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The everything parent's guide to teenage addiction : a compmprehensive and supportive reference to help your child recover from addiction
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Lynam, Edward, 1962-
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Avon, Massachusetts : Adams Media, [2014]
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304 pages ; 22 cm.
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English
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9781440582974
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Professional advice for finding the right treatment for your child

If your teen or preteen is struggling with an addiction to drugs or alcohol, you need to find the best treatment for your child. With The Everything Parent's Guide to Teenage Addiction , you'll learn how to take an active role in helping your child on the road to recovery. With this invaluable resource, you will begin to understand the complex nature and scope of teen addiction, and learn to: Recognize warning signs Identify symptoms and causes Choose appropriate treatment Discuss your child's addiction openly Avoid the chance of relapse Featuring healthy and attainable recovery solutions for any situation, including alternative recovery therapies, this companion will be your guide as you help your child, rebuild your relationship, and heal the damage caused by addiction.


Author Notes

Edward Lynom, MD, specializes in addiction psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry, and has been involved in the care of adolescents with substance abuse issues for twenty-five years. He is a member of the American Psychiatric Association, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and the American Medical Association.
Ellen Bowers, PhD, is a psychologist who has helped individuals overcome issues with addiction, codependency, and the effects of these for thirty years. As part of her work in addiction recovery, Dr. Bowers works with patients' families as well, helping them understand the nature of the addictions and what a parent can do to cope.


