Formed in 1980 by a coalition of concerned parents, the National Federation of Parents for Drug Free Youth got a big boost when Nancy Reagan served as its honorary chair. The organization later changed their name to the National Family Partnership (NFP) and in 1985 created the nation’s largest drug prevention program, the Red Ribbon Campaign.
Adolescence is a confusing period of emotional highs and lows. These are years when kids are, for the first time, experiencing an identity separate from that of their parents and home. Whether it is the freedom of driving a car or having their own job or even their first romantic relationship, teens are figuring out how to be their own person.
According to the U.N. 2013 World Drug Report, the number of “designer drugs” is increasing at an unprecedented rate, presenting a new challenge for legislators across the world in terms of public health. The report reveals that the number of designer drugs has skyrocketed over the last three years, but it might not come as a surprise to everybody. From the unforgettable reports of bath salt-induced cannibalism, comatose N-bomb users, and hammer-swinging, naked Kratom users, you might be well aware that the substances in the spotlight today aren’t the “usual suspects” like cocaine and heroin, but the extent of the problem has been driven home with the new report. Full Story
When one person is caught in addiction, they usually take several close loved ones into the swirl of pain and turmoil along with them. Families who have a dear one living in addiction usually experience a gamut of emotions. Fear, anger, guilt, concern, shame and frustration are the norm for those closest to the addicted person. However, without meaning to do so, the family who wants to help can actually wind up exhibiting behaviors that are enabling rather than helpful. It isn’t the desire to help that is missing; it is knowing how to help that is absent. Here are six ways you can help. Full Story
Students entering college are facing many decisions about the lifestyle they will have during college. Many students transition to new habits relating to food, exercise and social activities. For some, the first weeks will introduce new opportunities to consume alcohol that will shape the patterns of drinking for their college career. Full Story
By the time our sons and daughters have gone off to college, we may think that they’ve entered an exciting new chapter of their lives. While it is true that the college years can be full of discovery, meeting new people, learning new things, and broadening perspective on life and living, college also brings with it many temptations and opportunities to go overboard with alcohol and drugs. Full Story
Let’s face it: It’s tough being the parents of a teenager. Your mind races with thoughts of all the dangerous situations your child can become involved in, not the least of which is experimentation with alcohol and drugs. But when the symptoms of drug and alcohol abuse start mounting up, it’s time to take action in the form of a teen intervention. Full Story
A specific area of the brain may be responsible for a gambler’s activities and decisions, and could help researchers understand why people make decisions in other areas of their lives. Full Story
Research shows that over the last 10 years, underage drinking has doubled in the United Kingdom. Researchers at King’s College London’s Institute of Psychiatry conducted a study that suggests that a personality-based intervention held by teachers can help prevent substance abuse among adolescents.
A study from Bangor University in North Wales suggests that two programs can help problem drinkers reduce their alcohol consumption. After following the Alcohol Attention-Control Training Program (AACTP) or the Life Enhancement and Advancement Program (LEAP), drinkers had positive results.