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Teen Drug Abuse

Teen years are the most common period for people to begin experimenting with drugs so, of course, drugs and alcohol are hot topics for every parent of adolescents.
“The most successful way to speak to your teenagers about drugs and alcohol is to be as neutral as possible. This means that acknowledging that drugs and alcohol are a normal part of life, but they can also be very dangerous and destructive,” says global youth ambassador Marushka Mujic, “Instead of imposing harsh rule and regulations about the subject, it is best to invite your child to express their thoughts, feelings, and concerns. Ask them if any of their friends have tried drugs and alcohol or if they have been confronted by a situation and they didn’t know how to handle it. Though your child may be nervous about being honest, the more neutral you are, the more likely you are to have a successful result.”
Between the ages of 12 and 20, teenagers go from less than 10 percent of drug and alcohol abuse to over 50 percent. There is an 80 percent chance your teen will try ... Read more

Expert Karen Khaleghi, PhD, explains the difference between drug or alcohol use versus abuse or addiction and how to protect your teenager from these issues.
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Judge Michael Fields explains the current effects of legalizing marijuana.
Judge Michael Fields talks about the dangerous effects of illegal drug use.
Dr. Deborah Gilboa explains what every parent needs to know about vaping.
The Parent Support Network at the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids is a system of care for parents whose teen and young adult children are struggling with drugs and... read more
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Watch David Sheff's video on Removing the stigma of drug addiction...
View David Sheff's video on Dual Diagnosis: Mental Illness and drug addiction...
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Watch David Sheff's video on Myths and misconceptions about drug addiction...
Best-selling author David Sheff details the neurological predisposition to addiction to either alcohol or drugs and how certain individuals are more likely to become... read more
David Sheff, Best-Selling Author, shares advice for parents on how to recognize the signs that indicate that your child may be using drugs
David Sheff, Best-Selling Author, shares advice for parents on how to recognize the signs that your teenager is using and having problems with drugs
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See David Sheff's video on Parents allowing children to use drugs...
Karen Khaleghi, PhD, describes the best course of action if you catch your child with illegal substances.
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Karen Khaleghi, PhD, describes the dangerous way young women are combining drugs to get a quick high without consuming calories
Karen Khaleghi, PhD, explains why honor students might use drugs
Karen Khaleghi, PhD, shares the signs to look for in your child that suggest she or he might be heading towards drug or alcohol addiction
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View Shannon Crossbear's video on Experience of having a child addicted to meth...
Learn about: Helping addicted teens find hope and recovery from Shannon Crossbear,...
Learn about: Potential signs that a child is using drugs from Shannon Crossbear,...
Watch Michael J. Bradley, EdD's video on When a parent suspects teen marijuana or alcohol use...
Author and psychologist Michael J. Bradley, EdD's video helps parents by explaining how to discourage teens from sex, drugs and violence.
Watch Video: Signs that your child may be using marijuana by Lt. Joe Laramie, ...
See Lt. Joe Laramie's video on Warning signs of prescription drug abuse...
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Watch Kenneth Duckworth, MD's video on Marijuana's effect on the developing brain...
Learn about: Psychosis and drug links from Kenneth Duckworth, MD,...
View Jonathan Scott's video on When teens self-medicate...
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See Jonathan Scott's video on Kids and drug use myths...
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View Lawrence Kagan, MD's video on Warning signs that a teen may be on drugs...
See Dan Cronin, LISAC, CADAC, CAS, CCS's video on Understanding teen drug and alcohol addiction...
See Meg Newman, MS, LMFT's video on When your teen asks if you tried drugs or alcohol...
Watch Meg Newman, MS, LMFT's video on Signs of drug or alcohol use in teens...
View Dan Cronin, LISAC, CADAC, CAS, CCS's video on When to get professional help for drugs...
Watch Video: Drug detox for teens by Dan Cronin, LISAC, CADAC, CAS, CCS, ...
View Dan Cronin, LISAC, CADAC, CAS, CCS's video on Why today's biggest drug problem is prescription meds...
Learn about: Signs of Substance Abuse from Dan Cronin, LISAC, CADAC, CAS, CCS,...
Learn about: Prescription drug abuse among teens from Michael Dennis, PhD,...
View Sharon LeGore's video on How prescription drug abuse can lead to illegal drug use...
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Learn about: Drugs, sex and girls from SuEllen Hamkins, MD,...
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Learn about: Dangers of assuming all kids will experiment from Michael Dennis, PhD,...
Psychologist Michael Dennis, PhD, explains how drug and alcohol use in teenagers has changed over the last twenty years, and how drugs and alcohol used by teens has also... read more
Medical Toxicologist Cyrus Rangan, MD, shares advice for parents on what to do if your teen has been poisoned and how to tell if the teen's poisoning was accidental or... read more
View Sharon LeGore's video on Drug pharming parties...
Watch Michael Dennis, PhD's video on Cocaine and crack use today...
Watch Video: Signs of heroin and prescription drug abuse by Sharon LeGore, ...
Psychologist and addiction expert Michael Dennis, PhD discusses the most addictive drugs and how teenagers can get in dangerous situations or possibly overdose.
View Michael Dennis, PhD's video on Allowing teens to use drugs or alcohol at home...
Psychologist Michael Dennis, PhD, explains how R-rated movies, if seen by children before the age of 17, can increase children's likelihood of using drugs
View Michael Dennis, PhD's video on Inhalants...
Watch Michael Dennis, PhD's video on Why teens use drugs and alcohol...
Watch Sharon LeGore's video on The dangers of bath salts, Spice, K2 and K3...
See Michael Dennis, PhD's video on Risks and prevalence of amphetamines and meth amphetamines...
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See Michael Dennis, PhD's video on Dangers of smoking pot...
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See Michael Dennis, PhD's video on How drug and alcohol use impacts teen brain development...
Watch Video: Siblings and addiction by Sharon LeGore, ...
Learn about: When you think your teen is using drugs from Vanessa Van Petten,...
View Jerry Weichman, PhD's video on Common drugs for teens today...
See Jerry Weichman, PhD's video on The signs of substance abuse...
Chris Fulton, PhD Adolescent Psychologist, shares advice for parents on the best steps to take if you believe that your teenage child is using drugs

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