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Reclaiming Family Dinners

In Parenting, Relationships by Sarah Hink

Teen addiction is a very real problem. Whether your child is binge drinking with friends, smoking, “vaping”, experimenting with K2, marijuana, or hard drugs, parents should be aware of the short and long-term effects that addiction poses on their children. It is a truly dangerous path to start down at a critical stage of their physical, social, and emotional development. In response to the risks of teen addiction, the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse encourages parents to engage and spend time with their children in order to reduce the risks of substance abuse and other self-harming behaviors. Try Reinstating Family Dinners Parents are therefore encouraged to have dinner with their children. This is based on the common sense theory that when children spend more quality time with their …

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Recognizing Addiction: How do I Know if I or Someone I Care About has an Alcohol or Drug Problem?

In Health, Lifestyle by Dr. J. Byron Brooks

It’s not always easy to see when your drinking has crossed the line from moderate or social use to problem drinking or drug use.  We often only identify the “alcoholic” or “addict” when they seem to have hit the bottom:  loss of a job, legal problems, health issues, serious family strife, etc, but the warning signs start long before then.  In my nearly 30 years as a therapist, alcohol and other drug abuse is one of the most common factors in separation and divorce.  For the alcoholic or addict, their drug becomes the most important relationship in their life. Alcoholism and other drug abuse are due to many factors, such as genetics, family environment, social environment, and your emotional health. People who have a family history of alcoholism or who …