Teens and Alcohol Addiction: What You Need to Know

»Posted by on Jan 17, 2018 in Drinking | 0 comments

Teens and Alcohol Addiction: What You Need to Know

Parents of teens should be aware of some things when it comes to alcohol use. Many parents believe that their child would never partake. That would be a big mistake. There are signs to watch for to spot abuse before something dangerous happens. Avoiding that danger is easy when you know how.

The signs of teen alcohol addiction can be misunderstood as regular signs of adolescence. Here are some important signs to watch for to spot it before it is too late.

– They can become aggressive towards friends and family.
– Sometimes they might withdraw from them as well.
– They may begin to lie.
– Sometimes they begin to steal.

They steal to have money to support their habit. They sneak out sometimes or can stay out without calling to let their parents know where they are. They might not show any signs like that at all. Each teen is going to display things in their own way.

Some teens will make no attempt to hide it. Those signs are more obvious of course. They might have blurry eyes or slurred speech. Repetitious speech is another sign. In fact, any change in patterns of speech is a sign to look into further.

Weight changes are another issue. Any major changes should have parents asking questions about their child’s well-being. Depending on what they behave like, parents can decide what to do. Maintaining an open line of communication is important too.

It’s important to ask questions of the child in to make sure that he or she is not showing any deviations from their normal behavior. Often these can be subtle. Most parents know when their child is acting off. Following gut instincts can save a child’s life.

There are physical signs to look for as well. When parents see the warning signs it’s important to get help immediately. Some of the signs might be clear depending on what stage the teen might be in with their addiction. They are all withdrawal symptoms.

– Trembling
– Irritability
– Nausea
– Diarrhea

The only way to know what is happening is to have the teen see someone to make sure that they are not suffering from alcohol addiction or worse, addiction withdrawal. It can actually be dangerous. So many parents try to pretend that nothing is wrong with their kids. It makes them feel better and safer. That could be a death sentence for their child. Parents should always act as the parents instead of the friend of their child. It’s easy to do this in a way which kids stay open to their parents. It takes work, but parenting classes are available for those that need guidance.

Rather than yelling at the child for abusing alcohol it’s important to keep the communication lines open. Consult a specialist in recovery and have the child’s health checked. Many times teens that are abusing alcohol need a health check-up to regain their health. This is one area that is not up for discussion with the child.

If you or a loved one is struggling with drug or alcohol addiction — whether it’s cocaine, alcohol or heroin — it’s so important that you find the treatment — benzodiazepine treatment, cocaine treatment, or alcohol treatment — that works for you.
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Are You Using Too Much Social Media?

»Posted by on Oct 6, 2017 in Blog, Social Media | 0 comments

Are You Using Too Much Social Media?


Social media is utilized by 1/3 of the world and many of its users believe that social media has been a curse on humanity. There are some that argue it has made us more zombie-like. More and more people are obsessed with their mobile device due to some social media platform.


Binge Stalking

How many times have you ended up on a YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter binge stalking? This is where you start looking at an article or video only to be led to another and another. It reminds me of E.T. following the trail of Reeces pieces out of the woods and down the street.


The 4 Signs That You Are Using Too Much Social Media

  1. Narcissism

Reward centers in the brain show higher activity when people talk about themselves as opposed to listening to someone else. In fact, 80% of conversations online are self-involved as opposed to 30% of face-to-face interactions. Many have even developed eating disorders chasing this neurological high. Others become obsessed with taking selfies. A couple of people have died in pursuit of the perfect selfie for the web.


  1. Addiction

Orgasms, motivation, and love are all located in the same area of the bran which is also activated by the interaction of social media especially when we are actively engaged with others. Our interaction with social media can trigger the feel-good chemical known as Dopamine. The more we stimulate this sensation the more we crave that feeling. You can spot the people who suffer from addiction because they’re constantly on their mobile devices.


  1. Keeping Up With The Jones

Often our online friends can leave us with the feeling of competition. “Look at these new shoes” or “#newBag” can make us feel like we have to either keep up or outdo our friends and acquaintances. Don’t compare yourself to no one because it isn’t healthy or beneficial for you. And remember that jealousy is a devil.


  1. Depression

A small, but significant population of internet users, between5% to 10% are unable to regulate their time online. They develop a psychological addiction to the world wide web. These are the ones most prone to self-esteem issues and depression. Social media can invoke the feeling of sadness as we get trapped in the delusion of glamor posted by others.


Computer Love

On a good note, studies have found that couples who initially meet online prior to in-person develop stronger bonds.


Unplug From The Matrix

Don’t believe that surfing the web while you do your homework or while you’re on your job is a doable task because you’re highly proficient in multi-tasking. Studies have proven this to be false when compared to those who solely focused on a singular task at one time. Multi-tasking can hinder your brain from not only being able to filter out impediments, but it increased the difficulty of committing absorb information to memory. If you feel you may be guilty of using too much social media step back and take a break from it.

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Can Blogging Help Teens with Anxiety?

»Posted by on Apr 24, 2017 in Anxiety | 0 comments

Can Blogging Help Teens with Anxiety?

Writing out your feelings is a great thing to do, but public journals or blogs are even better for teenagers than the traditional notebook and pen, according to recent studies.

