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Teen Drug Abuse: Out of Reach, Medicine Abuse Through the Eyes of a Teen
"Out of Reach" is a special documentary created by a teen filmmaker who
captures the issue of teen prescription drug abuse as it exists in his
world. The issues contained in the film are a reflection of this issue
across the country. It was created in collaboration with director Tucker
Capps (of A&E's "Intervention") and The Partnership at Drugfree.org's Medicine Abuse Project.
With the holiday's around the corner, it is imperative that parents not only know what is in their medicine cabinets, but also be aware of what their parents (grandparents) have in their homes. As you visit relatives and friends this holiday season, it can also be an opportunity for your teen/tween to scout out a variety of bathrooms and medicine cabinets.
Be an educated parent - you will have safer and healthier kids.
In today's society, the Internet has made its way into almost every American home. It is a well-known fact that the web is a valuable asset for research and learning. Unfortunately, it can also be a very dangerous place for teens. With social networking sites like Myspace and Friendster, chat rooms, instant messaging, and online role-playing video games, our children are at access to almost anyone. Sue Scheff, along with Parent's Universal Resource Experts™, is tackling the dangers of the web.
Keeping tabs on our teens' online habits doesn't just keep them safe from online predators. More and more parents are becoming wary of the excessive hours their teens spend surfing the web, withdrawing from family, friends and activities they used to enjoy. Internet Addiction is a devastating problem facing far too many teens and their families. While medical professionals have done limited research on the topic, more and more are recognizing this destructive behavior and even mor…
At this time of year, it seems we are contacted by more and more parents that have an 18 year old or a 17 year old that is almost 18.
If you have been struggling with your younger teen and like many of us, keep hoping and praying it will change,
take a moment to think about if it doesn’t. Don’t miss an opportunity to
give your child a second chance for a better future. Whether it is
local therapy, a motivational out-patient program or a residential therapeutic boarding school - as
parents we do what is best for our kids.
“My 18 year old is out of control and I am at my wit’s end! What can I do?” Anonymous Parent.
18 – 19 year old teens can be the most difficult to address simply
because they are considered adults and cannot be forced to get help. As
parents, we have limited to no control. Practicing “tough love” is
easier said than done, many parents have a problem letting their child reach rock
bottom. As parents, we see our child suffering whether it is needing
First semester of school is coming to an end. You realize that your teen is failing - and may have even discovered they are experimenting with drugs - smoking pot, drinking - and now you are thinking - "is this a phase?" "is it their friends?" "typical teen?"
Sure - all is possible - but why risk it? Getting your teen the help they need is a parent's responsibility. I am not saying that rushing into a residential treatment center is your first option - on the contrary, it is your last.
You need to exhaust all your local resources first. Therapy, peer support groups, maybe outpatient, living with a relative, youth counselors..... If the behavior continues to escalates you can't be a parent in denial. Once the therapy isn't working - your teen is actually holding you hostage in your home - and taking control of your family - you literally feel like you are walking on eggshells - you have to reach out for help.