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Understanding Addiction

To help get a better understanding of addiction, we first need to define exactly what is addiction.  There are many definitions of addiction depending on who you ask. It can be anything from a moral failing, to a spiritual failing, or to an actual disease.  If something is controlling your...

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3 Under the Radar Addictions That Impact Teens the Hardest

There is a myriad of useful information out there about common addictions in teenagers. Most everyone is acquainted with the dangers of alcohol, nicotine, and drug addiction. However, there are also many lesser-known addictions that teenagers are especially prone to developing. Here are three addictions that may not be on...

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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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