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  • ‘The Talk’: How and When to Talk to Your Kids About Drugs and Alcohol

    If you’re like most parents, talking about drugs and alcohol with your kids can feel awkward, distasteful, or uncomfortable. It’s not a fun talk, but it’s one that is necessary. Why? Because it gives your kids the chance to discuss their concerns and ask questions of someone who has accurate answers (i.e., not their friends), […]

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  • Can Social Media Help You Kick the Habit?

    Facebook and Twitter plus Instagram and a few other sites have become a ubiquitous part of our American culture. From tweens to seniors, business professionals, parents, athletes, and artists all regularly take to social media, often multiple times per day, to update their status and share information with everyone in their networks. An excellent tool […]

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  • Are Fewer High Schoolers Drinking and Smoking?

    It used to be assumed that some level of drinking and drug experimentation was “normal” for kids in high school – but not anymore. Now we know that any use of drugs or alcohol during the teen through young adult years can be extremely hazardous to brain development and emotional growth and can increase the […]

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  • ADHD, Self-Harm and Sports: 3 Things That May Signify Higher Risk of Substance Abuse in Teens

    The risks associated with tween, teen, and young adult substance abuse abound, and many parents are on high alert for the signs that their child may be experimenting with drugs or alcohol. The good news is that parents are not alone in their concern. A great deal of research has been dedicated to identifying signifiers […]

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  • Teen Marijuana Use Linked to Memory Loss

    A recent study published in the journal Hippocampus found that daily use of marijuana may contribute to memory problems among teens as well as brain structure abnormalities, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services – even if they ultimately cut back on their use or stop smoking marijuana entirely. Despite these findings […]

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