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Addiction doesn’t happen in a vacuum. Its effects can often be felt for generations. Addiction doesn’t just affect those who are abusing. It can live on to affect the generations that follow. When one or both parents suffer from substance abuse or alcoholism, mental health issues or rage, trauma is created. Trauma at an early […]

Results from the U.S. government’s Monitoring the Future study was released this week and focuses on trends in teen drug use. A new national study of teenagers’ substance abuse and their attitudes toward drugs and drug use highlights some troubling trends that raise serious concerns, according to Gil Kerlikowske, Director of National Drug Control Policy. […]

Kelly Osbourne blames her famous rocker dad for her addiction. What role do genetics play in drug and alcohol abuse? The Osbourne family’s drug problems have been well documented. Dad Ozzy battled an addiction to drugs and alcohol for years, but how did his struggles affect children Kelly and Jack? The two were teens when […]

Blue eyes or a talent for sports can be genetically transmitted, but a predisposition for depression, drug abuse or alcoholism can also be passed through the genes. Genetics aren’t inherently good or bad. We are a complex mix of those who went before us, including many good and not-so-good traits. You may love that you […]

Americans 18-25 are at high risk for drug and alcohol use and many need treatment, so why aren’t they getting help? It’s no surprise that teens and young adults are at particular risk for alcohol and drug use. As a result, they are warned about these vices from an early age with parents, teachers and […]

Noted philosopher Noah benShea shares a personal story about how caring for others impacts the burdens we carry. Doctors say there is enough salt in one pickle to give us all the sodium we need for a year. I’d like more years, and so I consume fewer pickles. But this is a story I still […]

Addiction doesn’t occur in a bubble. It affects those around you, most notably family and loved ones. While a substance abuse problem manifests itself in an individual, if the solution involves the family too, the benefits can include longer lasting sobriety. Here’s how family can play a role in treatment: Become informed While a loved […]