Thought Provoking

Drug abuse in teens is not news but now it’s gone viral thanks to social media. Youth have always been swayed by pressure from other peers.  Remember when your daughter came home with her skirt rolled up way too high?  Or your son wanted a Mohawk?  The trends that influence young adults used to occur during select hours of the day, but in the digital age they hold sway 24/7. 
There are roots of success within our Failures. Failure and Success are contrasts of one another; to experience Failure is to experience Success.  We have all experienced Failure; running our head against a wall, sitting in defeat, and finally presented with a choice to quit or pursue.  Problems that arise in recovery usually stem from whether or not to act on fears and doubts.  Fear of perceived failure is more of a dream killer than an actual failure in recovery.
Chemical dependency breaks a parents heart but the heart of the sibling of an addict breaks too.  It is not uncommon in families that siblings will experiment with drugs and alcohol together.  There can be a lot of guilt associated with this scenario when one sibling decides it’s time to stop but the other cannot.  When a sibling spirals out of control, and a brother or sister is left behind to pick up the pieces they experience a tremendous wounding plus survivor’s guilt at being the one who survived the trauma of addiction.
Drug rehab for young substance abusers is essential for lasting recovery.  Young people are notorious for acting impulsively and lacking the maturity to stay the course.  Many live for the moment without focusing on the lasting effects of their behaviors.  This is not a behavior unique to young people struggling with drugs and alcohol abuse, but is their common biological characteristic – it’s only natural!
Although recovery from addiction is a personal journey, a sober community is essential for successful recovery. Most addicts have tried a countless number of times to overcome their addiction by themselves, often with little success. A sober community provides the recovering addict with the necessary support to achieve success in both early and long-term sobriety.
Substance addiction leaves parents questioning themselves. Something’s happening at home but they can’t put their finger on what it is. At first little things turn up missing, a favorite collectible of his sister’s or $5 you thought you had in your wallet.  You don’t pay attention, things get lost, you forget.  Then more items go missing, this time $20 from your wallet and $50 from his sister that she had been saving.  You ask him because he’s the only other one there and the lying starts. 

Effective communication is essential when trying to help a loved one acknowledge their addiction. Addiction is a family disease. Alcoholism and drug addiction affects the whole family. You feel frustrated, confused, and your endless worry has manifested into immense emotional and physical stress. There is hope.

Underage alcohol abuse is apparently on the decline with specific thanks to major brewers and beer importers! During the month of April, the Beer Institute is recognizing Alcohol Awareness Month and the significant progress being made in reducing drunk driving and underage alcohol abuse with their support.
Suboxone abuse is the poster child for replacing one addiction with another. The talk amongst families is that something’s seems horribly wrong. They wonder whether their kids really need to be on Suboxone in the first place and why doctor’s are keeping them on it for so long?