Addiction And Adolescence
Adolescence is perhaps the most difficult time in a young person’s life. Teens are the most vulnerable to peer pressure, often experimenting with drug or alcohol use without awareness of the potentially devastating damage that can occur with prolonged use. Because the brain is not fully developed during adolescence, changes in the brain from drug or alcohol use occur quickly, making teens even more susceptible to addiction.
Let’s explore more about adolescence with the articles below.
Articles About Adolescents
Families so often want to wait till after the holidays to have their loved ones go to treatment. Through the years I have often wondered what the wisdom is in that. Truth is most folks who have a loved one with a substance use disorder, process disorder or chronic...
Not too sure what has gotten into my head today yet I just wrote a blog on its all about the bacon…really it’s about the childhood smells of food that comforted me when things got tough. Then I got to thinking about my childhood and how we often repeat what we don’t...
Lately I have been thinking about what prompts reckless behavior. We all know that in the past 4 months we have been cautioned to act with reserve, to stay put, to social distance and to wear masks. However, life is messy, and events have occurred which have served as...
This morning I was drinking my coffee and reflecting on my family, my work and you dear friends. I wondered do I truly hold space for those I love and care for and work with. In the addiction and behavioral health field we talk a lot about being in gratitude, of doing...
None of us will get through life without a few scrapes, some losses, some wins. Sometimes things just hurt us, part of being human is experiencing pain. Most of us are in the same boat. When we are suffering or going through painful things, it's helpful to have a...
A Tornado Of A Childhood Last week a wonderful family called me. They were worried about their little boy. Both parents were in recovery and had grown up in alcoholic families. They were concerned about their child. He was 7 and every night he awoke with terrors of...
The other morning, I received a frantic phone call. A young college student who after night of smoking pot and drinking alcohol did not want to live. God must have been on our side as I was able to call 911 and the police were able to get there in time and help this...
Dear Reader, I love Halloween with all the tricks and treats, and how everyone gets to let their inner child out by dressing up and becoming someone they always wanted to be. This year my 6-year-old granddaughter wants to be Supergirl, while her brothers plan to dress...
An Open Letter to Juul (and Dr. Mark Rubenstein): It was recently reported by the L.A. Times that you, Juul Labs, have hired Dr. Mark Rubenstein as your medical director from the University of San Francisco to oversee your research in an effort to legitimize Juul....
Additional Resources For Adolescents
Christine Carter PhD
Bradshaw On the Family
The Journey of The Heroic Parent
Brad M. Reedy PHD
Everything You Need to Know about Chemical Dependence
Vernon E. Johnson
My dad Loves Me, My Dad Has a Disease
The Brown Bottle
It Will Never Happen to Me (children/teens)
Setting Rules And Limits Pamphlet
The Real Life Parenting Skills Program