Did you know that 3 out of 4 addiction cases in the U.S. are alcohol addictions, and kids who start drinking before age 15 are significantly more likely to develop an alcohol use disorder than those who wait? Alcohol causes more deaths each year than all other drugs combined, including around 5,000 deaths to children under age 21.
As parents, we all want the very best for our kids – the best teachers, coaches, and health professionals, among others.
About one in five of our children, teenagers, and young adults will experience a mental health issue and ideally receive mental health care.
We are now in what I believe is the 19th annual “Screen-Free Week” in the United States and abroad. This is a much publicized and highly laudable movement that asks us to take a week—an entire week—to get our children to unplug whatever they happen to own with a screen.
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Friends don’t let friends drive drunk.
We all remember this slogan.
It was coined at the launch of the Drunk Driving Campaign.
Since then, awareness of the serious risks of driving under the influence of alcohol are well known. And there have been significant changes in driving behavior.
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.
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.
Intro music written and performed by Dr. Gene Beresin.
Outro music arranged and performed by Dr. Gene Beresin.
NOTE: In light of the landmark substance abuse and recovery legislation that was passed today by the Massachusetts Legislature, this blog and podcast couldn’t be any more pertinent.
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
Listen to “Cannabis and the Teen Brain, feautring Jodi Gilman, PhD” – just search for “Shrinking It Down” wherever you get your podcasts.