Is There a Cure for Addiction?

One of the biggest misconceptions people have about addiction is that there’s a cure or a single, all-encompassing fix. Unfortunately, the reality is that addiction is a chronic disease. Something that an individual will deal with for the rest of their life. Think of it like diabetes. Diabetes can’t be...

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Common Behavioral Addictions

Addiction is usually associated with a dependence on drugs or alcohol, but there are also a lot of behavioral addictions out there. It’s good to know about these because, if your teen is prone to addiction, it might not be a long road for them to attach themselves to one...

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The Science of Addiction

Addiction is often misunderstood. Many people still assume that addiction is a choice, or that there’s a cure for addiction. The harsh truth is that there is no cure. Addiction is a chronic disease. Although it’s true that someone makes the choice to try a drug or drink in the...

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Testimony of a Grateful Son – Substance Abuse and Addiction

My name is Pierce.  My story starts like many others… I had a great home growing up, with two wonderful parents. Yet, somehow, I always felt empty inside…something was missing. To mask the emptiness, I did anything to make myself feel better and, by the age of 14, I found myself...

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Boot Camp vs. Juvenile Rehabilitation

You have come to a breaking point. You have done everything that you know to do, nothing has helped. He was kicked out school. He keeps running off at all hours and comes home reeking of alcohol. He is not the perfect child you always imagined. Military school will not...

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Ten Signs of Addiction in Troubled Teens

Addiction is a physical or mental dependence on a behavior or substance that a person feels powerless to stop. Addictions can manifest in many different ways.  Teenagers, especially, are a vulnerable population group for falling into the cycle of addiction.  Normal adolescent development such as the need to belong, becoming more...

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Teen Drug Abuse: A Parent’s Guide

Movies, video games, television shows, and popular music, all are examples of avenues through which teens are inundated with glamorized images of drug and illegal substance use. According to a recent content analysis, alcohol, tobacco, or illicit drugs are present in 70% of prime time network dramatic programs, 38 out...

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Bringing the Reality of Sexual Addiction to Light

Parent: “I just enrolled Max in a rehabilitation program.” Friend: “I had no idea he had an alcohol or drug problem?” Parent:  “He doesn’t…” The words this parent hesitates to say, do not come easily. How do you tell someone that your son has a sexual addiction?  How do you admit...

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Teen Addicton-Don’t Battle Alone

The 2007 movie, “300” depicts a version of the Battle of the pass of Thermopylae, in which 300 Spartans stand their ground for 3 days against the entire Persian army. Their brave sacrifices serve to protect and inspire their countrymen enabling them to later rally, defeating the Persians, despite overwhelming...

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