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Teens under the Influence: The Truth about Kids, Alcohol, and Other Drugs- How to Recognize the Problem and What to Do about Itby Katherine Ketcham
Synopses & Reviews
Why Kids Get Hooked
Fighting the stigma of alcohol and drug problems in youth presents us with a real challenge because there are really two pervasive stigmas-abusing alcohol and other drugs and being an adolescent.
Coupled with the stigma is our imperfect understanding of the reasons and mechanisms that lead to these problems. Substance-use disorders are truly complex and involve an interaction of biological and environmental forces. When we add in the influence of the family, peers, boredom, the natural risk-taking of adolescents, serious co-occurring emotional and behavioral disorders, and the sheer availability of alcohol and other drugs, we've clearly got a complicated situation on our hands.
On the other hand, this very complexity gives us more choices for early intervention and treatment tailored specifically to the individual adolescent's needs, and these innovative methods are showing more and more promise.
A seven-year-old friend of mine named Chandler put it best: Kids need Health.
-David Lewis, M.D., Professor of Medicine and Community Health, Donald G. Millar Distinguished Professor of Alcohol and Addiction Studies at Brown University, and project director of the Physician Leadership on National Drug Policy
The Road Less Traveled
The only good is knowledge, and the only evil is ignorance
The beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something we do not understand.
Thomas is a tall, good-looking kid with a winning smile and a cocky attitude. Intelligent and articulate, he seems much older than his sixteen years.
In the last four years, Thomas has been arrested eleven times for assault, malicious mischief, reckless endangerment, minor-in-possession and minor-in-consumption charges, and various probation violations. This time he's locked up in the Juvenile Justice Detention Center for thirty days; it’s the fourth time he’s been in detention in the last seven months.
Thomas knows he has a problem with alcohol, but he isn't worried. He thinks he can quit whenever he wants.
I just don’t want to, he says with a confident smile. Alcohol makes me feel good, you know, happy, crazy, full of myself. It gives me liquid courage-I feel like I can be and do anything.
He drinks, he says, for all sorts of reasons-to get high, to get numb, to get crazy with his friends, to forget about his troubles, to feel good, to feel better. I don't always like myself when I'm sober, he admits, the cocky attitude disappearing for a moment. But after a few six-packs, I feel much better about myself.”
On what Thomas calls a normal night, he'll drink three forties (120 ounces of beer). On a party night, he’ll drink a case of beer or more.
When he drinks, he does stupid things. He drives drunk, or he gets into cars with other drunk drivers. He has sex with girls he doesn't know and doesn’t care about.
He doesn’t use condoms when he’s drunk because they're too much trouble. He steals money and possessions from his friends and neighbors or he sells his own CDs, clothes, or PlayStation games to get money to buy more beer.
He gets belligerent when he drinks and often gets into fights with his friends or with strangers. I g
Addresses the immediate dangers threatening teens who experiment with drugs, offering parents practical advice on how to intervene, in a guidebook that identifies common misperceptions about addiction while explaining the differences between adult and adolescent dependency. Original.
Across the United States, in small towns and major cities, in suburbs and slums, in public and private schools, thousands of kids are experimenting with drugs. Many of them will become addicts; some will die. The first and only book to focus entirely on adolescent alcohol and other drug use, Teens Under the Influence addresses the immediate dangers that threaten these kids—exploring the short- and long-term effects of their addiction and giving parents solid, sensitive, practical advice to combat this growing epidemic.
Knowledge is the key to defeating drug addictions, and that is what this comprehensive, timely new book provides. Full of candid true stories from adolescent drug users, with facts based on the most recent scientific research, Teens Under the Influence tells you exactly what you need to know to deal with your child’s problem, covering such important topics as
• The common myths and misconceptions about drug addiction
• The crucial differences between adult and adolescent dependency
• The reasons kids get hooked
• The stages of adolescent addiction
• The different kinds of drugs kids use and combine
• Various treatment options and how to choose the best treatment for your child
• Strategies for handling relapses
Teens Under the Influence offers practical help that may save your child’s life. It may save the life of a friend. And it may save your own.
Table of Contents
The road less traveled — "If you could only see inside me" — Why kids get hooked — Beyond the genes — Alcohol — Nicotine — Marijuana — Inhalants — Methamphetamines — LSD and other hallucinogens — Ecstasy and other club drugs — Cocaine — Heroin — OxyContin, RItalin, and other prescription drugs — Seeing the problem — Getting help : follow the L.E.A.D. guidelines — Intervention — Treatment — Relapses — Staying clean and sober — L.I.S.T.E.N. — Kids talking.
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