How many adults have a medicine cabinet full of drugs? Perhaps you’re saving that painkiller your dentist prescribed ‘just in case of emergency’ or the 10 pills for anxiety your doctor gave you for a case of stage fright? Maybe a grandparent has medications for blood pressure or a heart condition that were forgotten about.
Well, a friend recently told me a new term for a not-so-new trend in teen prescription drug use: “salad bowling”. The concept is simple: teens go to their parents’ medicine cabinet and dump all the drugs into a salad bowl. At the next party, set the bowl so friends can take a handful. This trend is dangerous in its own right, but add alcohol to the mix and the consequences can be deadly. Read full post »
Talking to your teen about drugs can be a daunting task. How do you start the conversation? Should you mention your previous use? Should you wait to bring it up only if you catch your teen using drugs or alcohol? We asked our chemical dependence professionals what their tips for parents are and Kelly Kerby provided her top 10 list of how to talk to your teen about drugs.
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Many parents fearfully await their teen showing interest in dating, worrying about everything from broken hearts to sexually transmitted diseases. A recent study in the American Sociological Review states that teens who date are more likely to drink alcohol (due to added opportunities for peer pressure and bad examples from their partner’s friends.) But don’t revoke their dating privileges just yet.
Forming romantic attachments is an important part of growing up. Dating during adolescence helps teen discover what qualities they want in a romantic partner, learn appropriate behavior in a dating or committed relationship, and learn important lessons about trust and consequences.
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Teen marijuana use may seem like a normal part of the high school experience. How many of us know someone who uses or have personally have tried a blunt, a bowl, or a hit off of a friend’s bong? I remember growing up and hearing my uncle talk about smoking a ‘joint’ with nostalgia as he recalled the 1970’s. Well, marijuana is still extremely popular and when asked, many teens think it’s healthier than smoking cigarettes. However, marijuana can have major impacts on health and mood. Read full post »
Guest post to Teenology 101 by Ray Hsiao, MD
“Wow! You have a tough job!” is often the comment I hear whenever I introduce myself as an addiction psychiatrist who works with adolescents. That comment is usually followed by questions on how I try to help the drug-using adolescents and their families and resources that I recommend. Read full post »