicle accidents. With drugs being more accessible these days than in years past, teens are finding drugs in school hallways, their friends’ homes and even in their own families’ medicine cabinets. The medical world is taking steps to better monitor the distribution of drugs, schools are still offering prevention programs and parents are starting to watch their medicine cabinets more closely while still talking to their children about the dangers of getting high.

Read more about More Teens Die from Drug Overdoses than Vehicle Accidents

Prescription Drug Abuse Tied to Suicidal Thoughts in Teens, Study Finds

Posted on August 29, 2013 in Prescription Drug Addiction

Prescription Drug Abuse Tied to Suicidal Thoughts in Teens, Study FindsOpioids and stimulants are among the most commonly abused forms of prescription medication in the U.S. In both teenagers and adults, ongoing abuse (or physical dependence stemming from that abuse) can lead to diagnosis of a mental health condition called substance use disorder. In a study published in 2013 in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, researchers from the University of Denver identified the types of prescription opioids and stimulants most commonly abused by teenagers. These researchers also determined the most likely health outcomes of prescription stimulant and opioid abuse.

Read more about Prescription Drug Abuse Tied to Suicidal Thoughts in Teens, Study Finds

Provided by Elements Behavioral Health
855-837-1334
Drug Addiction is a Progressive & Deadly disease. Get Help Now!