Wednesday, 31 May 2017

How To Overcome Drug Addiction

Is addiction curable at home? Generally, addicted individuals have a difficulty dealing with life that they have chosen. In the process of recovery, emotional pain can be evident. The newly sober person can feel fears and anxieties that can actually cause them to revert to addictive behaviors. This is all part of the withdrawal process. […]

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Tuesday, 30 May 2017

How Does Drug Addiction Affect The Brain?

Your brain is a very important part of you. It allows you to think, breathe, move, feel, and speak. It is only 3 pounds of gray and white matter resting on your skull, but it serves as your “mission control.” You perceive information from your surroundings through the brain because it can receive, process, and […]

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Celebrate Your Victories, No Matter How Small

The Value of Celebrating Victories
~Green-In-MI, SMART Recovery Volunteer

Celebrate Victories

In my experience, progress toward a lifestyle of abstinence at times seems insurmountable; like you’re standing at the bottom of a mountain craning your neck to see a peak that looks impossibly high up and far away. Any given day may be a struggle against urges, old habits, and other potential problems. You look at people who have a month of abstinence and think “that’s a long time…I can barely go a few days”. You look at others who may have a year or more of abstinence and think “that’s so long, I’ll never get there.”

But you keep coming back. Addiction recovery takes work. You keep learning. You keep talking to others. You keep working on the tools. Next thing you know, your work begins to pay off. You have a week, or maybe a month. Maybe you successfully navigate a situation that caused problems in the past.

You come back to a SMART meeting or to chat and report your success, and suddenly a half dozen people congratulate you for your ‘victory’. You’ve successfully climbed part of the way up that impossible mountain. As you top each little rise on the way to the summit you might find yourself looking back and noticing “that wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be”.

SMART encourages celebrating reaching those hill tops on the way to the summit and keeping that momentum going. That’s one of the reasons SMARTies are so happy to celebrate one week or even one day of abstinence. Even something like going out with friends for dinner and ordering water as your beverage is a part of the process. All those little hills add up.

Going out and having water instead of wine may seem so small to some, but it represents new strength and acquisition of new skills. If you look back from the top of each hill you might notice the new skill it took to get there. On one hill you learn to socialize without your drug of choice. On another hill you learn to battle through an afternoon where the urges never seem to let up. On a third hill maybe you finally nail doing an effective ABC on the fly. These all add up and build expertise, confidence, and momentum. And those hills, just like real life hills, help prepare you for the next hill.

Celebrating reaching the top of a little hill is really celebrating important progress – a new piece of the puzzle in building a lifestyle of abstinence. Go ahead and celebrate. Take a minute and enjoy the view from halfway up the mountain. It’s not so impossible is it?

About the author: Green-In-MI is a SMART Recovery Online Member and Volunteer. He continues to build on his progress and enjoys endurance sports and gardening.


Monday, 29 May 2017

What Is Drug Addiction?

Addiction is believed to be a chronic disease that is characterized by the compulsion to use a substance with difficulty in controlling one’s cravings. The desire is common despite the knowledge of its harmful side-effects. In most cases, the initial decision to use drugs is still voluntary. With repeated use, drugs can result in brain […]

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Friday, 26 May 2017

What Is The Difference Between Oxycontin And Oxycodone?

Oxycodone is often thought of as the lesser of the two evils as it is most often used in combination with other medications. This opiate is often formulated alongside Tylenol or Ibuprofen in several formulations. The number of prescription pain relievers with Oxycodone components include Tylox, Percodan, Percocet and of course, OxyContin. OxyContin, on the […]

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Thursday, 25 May 2017

Am I an Alcoholic? How to Know if You Are Suffering from Alcoholism

The first step in fixing any problem is identifying it. Sometimes people just don’t recognize a problem even if it is staring them in the face. And so it’s no surprise that people who are abusing alcohol don’t even know that they are doing it. It becomes especially confusing when heavy drinking is associated with […]

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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

What is Alcoholism: Everything You Need to Know

Alcohol is viewed so casually by this modern-day society that people tend to forget the huge risk that comes with drinking it regularly: alcoholism. In fact, alcoholism is so often portrayed on television, particularly in sitcoms, as a reliable source of jokes. Alcoholic characters are seen as clumsy and bumbling—and we laugh at their inability […]

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Tuesday, 23 May 2017

The Symptoms of Alcoholism

When drinking casually with friends develops into abuse, you know you have a problem. But when abuse turns into dependence, and becomes full blown alcoholism, you’ve got a problem that requires medical assistance. It’s hard to recover from alcoholism. The fact that the drink itself is addictive is only one thing you have to be […]

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5 Things You Need To Know About SMART Recovery

Addiction  Recovery 101, with Tom Horvath, Ph.D.

“Set your own goals for your life and for your recovery.” ~ Dr. Tom Horvath

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The 5 Things Series contains footage of Recovery Research Institute interviews with international experts in addiction treatment and recovery.

A. Tom Horvath, Ph.D., is a California licensed clinical psychologist (ABPP), the founder & CEO of Practical Recovery and a long time volunteer for SMART Recovery.



