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The Harm of Video Game Addiction

Video games are popular, especially among teens and adolescents. Online gaming no longer requires expensive game systems. Thus, it is more affordable and accessible than ever to play video games. In fact, 72% of American households play video games. While most play video games on a recreational basis, 4% of people spend 50 hours or…

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Family Support

Substance abuse disorders, alcoholism, and addiction don’t discriminate. Although certain factors, such as having a close family member with a history of addiction, can increase your risk of developing a substance abuse disorder, anyone can develop an addiction. Drugs and alcohol are neurotransmitter inhibitors that force your brain to release a powerful and overwhelming rush…

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Benefits of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Teens are still maturing, meaning they’re inherently prone to making risky decisions. Not only are teens more likely to cave to peer pressure and experiment with drugs and alcohol, but they’re also more prone to experience mood and behavioral changes during addiction. Because addiction is a chronic condition, it almost always requires treatment. Rehabs can…

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Dangers of Social Media

Social media use has become increasingly popular, especially among adolescents and teens. 85% of teens ages 13 to 17 use YouTube, 72% use Instagram and another 69% use Snapchat. Not only do 95% of teenagers have a smartphone, but 45% of teens state that they are constantly online. While using the internet or social media…

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The Most Addictive Prescription Drugs

Prescription medications help people deal with pain and treat a wide range of medical conditions. They can be highly effective when used properly and per physician recommendations. When abused, taken improperly, or used in ways other than prescribed, prescription drugs can become addictive. What’s worse, they have the potential for producing dangerous adverse medical effects,…

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Discussing the Dangers of Drug Use with Your Child

Your teenage child has reached a particularly difficult stage in life. They have to go to school each day and make friends, establish an identity, and decide what things they love and what they do not enjoy. They have to do all of this while they are still learning about themselves, and feeling immense pressure…

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Ways Alcohol Increases Death Among Teenagers

When a teenager is exhibiting odd behavior, it can be a concern for any parent. Changes to a teenager’s behaviors may not always be related to substance abuse. However, parents must learn to recognize the dangers associated with alcohol abuse and to discuss those concerns with your children. Drinking alcohol at a young age can…

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Signs and Symptoms of Teen Drug Abuse

Teens are especially vulnerable to drug abuse and addiction because of peer pressure. Often they also lack the understanding of the consequences. Thus, teens go overboard with drinking and drugs. As a parent, you need to understand the warning signs and symptoms of drug abuse. Destinations for Teens can help identify issues. If you notice…

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How Alcohol Use Increases the Risk of STDs

Alcohol use, especially binge drinking, can lead to risky sexual behaviors. What makes these behaviors risky to the individuals is they may result in sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). It increases the risk for STDs in three ways through multiple partners, unprotected sex (sex without a condom), and combining additional substances with alcohol and sexual activities.…