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Teenagers often go through hormonal changes throughout life and may become depressed.  Depression in teens is very common and many teens take medicine and receive counseling in order to treat it.   Depression can be very dangerous if left untreated, and can cause the teen to commit suicide or even commit violent crimes against others.  Majority of school shootings were the result of a depressed teenager who just snapped one day and committed these horrific crimes. 

 

The signs and symptoms of Depression:

-          Feelings of Helplessness and hopelessness-  They no longer care anymore about anything, and feel as if their life is a lost cause that has no point.

-          Loss of interest in daily activities-  They don’t bother with daily activities anymore because they do not find a point for them.

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Posted by on in Drug Addiction

Many teens will experiment with some sort of drug at least once in their life.  Many teens will do these drugs once or twice and then stop.  However, those who are not able to control their urges are led down the rough, bumpy path of teen drug addiction.  Cigarettes, alcohol, marijuana, and many more are all classified as drugs.  Marijuana or more commonly known, weed, is the most abused drug to this day. 

 

Signs and Symptoms of Teen Drug Addiction

 

There are many ways to tell if your teen is having an issue with teen drug addiction.   Their behavior may be different and they will have physical symptoms as well.  Specifically for teens struggling with marijuana, here are some symptoms to look for: 

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Posted by on in Gambling Addiction

When most people think of a gambling addict, they stereotypically think of a 30-40 year old white male. However, more than half of the reported cases of gambling problems in the US are actually teens. In actuality, teens develop gambling addictions 2-4 times more than adults.

According to research, there are some people that are at a higher risk of developing an addiction to gambling. Within this category are teens who have a desire for taking risks, with impulse control issues. Teens who begin gambling at such an early age are at a much higher risk of becoming a gambling addict as adults.

How Teen Gambling Addictions Destroy Relationships

Teen gambling problems have a major effect school, home life, family and other personal relationships. Compulsive gamblers often experience mood swings, health problems, depression, stress and anxiety. Some have even been known to contemplate suicide, as addictions can be very overwhelming for teens.

Teens with compulsive gambling issues have a tendency to do whatever it takes to get money. They often steal from family and friends. This puts them at a higher risk of committing crimes, especially felonies, as a means of supporting their habit.

Pathological gamblers can be exhausting to their loved ones, who must watch them at all times. These teens will drain parents' bank accounts and max their credit cards out. They'll sell all of the possessions, as well as those of others to get the money they need to go out and gamble.

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Posted by on in Other Addictions

The link between childhood trauma and porn use is strong, with significant physiological and psychological impacts. Children who experience trauma are more likely to develop emotional intimacy issues later in life, including porn addiction, sex addiction and x.

 

What is Childhood Trauma?

In children, traumatic experiences can include sexual abuse, physical abuse, verbal abuse, exposure to violence, witnessing violence, divorce, deaths, neglect, a natural disaster or troubling event like a car crash or fire. In each case, children are exposed to events that are too overwhelming for them to cope with.

 

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your teen’s experimentation with drugs and alcohol may be the cause, or at least a trigger, of the defiant behavior?

If so, the time to get control of your teen’s negative behavior is now. Oftentimes, parents try to ignore bad behavior, hoping it will just “grow” away. But, things just end up going from bad to worse. In time, you also end up losing your credibility as an influential authority figure in your teen’s life. And, once that’s gone, it’s extremely hard to gain it back.

Now, throw in the issues of addiction. People can become addicted to just about anything: alcohol, narcotics, prescription drugs, shopping, eating, social networking, internet use, exercising, video games, pornography, and even sex. When it comes to teen addiction, it’s important for parents to take action immediately. Ignoring the problem, or taking a passive approach, will only lead to even more defiant behaviors.

The Myth about Hitting Rock Bottom

American culture, along with various infamous alcohol and drug addiction programs, are sticklers about the “hitting rock bottom” myth. The general idea is that an addict must sink to the lowest depths possible before he/she will accept help. Now, don’t get it wrong. When parents seek help for teen addictions, it’s often the direct result of the family hitting rock bottom, not the teen specifically.

When it comes to teens, however, it’s best that parents get help for both addiction and teen defiance long before teens reach the bottom of the pit. In most cases, teens who are forced into treatment do just as well as teens who seek out treatment for themselves. As a matter of fact, there’s some really innovative technology available these days, related to addiction treatment. So, even defiant teens who are violently against treatment have been known to sober up and straighten up, with professional help.

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According to the program of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), the first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem. Yet, this can be very difficult for many teens, who often live in denial when it comes to addictions.

However, no matter how long and complicated your teen’s addiction story is, there are motivating factors behind it. Typically these reasons fall into one, two or all three of these categories:

  1. Avoidance
  2. Escape
  3. Enhancement

How do teen behavioral specialist come to these conclusions? Well, teens who mask their feelings with addictive substances are doing one of the following three things:

  1. Trying to avoid dealing with something which causes them hurt
  2. Trying to escape from something they’re already dealing with, but hoping to avoid continuing to handle
  3. Trying to enhance, improve or heighten something about themselves

Guiding Your Teen towards the Road to Recovery

In the beginning, addictive substances are good at helping with all three of these categories. However, as time goes on, they no longer work anymore. But, now the teen is addicted to the substance, causing increasingly defiant behavior. So, what should a parent do to guide a teen towards the road to recovery?

When it comes to helping others with addictions, famous quotes can often put fear in the minds of parents. Some insist on what experts call “tough love”, an empowering tool that helps parents, and other co-dependents, learn to just say “no.” Then, there’s the famous consensus that a person “must hit rock bottom” before they can recover. Although this is true for some, it’s simply not the case with everyone.

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Posted by on in Drug Addiction

Raising a teenager is one of a parent’s biggest woes. At their age, teenagers have been known to experiment with illicit substances like drugs and alcohol. Their minds may be too young to comprehend the damage this can bring to their lives. Once the situation gets worse, the entire family may be affected. It is now up to the parents to help their children get through this phase.

 Helping their teens overcome addiction is a challenge for every parent. Raising a drug-free child is one thing; treating a drug-addicted child is another. Though it may seem like a losing battle, parents should find comfort in the thought that there is still hope for their teens. Here are five tips to help their children overcome drug addiction. 

Show the Child Unconditional Support

Instead of condemning their children for substance abuse, parents should show them that they are loved in spite of what they did. Now is the time for parents to be more understanding of their troubled teen. They should put aside any anger or disappointment they might be feeling, and focus on supporting their teen through the ordeal.

Communicate with the Teen

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