Category Archives: Underage Drinking | Drug Misuse Prevention

understanding the adolescent brain helps prevent and intervene with teens who are misusing alcohol and other drugs

Worried About a Young Person’s Alcohol | Drug Use

Worried About a Young Person’s Alcohol | Drug Use

Underage or college age drinking | drug use – when should you be worried? I often get questions about this from parents, school counselors, teachers, therapists, and even the young person’s friends, who are trying to determine whether there “really is a problem” or “it’s just a phase.” This is such a common concern that I’ve createdContinue Reading

Adolescent Cannabis Abuse – Guest Author Dr. Jennifer Golick

Adolescent Cannabis Abuse – Guest Author Dr. Jennifer Golick

Adolescent cannabis abuse is a hot topic given the recent and upcoming state elections to legalize marijuana. There is the perception it is safer than alcohol or other drugs and thus safer for teens to use marijuana than alcohol. Today’s guest author, Dr. Jennifer Golick, explains why this is not true. Dr. Golick is the ClinicalContinue Reading

William Miko Speaks Out as Today’s Face of Recovery

There is a great deal of confusion, stigma, shame and discrimination surrounding addiction and addiction treatment and recovery. Yet those who have the chronic, often relapsing brain disease of addiction and are in recovery live healthy, productive, engaged lives — the same kinds of lives as people who do not have this disease. But allContinue Reading

Study Drugs | Guest Author Allison Kreiger Walsh, J.D.

Study Drugs | Guest Author Allison Kreiger Walsh, J.D.

Parents may have heard their teens and college students mumbling about the power of “study drugs,” but what are they and what do they do? Today’s guest author, Allison Kreiger Walsh, J.D., of Advanced Recovery Systems (ARS), separates fact from fiction in today’s post. ARS is a network of addiction recovery programs, including online educationalContinue Reading

Childhood Trauma – Substance Misuse Connection

Childhood Trauma – Substance Misuse Connection

The childhood trauma – substance misuse connection is one of the most important interactions society as a whole must understand. It is profoundly life changing because it changes a child or teen’s brain circuitry – meaning how their brain wires, thus how it works, thus what that child or teen thinks, feels, says and does,Continue Reading

Secondhand Drinking IS Childhood Trauma

Secondhand Drinking IS Childhood Trauma

There’s been a great deal of new research about the role childhood trauma plays in changing the neural network wiring of a child’s developing brain. I think Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris does one of the best jobs explaining (in 15 minutes!), “Childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up … the repeated stressContinue Reading

Sean O – Today’s Face of Addiction Recovery

Sean O – Today’s Face of Addiction Recovery

It is my great pleasure to introduce Sean O – today’s Face of Addiction Recovery– who has graciously agreed to share his story of alcohol, cocaine and heroin addiction and recovery. Why share? There is a great deal of confusion, stigma, shame and discrimination surrounding addiction and addiction treatment and recovery. Yet those who have the chronic,Continue Reading

Surviving Family Gatherings When a Loved One Has a Substance Use Disorder

Surviving Family Gatherings When a Loved One Has a Substance Use Disorder

When a loved one has a substance use disorder, surviving family holidays can feel like just that, “surviving.” Author, speaker and radio host, Denise Krochta, has created a terrific tool to provide families with strategies and techniques to help them get through ANY family gathering. I contacted Denise to learn more and am sharing herContinue Reading