a group talks about the signs of opioid addiction

Recognizing Signs of Opioid Abuse

No parent wants to think that their child may be addicted to opioids. The problem of opioid abuse affects every community, no matter a person’s race or background. You can be doing everything right when it comes to parenting yet still find yourself faced with a situation where your teen has a problem with drugs.…

two women celebrate the national day of silence

Observing the National Day of Silence 

Teens who are starting to figure out where they fit along the LGBTQIA+ spectrum may find themselves feeling alienated from their peers and even their family. That kind of isolation can drive them to seek out drugs and alcohol as a form of relief. That can make the symptoms of already existing problems like depression…

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Get Help for Alcohol Addiction on National Screening Day

When you’re young, it can seem impossible to get someone to listen to you. Many teens turn to alcohol to deal with depression and other issues that seem to dominate their lives. While alcohol abuse rates have steadily declined among teens over the past few decades, it remains an issue that threatens that age group’s…

a woman struggles with teen vaping

Actions You Can Take to Help Protect Teens from Vaping

Cigarettes used to be the primary vice among teenagers when it came to tobacco use. However, additional options like vaping pens make it possible for teens to consume tobacco in other ways. Starting a nicotine addiction at a young age makes it more likely that your child may carry that habit over into adulthood. Destinations…

a woman contemplates addiction recovery

The Stages of Addiction Recovery

Addiction recovery takes time as the brain works through a number of realizations and begins the healing process. Gaining awareness of the problem is an important step, but it is not something that happens right away. To achieve sobriety and long-lasting recovery, a person may need to go through detox, aftercare, relapse, and more. To…

Teen Abusing Cough Medicine

Cough Medicine Abuse

Many parents don’t recognize the signs of cough medicine abuse in their teens. Yet, as one of the most accessible types of drugs that can cause a high, it is something teens seek out. Often called sizzurp or purple drank, this type of use can create addiction as well as addictive tendencies that follow a…

Teen With Addiction Risk Based on Family History

Family History and Addiction Risk: What You Should Know

One of the biggest problems facing the healthcare system today involves drug and alcohol addiction. It is always better to prevent this problem from happening than to fix it after it has already taken place. Therefore, it is critical to take a look at the biggest addiction risk factors of addiction: family history. According to…

teen vaping and using a gateway drug

Is Vaping a Gateway Drug?

The use of e-cigarettes is widespread today. It was previously a smoking alternative, but many people who have never smoked now vape. Due to the high rates of teenagers vaping, many states raised the tobacco buying age to 21. E-cigs can cause severe health consequences because the devices contain tobacco and other harmful substances. The…

teen boy struggling with teen marijuana abuse

3 Dangers of Marijuana Abuse

Marijuana abuse is a concerning problem for many families, especially if a young person is involved. Young adults are at a higher risk of experiencing harm from marijuana abuse because their brains are still developing. If you have a young teen at home, you may worry about their exposure to this substance. It’s helpful to…

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How Long Does Heroin Stay in Your Saliva?

Heroin comes with a high risk of overdose, and drug interactions can increase the hazards of taking this powerful drug. You might want to know how long the substance stays in your system so that you can resume other medications or seek a job after completing a rehab program. How long does heroin stay in…