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A group of teens wraps a joint.

01 Jul Addiction Follows Teens to Adulthood

As a parent, there are few things that are more stressful than the idea that our kids are on a troubling path, and are making destructive decisions that we cannot stop them from. When these fears manifest in today’s society, it is usually in the form of substance abuse. While it’s understandable that you don’t want to be an overbearing helicopter parent (that would probably have an adverse effect, anyways), you should also make sure to know what your child is up to and what they are doing. Addiction has a terrifying knack of following young people into adulthood in a variety of ways, and it’s important to challenge substance abuse early. Here’s some information about the conundrum of young people and addiction...
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A teenager lights up a joint.

22 Nov The Teen Drug Scene Part 4

‘The Teen Drug Scene’ is a 4 part series of articles that examines the particular dangers that teenagers face in the postmodern world, as it pertains to drug abuse and social pressures. Using facts and sociological examination, this series will focus on the different factors of the digital age that are adding to teenage drug abuse, such as social media, family life, and simply the pains of growing up. As well as the bad, though, this series will explore the ways that we can help guide young adults through growing up in the digital age in healthy and substantive ways.
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A heroin syringe with cocaine.

15 Nov The Teen Drug Scene Part 3

‘The Teen Drug Scene’ is a 4 part series of articles that examines the particular dangers that teenagers face in the postmodern world, as it pertains to drug abuse and social pressures. Using facts and sociological examination, this series will focus on the different factors of the digital age that are adding to teenage drug abuse, such as social media, family life, and simply the pains of growing up. As well as the bad, though, this series will explore the ways that we can help guide young adults through growing up in the digital age in healthy and substantive ways.
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A young woman stares at drugs.

08 Nov The Teen Drug Scene Part 2

‘The Teen Drug Scene’ is a 4 part series of articles that examines the particular dangers that teenagers face in the postmodern world, as it pertains to drug abuse and social pressures. Using facts and sociological examination, this series will focus on the different factors of the digital age that are adding to teenage drug abuse, such as social media, family life, and simply the pains of growing up. As well as the bad, though, this series will explore the ways that we can help guide young adults through growing up in the digital age in healthy and substantive ways.
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24 Sep Counter Isolation to Strengthen Youth Against Addiction

There are many factors that contribute to addiction and its risk. Certain individuals are at an especially high risk for addiction, whether that’s due to genetic causes, events and environment that they grew up in, or continuing mental health issues. There’s one group that is at an unusually high risk for addiction: the LGBT community. While about 9% of the population at large struggles with addiction, an estimated 20-30% of the LGBT community has the same problem. That means that gay or transgender teens are over twice as likely to struggle with addiction!
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Teenager girl viewing social media in a dark room.

15 Jul Social Media and Substance Abuse

Between Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. teens spend at least six and a half hours a day on social media, and an average of 44.5 hours per week of screen time.  Social media has changed the world.  Teens interact more with each other via internet than they do in real life.  Unfortunately, social media has a profound effect on young minds, and can even increase their likelihood to use drugs and alcohol.  Read on to learn more.  
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