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Signs of Drug Abuse in Teens

Addiction is a disease that afflicts many in the U.S. Although we tend to think of it as a disease of adults, children are not immune. In fact, many addicts are those who first started using as children or adolescents. Among adults addicted to cigarettes, alcohol, prescription drugs or illegal drugs, most got their first taste at a very young age. Teen experimentation with drugs is not new, but the age at which a child first tries a substance has been creeping downward.

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Drug Use Among Seniors on the Rise

Recent data released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) shows drug use among seniors is on the rise. While fewer teens are using, the number of older Americans getting high has been going up for the last decade. Most of the changes come from use of marijuana, but prescription medications being used inappropriately is also a problem.

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Study Shows Teen Girls More Prone to Substance Abuse

According to research released in conjunction with the Partnership for a Drug-Free America and MetLife Foundation, adolescent girls are increasingly becoming more open to drug and alcohol use as compared to boys.
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Tweens Cutting Themselves Due to Inability to Cope with Emotional Distress

Teens and preteens’ lives are full of drama, partly because their bodies are transitioning into adulthood: hormones are washing over them, creating new physical and emotional features that they’ve never had to deal with before. Young people are taking their first steps into the adult world of relationships and responsibility and they have no prior experience to guide them.
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Baby Boomers Biggest Drug Users

There are nearly 80 million Americans poised to enter into the “elderly” age group. Baby boomers, the first of whom were born in 1946, are among the largest generation populating the states today, and they have among them their share of addicts. Baby boomers are on cocaine, painkillers, marijuana and alcohol. Continue Reading

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Study Drugs a Teen’s New Dirty Secret

Teens are using so-called study drugs to enhance their ability to concentrate on their work and to keep them awake into the night so that they can finish. It sounds admirable in a way, but this habit is dangerous and could have long-term consequences. What is more, parents seem to have no idea their kids are using controlled substances in this way. Continue Reading

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Examining Social Norms That Contribute to Drinking Behaviors

Peer pressure is often cited as a common reason for initiating alcohol consumption or for choosing to binge drink in a social situation. In prevention and education programs, young people are taught strategies for resisting peer pressure and role play using the tools they are equipped with to fight against peer pressure. Continue Reading

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Teens Drinking Hand Sanitizer

Teenagers, it would seem, are forever coming up with new ways to get drunk or high. When illegal drugs and prescription drugs are unavailable or unaffordable, teens tend to find ways to use inexpensive and legal substances to create a buzz. Unfortunately, these practices are often extremely dangerous and can lead to harm and even death. Continue Reading

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The Growing Problem of Compulsive Gambling in Women

Gambling has traditionally been considered a “bad habit” associated with men. However, this recreational pastime is looked at quite differently today. More and more women are engaging in gambling than ever before. Because it is so addictive, “gambling addiction” is now formally recognized as a mental health condition that knows no boundaries when it comes to gender. Continue Reading

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Binge Eating Among Older Adults

Eating disorders are often associated by the general public as being limited to white suburban teenage girls who choose a certain lifestyle to be thin as a result of their vanity. Despite increased awareness about eating disorders, there is still a perception that those with eating disorders have chosen to adhere to their dangerous behaviors. Continue Reading