Table of Contents

Introductionp. 12
Chapter 1 Understanding Addiction in Teensp. 15
Defining Addictionp. 15
Consider a Historical Perspectivep. 17
Making Sense of Teen Culturep. 21
Recognizing Demographics: Addiction Does Not Discriminatep. 23
Is There a Cure for Addiction?p. 24
Is Addiction a Disease or a Moral Issue?p. 26
Chapter 2 What Causes Addiction?p. 27
Predispositionp. 27
Genetic Factorsp. 29
Compulsivityp. 31
Immaturityp. 32
Defining Important Termsp. 34
Use, Abuse, Tolerance, and Withdrawalp. 34
Situational Triggersp. 37
Chapter 3 The Cultural Context of Addictionp. 39
The Addicted Societyp. 39
Media Pressuresp. 41
The Celebrity Factorp. 43
Advertisingp. 46
Seeking an Identityp. 49
Ethnic Pressures and Distractionsp. 50
Chapter 4 Factors in Teenage Addictionp. 51
Parental Addictionp. 51
Single-Parent Familiesp. 52
Povertyp. 53
Peer Influencep. 53
Violence in the Environmentp. 55
Role Modelsp. 58
Specific Stressorsp. 61
Mental Illness in the Familyp. 64
Chapter 5 Why Does My Child Act That Way?p. 66
Suspicious Behaviorsp. 66
Disappearing Money or Valuable Possessionsp. 68
Lower Grades in Schoolp. 69
Sudden Change in Choice of Friendsp. 70
Changing Manners: A Rude Awakeningp. 71
My Teen Just Wants to Be Alonep. 73
Scuffles with the Lawp. 77
Chapter 6 Prevention Methodsp. 80
Communication Mattersp. 80
Question Everything: Required Reportingp. 82
Recognize Early Warning Signsp. 83
Clean Up Your Own Actp. 89
Share Family Stories, Especially Skeletons in the Closetp. 90
Encourage Normal Adolescent Developmental Tasksp. 91
Listen to Your Childp. 93
Chapter 7 The Normal Teenage Brain versus the Addicted Teenage Brainp. 95
Addiction Impacts the Brainp. 95
Hijacking the Brainp. 96
The Monster on the Facep. 98
Brain Chemistry Changes with Drug Usep. 99
The Pleasure-Reward Systemp. 102
The Roles of Dopamine and Serotoninp. 103
Permanent Damage: The Brain Is Rewiredp. 105
Chapter 8 The Substance Addictionsp. 109
Alcoholp. 109
Methamphetaminep. 113
Tobaccop. 114
Marijuanap. 116
Cocainep. 118
Prescription Drugsp. 119
Heroinp. 121
Ecstasyp. 122
Chapter 9 The Behavioral Addictionsp. 123
Internetp. 123
Gamingp. 125
Pornographyp. 127
Texting/Sextingp. 129
Spending and Shopliftingp. 131
Gangs-Preoccupation with Crimep. 133
Overeating or Undereatingp. 134
Relationship and Sex Addictionp. 135
Chapter 10 Treatment Options for Your Teenp. 137
What to Expect in Rehabilitation Treatment: It's Not One Size Fits Allp. 137
Outpatient Treatmentp. 140
Medical Approaches to Adolescent Treatmentp. 141
Financial Considerationsp. 142
How to Find a Good Therapistp. 143
What Happens after Treatment?p. 149
Chapter 11 The Twelve Steps Approachp. 150
Historyp. 150
Success Ratep. 151
Specific Groups That Can Helpp. 153
Alcoholics Anonymous for Young Adultsp. 154
Common Questions and Concernsp. 158
Chapter 12 The Baffling Aspects of Addictionp. 163
Denial and Lyingp. 163
Self-Destructionp. 167
Preying on Those They Love the Mostp. 169
Charm, Charisma, Creativity, and Intelligencep. 170
Emotional Immaturityp. 172
Chapter 13 It's a Family Affairp. 173
Coping with the Effects on N on addicted Siblingsp. 173
Preserving Your Marriage and Balanced Lifep. 175
Strive for Normalcy, in Spite of the Addictionp. 176
How Important Is Your Image?p. 178
Maintaining Open Communicationp. 181
Sanity Savers for You and Your Familyp. 182
Chapter 14 The Spiritual Componentp. 184
New Ways to Think about Spiritualityp. 184
Developing Rituals of Meaningp. 185
Meditationp. 192
How to Find Kindred Soulsp. 195
Overcoming Negative Associationsp. 196
Finding a Higher Selfp. 199
Chapter 15 Emotional Sobrietyp. 201
The Hole in the Soulp. 201
Peace for Yourselfp. 202
Ensuring Your Teenager's Serenity, No Matter Whatp. 203
The Quiet Within the Stormp. 205
Help the Teen Create a Go-To Emergency Action Listp. 206
Realize Clear Mental Choicesp. 207
Replace the Addict Friends with an Emergency Call Listp. 211
Chapter 16 Create Your Action Planp. 212
Your Role as a Support Personp. 212
Dealing with Cravingsp. 214
What to Do If There's a Relapsep. 216
Dealing with the Aftermathp. 219
Chapter 17 When to Cut Ties with an Older Teenage Addictp. 223
Detachmentp. 223
Damage to Other Members of the Familyp. 225
Seeking Spiritual Solacep. 228
Love the Person, Hate the Diseasep. 228
Savor Small Momentsp. 230
Chapter 18 Healthy Self-Care for You and Your Familyp. 232
Strive for a Balancep. 232
Exercise, Meditation, Social Connectionsp. 237
Support Groupsp. 240
Therapy for Yourselfp. 241
Prescription for Isolation and Shamep. 242
Chapter 19 Alternative Treatment Approachesp. 244
Musicp. 244
Sportsp. 246
Mindful Meditationp. 248
Nutritional Therapiesp. 250
Service and Workp. 251
Equine Therapyp. 252
Expressive Arts Therapiesp. 253
Chapter 20 Maintenance: A New Normp. 256
A Routine for Healthy Sobrietyp. 256
Cultivating Self-Disciplinep. 257
Rewards Within the Familyp. 259
Forgive and Forgetp. 259
Diligence Without Helicopter Surveillancep. 260
Hang with New Peersp. 261
Genuine Hope for New Beginningsp. 262
Appendix A Those Who Have Been Therep. 263
Appendix B Helpful Websitesp. 283
Appendix C Additional Resourcesp. 288
Appendix D Teen Drug Slang Glossaryp. 292
Appendix E Recommended Books and Pamphlets for Teensp. 296
Indexp. 297

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