Is substance abuse a coping mechanism for childhood abuse?
It can be easy to look at a teen using drugs or abusing alcohol and think that they made a choice to harm themselves. But what if it is a coping mechanism? What if this person couldn’t find or access any other form of help and this is the only way they know to escape…Read more
Victims of childhood abuse more likely to abuse substances and relapse
Childhood abuse and neglect have serious consequences for the adolescent, raising their risk of mental health issues, health issues, social issues, and substance abuse. A recent study found that childhood abuse can and will even raise their risk of relapse after recovering from a substance abuse problem. The instance of child abuse and neglect is…Read more
Teen cannabis use linked with adverse developmental and mental health outcomes
The more prevalent cannabis becomes in our society, the more we must seek to understand it. This means more studies on what cannabis actually does and how it affects the users, which comprise of all the age groups. Considering the lack of understanding of the effects of cannabis on its users, especially adolescents, a recent…Read more
An overview of spice or synthetic marijuana use
Have you walked through a convenience store and noticed multiple small packages, normally shiny aluminum ones, that state “Not for Human Consumption” that could pass for incense? If you have, then you may have been looking at synthetic marijuana. Also known by several other names such as K2 or spice, synthetic marijuana is a dried,…Read more
How can parents identify drug abuse in teens?
Teen years are full of enthusiasm, anxiety, fears, and the process of growing up. Teens undergo puberty at this time which results in a cyclone of hormonal changes and fluctuating emotions in them. They are drawn towards the opposite sex, indulge in risky behavior such as fast driving and sex with multiple partners, and also…Read more