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How do I talk to my teen about substance use?

Having an open and honest conversation with your teenager about substance can be challenging, but it’s an essential step to support a sober and healthy future for your teen. Here are some tips to help guide your discussion: Choose the Right Time and Place: Find a calm and private setting where both of you can…

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What substances can someone become addicted to?

Because addiction is a brain disease, it’s possible to become addicted to any substance that acts on the brain’s reward system. According to the DSM-5, categories of substance use disorders include: Alcohol Use Disorder: This involves the misuse of alcohol products like beer, wine, and liquor. Cannabis Use Disorder: This involves the misuse of marijuana…

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How can I tell if my loved one has a harmful relationship to drugs or alcohol?

When someone’s relationship with drugs and/or alcohol has become unhealthy, it is very common to see them prioritize obtaining and using substances over other important parts of life, such as family relationships, friendships and recreation, school and career, physical health, mental health, housing, finances, and legal consequences. Drugs make healthy thinking and functioning difficult by…

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What is addiction?

The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) defines addiction as: “Addiction is a treatable, chronic medical disease involving complex interactions among brain circuits, genetics, the environment, and an individual’s life experiences. People with addiction use substances or engage in behaviors that become compulsive and often continue despite harmful consequences. Prevention efforts and treatment approaches for…

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