The recent study shows that teenagers who use a blog to share their thoughts and feelings often find the activity to be very therapeutic. This is especially true when commenters offer them emotional support. In a recent study from the University of Haifa, teenagers who had social anxiety were separated into two groups. One group blogged about their thoughts and feelings, but their blogs were not open to comments. Another group also blogged about their thoughts and feelings, but their blogs were open to comments. The study showed that the group who had blogs that were open to comments received the most benefits.

Writing out your thoughts and feelings, especially when you can discuss them with other teens who are struggling with anxiety all over the globe, can be incredibly beneficial. There are plenty of places online where you can blog. Try WordPress.com, Tumblr, or Blogger. These are online communities that have a ton of users already that will welcome you and read your blog.

I think one of the most important things to remember for teens that have anxiety is that it is healthy to express your thoughts and feelings, and it is extremely helpful to discover that you are not alone. Other teens have anxiety, and other people understand everything you are going through. When you realize this, you feel less alone, more connected to others, and you feel less anxious.

So why not try blogging? It can be an incredibly therapeutic activity, and you’ll find that when you can share your thoughts with the world, you will feel less alone, and you will feel like there are people who understand you and are willing to listen. Because the thing is, there are people who know what you are going through and who will be compassionate and help you through it.

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Sexual Health for Teens: Education is the Answer

»Posted by on Jan 17, 2017 in Blog, Sexual Health | 0 comments

Sexual Health for Teens: Education is the Answer

Are you a teenager who is sexually active? There is no shame in this. The majority of teens these days are having sexual encounters with each other. It is perfectly natural to be exploring your feelings in this area. But you need to be educated so that you can have healthy experiences, avoid sexually transmitted diseases, avoid pregnancy, and avoid some of the emotional pain as well that comes along with being sexually active.

Understand How to Use Birth Control and Condoms

There are many resources available to you that will explain what types of birth control and prophylactics are available to you. Make sure you know the proper way to wear a condom, and make sure you understand everything about birth control medication that you may be considering. It’s much better to be prepared when it comes to being sexually active so that you will not find yourself with an unwanted pregnancy. Talk to your doctor or school nurse if you have questions about sexual health.

Find an Adult You Can Talk To

If you can talk to your parents about becoming sexually active, please do so. I know it is a topic that is uncomfortable for most teens. However, if you can have an open and honest conversation with your parents, it will feel a lot better. If you cannot talk to your parents, find an adult you can trust to discuss becoming sexually active with, like an aunt or a school counselor. If you have a responsible adult to discuss the huge decision to become sexually active with, you will be able to really consider every aspect of this big move.

Consider Who You are With

Your first time having a sexual experience should be with someone you love and care about. You don’t want to go to a party and have an awkward experience with a stranger. Becoming sexually active is a huge decision, and you should not take it lightly. Sex should be an intimate act with someone you love and want to share something profound with. It should not be taken lightly.

The most important thing to remember when you are considering becoming sexually active is to become well educated. You want to seek out advice from responsible adults, and you want to find the right resources. One good place to look for resources on sexual health is our resources page. There you will be directed to websites from organizations and groups that will help you.

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Social Media and Bullying: The Best Tips for Teens in the 21st Century

»Posted by on Jan 14, 2017 in Blog, Self-Esteem | 0 comments

Social Media and Bullying: The Best Tips for Teens in the 21st Century

It’s not easy to be a teenager in this day and age. When you come home from school, you are still connected to everyone you know, and social media gives everyone a way to communicate with you constantly, see what you’re doing, and often say cruel and harsh things. This is not an easy thing to deal with. There are ways to make it a little easier though. There are things you need to remember as a teen so that you will not get caught up in cyber bullying.

Limit Your Social Media Time

I know it can be addicting, but you should limit your time on social media. The best way to go about doing this is to fill your life with other activities. You won’t be able to look at Snapchat if you are going for a run. You won’t be able to browse Tumblr if you are reading a paper book at the library. You won’t feel the need to sit around on Facebook looking at photos of your friends if you are with your friends at the coffee shop. Get involved with other activities, and stay active.

Focus on Your Own Self-Esteem

It’s easy to get caught up in worrying about what other people think of you. But part of being a teenager is discovering what kind of person you want to be as an adult. Make a list of 25 things you like about yourself and 25 things you would like to accomplish in the future. Hang the list on your wall or somewhere else you can easily see it. Anytime someone says something negative to you, go back to your list.

Surround Yourself with Positive People

You want to become friends with people who will encourage you and uplift you, not people who will tear you down and discourage you or make you feel bad about yourself. The best way to meet positive people is to engage in positive activities. Join a team sport or an after school club. Accomplishing something with a group of people will help you to become the type of friends who encourage each other.

Do Not Engage with Bullies and Trolls

Some people on the internet just love to say negative and destructive things. You should not take it personally, and above all, you should not engage with these people. Completely ignore them. Block them. Delete their comments. Act like they have had zero impact on you and soon, that will be the truth.

Being a teenager today is difficult. The best thing that you can do is to work on your own self-image, your own level of confidence. If you have a strong sense of self, you will not feel so affected by the comments of others, especially on the internet.


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