The Teenage Road to Recovery

The Road to Recovery for Teens starts with early detection of addiction. Treatment can begin in several ways. The teen may have attended a youth-oriented 12-step program, spent time in a rehabilitation facility, or had an outpatient counselor visit. A professional treatment plan can help the adolescent achieve sobriety and prepare them for long-term recovery. This requires hard work, lifestyle changes, and continued support.

Teenage Defiance

If your teen displays warning signs of teenage defiance, it may be time to seek therapy. This can be individual, family, or group therapy. It is very important to understand that the teen years are a delicate time for personal growth, and certain behaviors, coping skills, and patterns from the adolescent years may continue well into adulthood and present greater challenges. This is why seeking treatment early is so important.

Teenage Violence

Many researchers have identified several risk factors for teenage violence. Exposure to violent situations, poor mental health, and childhood abuse have all been shown to increase the likelihood of becoming a violent offender. These factors can also contribute to the development of antisocial behaviors such as gang affiliation. The following are some examples of potential risk factors. In addition to the factors mentioned above, there are also some personal characteristics that may increase the risk of becoming a violent offender.

Talking About Marijuana With Teens

Before you discuss marijuana use with your child, you need to understand your expectations. As a parent, you may want your child to remain sober, but you may also want him or her to use marijuana in a social setting. If you give your child conflicting messages, your teen will get confused and may not meet your expectations. To avoid this, it is necessary to clearly state your expectations and set strict rules regarding marijuana use.

The Dangers of School

It’s that time of the year again. All the kids are getting ready for school. You are stressed over school supplies, registration, and car-pooling the whole neighborhood… but have you considered the dangers school can present for your teens? Here are some 2001 survey statistics, taken from grades 9-12, that you should know about:

Candy Coated Drugs

Latest drug trends are targeting children and youth by disguising hard drugs like meth and heroin to look and sound as innocent and inexpensive as candy. Meth cooks are adding flavoring such as strawberry and chocolate to make the drug look, smell, and even taste like candy. Also, heroin is being mixed with Tylenol PM and other cold medicines and sold for as little as $2 a hit. By disguising some of the bitter taste and steep price of drugs, and giving them innocent names such as “strawberry quick” and “cheese”, dealers are tricking many youth into believing that these drugs are harmless.

Seeing the Red Flags Before Tragedy Strikes

Last week Stephen Kazmierczak entered Northern Illinois University and began a shooting rampage killing six, wounding 16, and killing himself. This devastating event came “without warning” to many of the the gunmen’s friends and family. It seems stories like these are becoming common place in our society. Names like Omaha Nebraska Mall, Virginia Tech and Columbine Massacre come rushing to our minds. But can such a horrific event really come completely without warning? Are there possibly some red flags that could help prevent these tragedies?

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