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Posted on Dec 14, 2016 in Alcohol Abuse, Drug Abuse, Teens, Therapy

Teens vs. Drugs

Alcohol and marijuana have been the two most widely used substances among teens for quite some time. According to the 2015 Monitoring the Future survey, a University of Michigan study that tracks drug use trends among 8th, 10th and 12th grade students, 15.5 percent of 8th graders, 31.1 percent of 10th graders and 51.4 percent of 12th graders have smoked marijuana in their lifetime. Alcohol is even more prevalent among teens. According to Monitoring the Future, 26.1 percent of 8th graders, 47.1 percent of 10th graders and 64 percent of 12th graders have drank in their lifetime. Despite the high rates of use of these substances among teens, there are considerable negative consequences to using marijuana or drinking. Academic achievement in particular suffers as a result of weed and alcohol abuse. Marijuana Marijuana use has been linked to poorer academic outcomes among teens. Evidence from around the world supports this notion. In 2004, researchers at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom reviewed 48 studies relating to student...

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Posted on Aug 12, 2015 in Anger, Bullying, Children, Counseling, Drug Abuse, Education, Family, News, Parenting, Self Esteem, Social Anxiety, Teens, Therapy

4 Reasons for a Dip in Your Child’s Performance in School

Busy parents running between office and home would prefer things to run as smoothly as possible and the last thing they want to hear is a problem with children at school or below average performance in academics. In the midst of all your regular tasks handling an unmotivated or tense child can become more frustrating if you are unable to control your temper or your child becomes unresponsive. The only way forward is to start spending more time with your child so he or she can slowly trust you and share reason behind the lack of interest in school activities. If your child is not willing to share details about issues troubling him at school then you can try speaking to him about any of the following instances as these are common reasons affecting children in school. Bullying in class Bullying is among the most common reason for children disliking school and expressing disinterest in schoolwork. Children as young as five to six years of age can be very...

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Posted on Jul 2, 2015 in Abuse, Alcohol Abuse, Counseling, Depression, Drug Abuse, News, Substance Abuse

Substance Abuse Myths: Differentiating the Right From the Wrong

People may start using drugs for a number of reasons. It can be peer pressure, loneliness, depression, physical problems like chronic pain, insomnia, a family history of substance abuse and even recreation. Before they know it, they are caught in the addiction like a fly gets caught in a spider’s web and they are unable to extricate themselves from it, without outside help. However, before you approach anyone for help, you should know the facts from the myths. It will help you make better decisions about how to hope to cope with the addiction and also help you look for symptoms of substance abuse in anyone you know. Many addicts themselves have wrong notions about their addictions. Here is a small list of common myths around substance abuse. Overcoming substance abuse is just a matter of willpower Sadly, willpower is not enough to treat substance abuse. Repeatedly resisting a temptation, in this case drugs or alcohol, can take a mental toll. Just like a muscle gets affected after overuse,...

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Posted on Jun 11, 2015 in Alcohol Abuse, Drug Abuse, News, Substance Abuse

Recognizing Substance Abuse

Substance abuse is defined by the World Health Organization (WHO)  as the harmful and hazardous use of substances that are classified psychoactive. It eventually leads to a condition known as dependance syndrome which is characterized by a strong urge to repeatedly take a drug, a lot of difficulties in controlling its usage and continuing to take it, despite full knowledge of the negative after effects, along with a shift in priorities where the drugs take precedence over most other things and activities. What is a Substance? Any psychoactive drug and alcohol can be a substance. Drugs include cocaine, cannabis, amphetamines and prescription medications, as well as some forms of non-prescribed medication. According to WHO reports, a little over 5% of the global population has used or is under some form of substance abuse right now. Around the world, every person aged 15 years or older is estimated to drink a little over 6 liters of alcohol per year. Substance abuse is a very real and present problem in every...

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