Articles containing: substance abuse

Could Your Honor Student Be A Heroin Addict?

September 24, 2015

This video offers two compelling chapters: first, a fictional sequence of a day in the life of a clean-cut teen addict, and second, a frank dialog with Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh and a young man in recovery.

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Adolescent Substance Use: How The Addiction Free Futures Project Plans To Make A Difference

July 15, 2015

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This is the first blog post in a series as part of The Clay Center’s involvement in the Addiction Free Futures Project from the Children’s Mental Health Campaign, the aim of which is to expand youth and young adult access to substance use prevention and early intervention tools like SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referra

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When A Teen Talks Suicide

September 12, 2014

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“Doctor, he said he just doesn’t care about living anymore. He’s been really upset for a while, and when his girlfriend broke things off, he just shut down.”

Steve and I get calls like this all too frequently.

Situations like this are terribly frightening for parents.

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The Round-Up: Hot Topics From Around The Web (Week 5/26/14-5/30/14)

May 28, 2014

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In The Round-Up, we try to find current topics around the web that are of interest to parents. This week, I’d like to bring to your attention three important areas: 1.) The hardship of homelessness for kids, 2.

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Journeys On Our Own

April 25, 2014

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This blog post is part of a series entitled Real Lives, Real Stories: Personal Experiences With Mental Illness.

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Marijuana: Facts And Myths

December 31, 2013

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Many parents and teens wonder about the safety of using marijuana. While much is known about this substance, there is still considerable controversy about its potential harm to teenagers.

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Is It Safe to Use Stimulants to Treat ADHD?

September 23, 2013

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It’s not unusual for parents to bring their kid with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) to a child psychiatrist and say, “We really want you to help, but do not want any medications.”

Why would anyone say this? How often do we go to doctors and say, “Take care of me, doc, but I don’t want any meds.

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“Molly” Is Not Your Friend

September 23, 2013

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All too often there is a new or modified drug that makes headlines not because of its therapeutic benefits, but because of its propensity to kill teens and young adults.

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What If My Child Has A Drinking Problem?

September 18, 2013

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By far, the most commonly abused drug by adolescents is alcohol.  This, of course, makes sense.  Alcohol is legally available in the United States (not to teens, but it is also not entirely illegal, as is the case with many available illicit substances).

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