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Are you concerned that your teen is using drugs or alcohol to self-medicate? Self-medication is more common among teens than most realize with nearly 46 percent of adolescents reporting self-medication habits. It is a normal response to seek relief from pain and how people choose to self-medicate varies widely. Self-medication can take the form of intense exercise,…

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Alcohol use among teens is nothing new. Testing boundaries and pushing limits is a normal part of teen behavior but continual substance abuse for teens is not. Teenage substance abuse can have negative consequences including a lifelong battle with addiction.  For many teens, drinking goes beyond social behavior and is used to mask or suppress…

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As teenagers grow and seek new experiences, parents begin to worry about the risks associated with these new experiences. Teen substance abuse can have a substantial negative impact on the lives of teens and their families, leading to addiction, co-occurring mental illness, and even death. Learn more about self-medication, substance abuse, and addiction in teens,…

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