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5 Ways Addicts Get Prescription Drugs

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, prescription painkiller abuse has reached epidemic levels. More than 50 million people have used prescription drugs for a reason other than what they are medically prescribed for at least once in their lifetimes, reports the National Institute on Drug Abuse. If those statistics aren’t alarming enough,…

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5 Ways Teen Rehab Is Different From Adult Rehab

When teenagers begin using drugs or alcohol, it can be hard on parents and loved ones. It may be difficult to understand why they began using the substance and parents may feel uncomfortable with the idea of sending them into a rehab program. Families should know that teen rehab is different from adult rehab. Even…

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The Dangers of Teen Drinking

Teen drinking is not a new phenomenon — it’s something many teens will encounter during their adolescent years, and something they are likely to try. However, when many young people pick up their first alcoholic beverage in order to taste it, they do not always understand the implications and the dangers of teen drinking. The…

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Teen Prescription Drug Abuse

Teen prescription drug abuse is often attractive to teenagers over illicit drugs. Because these drugs are allowed under a doctor’s guidance, many teenagers are lulled into a false sense of security that the drugs are actually safe. However, these medications are offered under a doctor’s direction for a reason. When taken too long or in…

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Teen Heroin Use Is On The Rise

Teen heroin use is on the rise. The 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that 695,000 American adolescents ages 12-17, or 2.8% of that population, misused prescription painkillers (codeine, oxycodone, and other opiates/opioids). These prescription painkillers are a major reason teen heroin use is on the rise. The same survey reported that…

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5 Signs Your Teen is Using Drugs

Substance abuse is a problem that impacts the lives of teenagers and their families around the country. There are many signs your teen is using drugs. Teens have access to more diverse addictive substances than ever before. Between underage drinking, illicit drug use, and misusing prescription medications, the discerning teen has many ways to become…

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Teen Depression and Drug Use

Feelings of sadness can occur at any time and at any age. According to Psych Central, roughly 10 to 15 percent of children and teenagers are depressed at any particular time. This can lead to co-occurring teen depression and drug use. Although it is not uncommon for individuals at any age to develop mild to…

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Teen Alcohol and Drug Use

A potent mix of hormonal changes, growing independence, and still-developing brain structures make the teenage years particularly difficult. These difficulties lead to teen alcohol and drug use. Many adults look back on their teen years as a particularly challenging rite of passage, and today’s teens face even more pressures than their parents’ generation. With the…

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Benefits of Adolescent-Specific Rehab

Once a family has identified that a teen is struggling with substance abuse, the next step is to help this teen by enrolling him or her in adolescent-specific rehab. Attending an adolescent-specific rehab facility can offer many benefits to teenagers who are struggling with substance abuse. Adolescent-specific inpatient treatment programs offer a controlled, structured environment…