Results of Youth Study are Surprising

The Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey has measured drug, alcohol and cigarette use among adolescent students nationwide since 1975. Over 40,000 students from almost 400 public and private schools participated in the 2014 MTF survey. Many of the results are promising with a few notable exceptions. The use of cigarettes, alcohol, and abuse of prescription pain…

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Denial and Drug and Alcohol Abuse

In times of great stress, we shut down our awareness emotionally, sometimes intellectually and occasionally physically. Denial is a built-in mechanism operated to screen out devastating information and to prevent us from becoming overloaded. Denial is a conscious or unconscious defense that all of us use to avoid, reduce, or prevent anxiety when we are…

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How Unhealthy “Self-Talk” Hurts Your Sobriety

Here are some classic examples of negative self-talk that foster depression, hopelessness, low self esteem, suspiciousness of others and anxiety. Who needs it?! Black and White Thinking: This is the tendency to see things in an all-or-nothing fashion. Beware of words like “never,” “always,” “nothing” and “everyone.” If you think there are only two choices…

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Alcohol Advertising Directed at Kids through Music/Branding

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 39% of adolescents in the US are current drinkers, and about 22% are current binge drinkers. The average U.S. adolescent is also exposed to about 2.5 hours of popular music per day, and 8 mentions of alcohol brands every day. A study published in the online…

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Pot Exposure in Kids Younger than Six up 610% in States Where Pot is Legal

From 2006-2013, the rate of marijuana exposure among children younger than six rose by 147.5%, according to a new study conducted by researchers at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. In states that legalized medical marijuana use, the rate of exposure increased by almost 610%. The research was comprised from the National Poison Data System data, which compiles…

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