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
What is it that you wanted most as a child and didn’t get?
In this edition we are going to take a look at the many facets of what it's like to have grown up in a family with mental health, substance abuse, and trauma. In my experience, everyone has a story that is worthwhile to hear, and we often learn from each other's...
3 Ways Novelty Creates Lasting Change
The other day I read a wonderful article about novelty by Alane K. Daugherty, Ph.D., who sees the benefit of taking a novel approach to change. She asserts that when we seek newness whether it's taking a different route to work, changing old behaviors or looking at...
2023 New Year, New You, New Hope
So here we are in a New Year and I am not sure exactly what I want to tackle. Looking back on 2022 I experienced a good many things, much that I enjoyed and am proud of. My team and I helped many families. We traveled near and far, touching the lives of others. I was...
Rainbow Colored Fentanyl: A Deadly Lure For Children
Last week, the city of Los Angeles issue an alert about recent Fentanyl overdoses. We wanted to make you aware of this important health alert from the Los Angeles Department of Public Health. We encourage you to take a moment to review the alert. Health Alert:...
Teens and Porn: What To Do (And Not To Do)
Let’s take a look at an always controversial topic: Teens and Porn. I came across an article in the Wall Street Journal that got me thinking about this. I am very interested in your viewpoint on this topic in general, and on what to do about it. Early Exposure in...
What Can Fear Teach Us?
Flying back from Munich to San Diego, I came across a German Proverb, “Fear makes the wolf bigger than he is.” As I contemplated this statement, I realized we all have fears, some of which can be quite imaginative and vocal, which may color the stories we tell...
How do you Deal with Difficult Relationships (Thanks to Adam Brady)
Life is always a series of connections of relationships. Naturally, we want relationships of meaning, of happiness, and of growth. Not all relationships are like that. Most of the time, my team and I deal with folks who have difficult relationships with loved ones....
Social Media Apps -Youth Exploitation and Legislative Oversight- A California update
I was excited to learn that my alma mater, the University of San Diego, their School of Law Children’s Advocacy Institute, along with Republican Jordan Cunningham of Paso Robles and Democrat Buffy Wikes Of Oakland, have authored a California bipartisan bill in state...
How Do You Talk to a Teen About Cannabis? – What’s Inside those Gummy bears and Chocolate chip Cookies?
Funny how when I was growing up, marijuana was marijuana, yet now we have a new word for an old substance, cannabis. The sad truth is teens are getting high on candies and cookies. Every day there is a new article written that indicates that schools are miffed by the...
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