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Teens and Addiction

The teenage years are ones of exploration, experimentation, and asserting independence. While this is certainly a normal phase of life, choices that teens make during this time can have wide ranging and long-term effects. Use of alcohol, illegal drugs, or non-medical use of prescription drugs can lead to the trap of addiction. Prevention and early intervention are key.


Eight Warning Signs Your Child Could Be Addicted 
Drug use by a child is one of a parent’s worst fears. But when alcohol or other drug use becomes an addiction, it can ruin a child’s life. Addiction in a child can also destroy the fabric of trust so essential in a family. Early detection and intervention are essential. Here are eight warning signs that your child could be addicted [Hazeldon].

Underestimating Risk of Teen Drug & Alcohol Use 
A recent survey suggests parents are both under concerned about the dangers of teen alcohol and drug use and overly confident they would recognize signs of use [Hazeldon].

Opioids, Prevention & Kids 
The opioid epidemic has hit the U.S. hard, leaving parents worried about preventing opioid dependence in teens. Learn ways to prevent prescription pill abuse in kids [Hazeldon].

Marijuana Risks 
Increasing legalization of marijuana in the U.S. has led to confusion surrounding the risks of marijuana use among youth and teens. Learn how adults can clear the air [Hazeldon]

Redefining What It Means To Parent When A Child Has Addiction 
When a young person struggles with the progressive, life-threatening disease of addiction, a parent can’t swoop in and make everything all better. Facing a child’s addiction takes courage and action and often requires adopting unfamiliar—even uncomfortable—new parenting techniques [Hazeldon].

What is Enabling
Enabling is the behavior of protecting others from experiencing the full impact and consequences of their behavior. Learn more about enabling behaviors [Hazeldon].

For more information from ACCFS on Substance and Behavioral Addictions click here.