Helping Your Teen to Overcome Addiction

Helping Your Teen to Overcome Addiction

Learning that your teenager has an addiction to drugs or alcohol probably feels like a nightmare come true. Adolescent drug abuse is a serious problem in the U.S., affecting millions of teens and their families. Of high school seniors, 39 percent reported drinking alcohol in the past month, and 23 percent reported using marijuana. Even…

The Dangers of Ritalin Abuse

The Dangers of Ritalin Abuse

Ritalin is a brand name for the drug methylphenidate, which is prescribed to treat narcolepsy and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. A central nervous system stimulant, Ritalin works by increasing the activity of the neurotransmitter dopamine, which is associated with pleasure and wakefulness. When taken as directed by a physician, Ritalin raises dopamine levels…

Has Your Child Had a Relapse

Has Your Child Had a Relapse?

Although “lapse” and “relapse” are terms that are used interchangeably, they aren’t the same thing. A lapse is a slip-up, or an instance of using drugs or alcohol again once in recovery. A relapse, on the other hand, is the recurrence of an addiction, characterized by compulsive drug or alcohol abuse despite negative consequences. While…

Energy Drink Dependency

Energy Drink Dependency

Red Bull, the progenitor of energy drinks, was introduced in the United States in 1997, and since then, the market has exploded with hundreds of brands of energy drinks, most of which are heavily marketed toward young males. With names like AMP Energy, Full Throttle and Cocaine, it’s no surprise that these drinks may contain…

Sauteed Green Beans with Garlic and Pine Nuts

Sauteed Green Beans with Garlic and Pine Nuts

  Ingredients 1 bag of green beans, trimmed 1/2 tbsp garlic puree 1 1/2 cup chicken or vegetable broth Olive oil Salt Pine nuts Boil the broth in a pot or pan on med/high heat. Add beans and a pinch of salt depending on the strength of flavor of your broth. Cover and stir the…

Teens and Alcohol Abuse

Teens and Alcohol Abuse

Around 14.2 percent of young people between the ages of 12 and 20 engaged in binge drinking in 2013, and 1.4 million engaged in heavy drinking. Recognizing the signs of underage alcohol abuse and knowing where to turn for help is essential for ensuring early treatment for an alcohol use disorder.   Health Risks of…

Nutrition in Addiction Recovery

Nutrition in Addiction Recovery

Learning to cope with your teen’s addiction can be overwhelming. All of a sudden, you’re tasked with the job of confronting your teen about their substance abuse, finding a facility and choosing treatment programs. This can trigger many confusing and frightening emotions that it can become easy to let things slip through the cracks, including…

Roasted Lemon Garlic Chicken

Roasted Lemon Garlic Chicken

  Ingredients 4 boneless chicken breasts 1 lemon 1 tbsp garlic puree 4 garlic cloves Fresh basil, chopped Fresh oregano Salt Pepper Olive oil Place chicken breasts in a bowl. Lightly drizzle with olive oil, then add salt, pepper, oregano, basil and garlic puree. Squeeze 1/2 of a lemon and mix the ingredients thoroughly. Place…

Teen Smoking What Parents Need to Know

Teen Smoking: What Parents Need to Know

Did you know that nearly 25% of high school students have used some type of tobacco product in the last month? Or that 1 out of every 3 of those teens will die of a smoke-related disease? That means approximately 1 out of every 13 of today’s teens will die prematurely. For what? To look…

Garlic and Paprika Roasted Potatoes

Garlic and Paprika Roasted Potatoes

  Ingredients 5 Large Yukon Gold potatoes 1-2 tbsp garlic puree 1/2-1 tbsp paprika Salt, to taste Olive oil Rinse potatoes. Cut into 1 inch squares. Toss in a bowl with a drizzle of olive oil to lightly coat the potatoes. Add salt to taste. Add paprika and garlic and thoroughly mix until evenly coated…