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I Raised a Heroin Addict–And I Learned Something Every Mom Should Know

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I Raised a Heroin Addict–And I Learned Something Every Mom Should Know http://www.foreverymom.com/i-raised-a-heroin-addict-patricia-byrne/ This loving mom of a heroin addict wants you to know that the first step to prevention is admitting that your kids are not immune to drug addiction. My son Kevin is a heroin addict in long-term recovery. What could I have done differently? This question haunted me for many, many years. Should I have taken him back to school to get a forgotten book? When he left his report on the counter in fifth grade should I have left it there instead of bringing it to school? He had ADD so organizing was hard for him. Did I do too much? Did he never learn to be accountable for his own actions? Was I too worried about him failing a stupid sixth grade math test? Should I have let him fail and learn the result of not putting…

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Is my Teen Addicted to the Internet?

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Addiction is a complicated and sometimes a misunderstood concept in society. When does someone’s substance use or repeated behavior begin to become considered an addiction? With a seemingly overwhelming amount of information and sometimes a lack of specific information available about addiction, it can become difficult to understand. In this article I hope to clarify what behaviors may indicate a concern related to addiction. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM, 2016), The following criteria are used to help determine if an individual may have challenges with substance abuse. Please note, an individual does not need to meet all the listed criteria for there to be concern. Taking a substance longer than intended. Expressing a desire to cut down or control their substance use and may have past failed attempts to stop. The person spends a significant amount of time related to the substance either getting,…

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Half of American teenagers feel addicted to their phones

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Susan Heavey, Reuters May 3, 2016, 7:45 PM WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Half of teenagers in the United States feel addicted to their mobile phones, with most checking the devices at least every hour and feeling pressured to respond immediately to messages, a survey released on Tuesday found. The majority of parents concurred, with 59 percent of those with children between ages 12 and 18 saying their kids cannot give up their phones, according to a poll of 1,240 parents and children by Common Sense Media. The findings from the nonprofit group, which focuses on the effects of media and technology on children, highlighted the tension such close ties to devices can cause, with it disrupting driving, homework and other time together. About a third of those polled said they argue every day about screen use, the San Francisco-based group said. “It is causing daily conflict in homes,” Common Sense Media’s founder…

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Why Teens Abuse Prescription Drugs: Tips For Parents

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Teens have discovered that prescription medication can deliver a chemically-induced high without the stigma of illegal drugs. Although they’re sometimes more difficult to detect than alcohol or cannabis, prescription meds still carry plenty of risks. Based on some recent observations, we have identified some reasons why teens are abusing prescription medication.   Second-Hand Exposure Doctor appointments and dental procedures are frequent, and they are common avenues for exposure. Sedatives like Alprozolam (Xanax) are commonly prescribed for minor cosmetic procedures to help relieve anxiety or panic. But teens are observant, and chances are they’ve noticed the mellowing effect the drug had on you while taking it. Or they may have spotted the bottle of pain meds you were prescribed after the procedure and decided to indulge in the experience.   Experimentation Your oldest son has struggled in school for years. You finally decide to take your general doctor’s advice and have…

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