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How Do You Recognize That Your Kid Has a Drug or Alcohol Addiction?

Today, adolescents are not taking as much cocaine, crack, LSD, and ecstasy as the teenagers of the 1960s. They have discovered other ways and means to get high; painkillers and other prescription drugs are being abused at record levels. This upcoming generation of adolescents has been named “Generation Rx”.

Adolescents are frequently getting caught raiding their parent’s or grandparent’s medicine cabinets in order to get high. For the first time, national studies demonstrate that today’s teens are more likely to have abused a prescription painkiller than any illegal drug.

Adolescents may get involved with prescription drugs in different ways. The experimental stage can be extremely hazardous because kids often don’t see the relationship between their actions today the consequences of their actions tomorrow.

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The majority of teens have a tendency to feel indestructible and immune to the issues that others experience. Certain teens will experiment and stop, while others may continue to use occasionally without any important problem. Then there are those who develop a dependency; these are the ones that need instantaneous intervention and help to learn to make better choices.

It is impossible to predict which adolescents will experiment and stop and which ones will develop important problems. Be aware of what your child is doing and who they are doing it with. The followings are certain warning indicators of teenagers at risk for developing serious prescription-drug addiction: a family history of substance or alcohol abuse, depression, low self-esteem, feel like they don’t fit in and are not popular with the mainstream, often feel sluggish and have difficulty sleeping and aggressive and rebellious attitude toward authority figures.

Prescription-drug abuse is rising; the main reason is that they are so readily accessible. If your kid has one or more of the above behaviors, get help from a professional.

Certain information that you can share with your teen about prescription medications is:

Pharmaceuticals used without a prescription or a physician’s supervision can be just as dangerous as taking illicit drugs or alcohol.
Abusing painkillers is similar to abusing heroin because their ingredients are alike (both are opiates).
Prescription medications are strong drugs. Medications help sick individuals and are administered by a physician. When prescription medication is not taken for sickness and not administered by a professional, it becomes a regulated substance and the impact on the person can be fatal.
Several pills look the same and adolescents may get them mixed up. This can cause various reactions in different individuals due to the body’s chemistry. It is very hazardous to take pills that are unknown.
Mixing drugs with other substances is extremely hazardous. Certain individuals have allergic reactions to different chemicals when they are mixed together.
What can you do to help prevent adolescents or any other individual from getting involved with prescription drug abuse and addiction? The best thing to do is keep your prescription substances in a safe place: don’t put them in the medicine cabinet in your bathroom because that is the first place adolescent’s will look. If doable, lock them up in a cabinet or secure box. Talk to your adolescent and warn them of the hazards of prescription drug abuse and the addiction it develops.

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Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. He also dealt with the families and friends of those people; he saw first-hand how much strain addiction puts on a family and how it can tear relationships apart. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people.

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