Highlights of the 2011 Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) Findings on Drug-Related Emergency Department Visits
The year 2013 marks a place in history where teenagers have more access to the digital world than ever before. With the explosion of social media, teenagers find themselves in the midst of making moral and ethical decisions just by pressing SEND.
Unfortunately, with this type of accessibility, teenagers are more often than not confronted with tougher than ever pressure from their peers to become involved in high risk behaviors. Behaviors which include high risks of using and even selling or distributing drugs and alcohol have become a widespread concern.
Today’s teens are at a great risk for substance use/ abuse due to peer pressure, media, and accessibility. According to the 2009 Prevention Needs Assessment Student Survey, almost 16 percent of young people admitted to taking a drug within the last 30 days. That is only the ones who admitted to it on the survey. The actual percent is certainly higher.
If you are considering rehab for your teen, there are some hard realities that you as a parent will most likely face. A plan of care will not work if your teen is not on board to receive the help that is being offered. This is one of the hardest truths about rehabilitation. Rehabilitation means to restore. Your teen must really want help if he intends to lead a sober lifestyle.
Finding the right treatment program involves careful consideration of many factors, including setting, length of care, philosophical approach, and the ability to meet the patient's unique needs. This site provides a treatment facility locator to help you find the right alternatives for your teen. While we do not endorse any of the sites promoted here, it is our intent to be a nationwide community resource.
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Drug addiction begins with a compulsive drive to take a drug despite the consequences. While traditionally viewed as experimentation in teen years or simply "bad choices", recent studies indicate that repeated drug use leads to long lasting changes in the brain that effect voluntary control.
As parents we want to give our children benefit of doubt, especially when they come at us with questions like "Why don't you just trust me?" We so want to believe in our children, but the truth is that they have to earn our trust. Even smart kids do drugs. A child's brain does not fully develop until about the age of 25 and even longer in some boys. How can we expect them to act like adults when they physiologically haven't even fully grown into an adult. Adolescence is a hard time to assess what is normal. It's important to ...read more
Drugs are made of chemicals, many similar to the chemicals already in our system. Drugs alter the way nerve cells normally send, receive, and process information. They do this by (1) imitating the brain’s natural chemical messengers, (2) by over-stimulating the “reward circuit” of the brain, (3) flooding the brain with excess chemicals, and (4) binding to receptors in the brain.
For example, some drugs, such as marijuana and heroin, have a similar structure to chemical messengers, called neurotransmitters, which are naturally produced by the brain. Because of this similarity, these drugs are able to “fool” the brain’s receptors and activate nerve cells to send abnormal messages. This results in the “high” you feel when you take these drugs.
Other drugs, such as cocaine or methamphetamine, can cause the nerve cells to release abnormally large amounts of natural neurotransmitters, or prevent the normal recycling of these brain chemicals ...read more
I have personally always been of the mindset that addiction is a choice rather than a disease. If I can say no to alcohol and drugs then why couldn't everyone else? It was a consciencious choice I had made. I had experimented with alcohol and drugs in my teens and early twenties, but it was never something I had chosen to do to the point of becoming an addict. I could manage to work and school and keep the party life to a minimum. Addiction as a disease seemed to me to be a crutch, or lame excuse.
I began to get a better understanding of addiction as a disease when I read something that explained the concept of a disease. A disease causes its own symptoms and is not itself a symptom of another disease. Alcoholism/drug abuse addiction is felt to be a primary disease in that ...read more
If you hear your teens talking about Roxies they are talking about Roxicodone. Similar to oxycodone it is used to treat moderate to severe pain. It may be used before surgery to sedate the patient and reduce fear. Roxicodone is a narcotic pain reliever. It works by dulling the pain perception center in the brain. It may also affect other body systems (eg, respiratory and circulatory systems) at higher doses.
Teens are crushing up the drug and snorting it for a quicker release. This is a highly addictive opiod. Continued use of the drug can lead to serious withdrawal symptoms.
Teens raid their friends parents medicine cabinets to obtain such drugs. Teens can get it easily off the street, including the bus lot at school. I know of one teen who was so desperate for a fix, he went to the emergency room making up a sory that he was ...read more
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