April 4, 2019
By far, the most commonly misused drug among teens is alcohol. This makes sense, as alcohol is legally available throughout the United States, it’s heavily advertised and glorified in the media, and frequently used in celebratory activities. The effects of alcohol in terms of reducing inhibition are quite real.
November 12, 2018
Once you have discovered your teen is using pot and confronted the teenager about it, what’s your recommended next step? – Lori W., Facebook
It’s not unusual to find out one way or another that your teenager is using a substance. The most common ones are alcohol or marijuana.
March 29, 2018
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.
May 18, 2017
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.
May 18, 2017
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.
May 15, 2017
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
September 12, 2014
“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.
April 25, 2014
This blog post is part of a series entitled Real Lives, Real Stories: Personal Experiences With Mental Illness.
September 23, 2013
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.