Wednesday, 17 May 2017

How to Control Your Alcohol Consumption-Is It Possible For Alcoholics? Spoiler ALERT- NO

Alcoholism is something many people struggle with. It’s just the harsh reality of life. People start out drinking socially, until they find themselves abusing alcohol, and then before they know it they lose control. They become alcoholics. And so this harsh reality must be faced with equally realistic solutions. There are alcohol rehabilitation centers and […]

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Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Dating an Alcoholic: What You Need to learn from people Who’ve Been through It

Having an alcoholic in the family is difficult. Having a friend who is an alcoholic is difficult. But dating an alcoholic is more difficult. It’s not entirely their fault: alcohol has taken control of their body and they can’t live without it. Withdrawal symptoms will keep them drinking even if they want to quit. By […]

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Navigating The Road To Recovery

How can you prevent relapse?
Henry Steinberger, Ph.D.

Relapse prevention is essential in recovery from chemical and behavioral addictions. Why? Because addiction has been found to reoccur more often when steps are not taken to cope with the cravings, urges, peer pressures, situational cues, bodily discomforts, neuro-biological changes, and other factors which pave the way for slips and relapses.

Therefore, we regard relapse as a “normal” (though distinctly undesirable) possibility on the road to recovery. When you choose to view a relapse as a mistake, grist for the mill,  a learning opportunity and a discrete single event rather than viewing it as a total failure and as evidence predictive of failures, then your chances for success increase greatly.

“The person who really thinks, learns quite as much from his failures as from his successes.” – John Dewey

Top 10 relapse prevention strategies

1. Learn to willingly accept your mind – The first step to preventing relapse is to understand and accept your mind. The presence of whatever your mind produces such as thoughts, beliefs, images, memories, feelings, or sensations is temporary. Even if you don’t like them, if you understand that the ideas your mind creates will change, you do not need to act on what your mind is thinking. This goes for urges and cravings. Note how they simply come and go. They may seem like a problem, but avoiding them through addictive behavior appears as the real problem in the long run. Consider learning and practicing “Mindfulness” to increase your ability to “sit with” or “ride out” urges without acting on them.

2. Get psychological and medical help when needed – When needed, seek and get psychological and medical help for psychiatric illnesses and to learn better ways of coping with life events. Treatment options for addiction  are not limited to psychotherapy or support groups. Consider the use of prescription medications like Disulfiram (Antabuse®), Naltrexone (ReVia®), Acamprosate (Campral®), etc., as a sign of positive action and never as a mark of failure or inadequacy. Take your medications as prescribed.

3. Stimulus control – Begin to understand and practice stimulus control. Change the “activating events,” cues or “triggers” which can be changed. Accept those which can’t be changed. They can cue you, but they don’t rule you.

4. PIG Awareness – Live with awareness of the PIG (Problem of Immediate Gratification). Learn about the PIG concept and of natural penalties for slips, lapses and relapses. Carry, review and update a Cost-Benefit Analysis or list of reasons for sticking to your change plan.

5. AIDs Awareness – Beware of Apparently Irrelevant Decisions (AIDs) that lead to high risk situations and using. Recovery requires living with greater awareness or mindfulness.

6. Beware of the “Abstinence Violation Effect” (the use of a small slip as an excuse for a major relapse). Carry your how-to-cope reminder instructions. Remember: “One ‘swallow’ does not make a summer, nor a relapse.”

7. Find valued directions for your life – Developing a balanced life with healthy indulgences and activities that can substitute for unhealthy and undesirable addictive behaviors is a good start. But in the long run we each need to decide what is really important to be doing and commit ourselves to acting on those values, taking us each in our own valued life directions.

8. Take better care of yourself – TLC stands for Therapeutic Lifestyle Change. Staying clean from drugs and alcohol or abstaining from unwanted behaviors is part of living a balanced life.  Ample evidence exists that you can improve your mental health through exercise, better diet and nutrition (including Omega-3 found in fish oils), getting out in nature, developing and maintaining good human relationships, engaging in recreation and vital absorbing activities, relaxation, meditation, and altruistic involvements like volunteering service in one’s community.

9. Learn and apply the SMART Recovery® Four Point Program™ and Recovery Tools – Read, study, learn and apply what you learn. If you don’t help yourself, who is going to help you? Self-help requires determination and work on your part. That’s why it’s called self-help.

10. Reward yourself – Be sure to celebrate successes and reward yourself for successful abstinence, compliance with treatment and follow up.

Dr. Steinberger, licensed psychologist since 1987, Fellow of the Albert Ellis Institute for Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy since 1991, holds the Certificate of Proficiency in the Treatment of Alcohol and Other Psychoactive Substance Use Disorders from the College of Professional Psychology of the APA, and uses Acceptance & Commitment Therapy in his private practice, Advanced Psychotherapy & Recovery Options.

Reference sources:  The ideas summarized as: Willing Acceptance and Mindfulness, mentioned in item 1, and finding valued life directions, mentioned in item 7, can be found in the self-help literature of Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT). You can learn more with a web search. The PIG and Abstinence Violation Effect were suggested and researched by the late Alan Marlatt. The extensive research supporting Therapeutic Lifestyle Change, mentioned in item 8, is summarized in an article by Roger Walsh (“Lifestyle and Mental Health” in American Psychologist, Oct. 2011). The “Cycles of Change Model”, mentioned in item 11, was adapted from Changing for Good a book by Prochaska, Norcross and DiClemente. The rest is drawn from The SMART Recovery Handbook (Henry Steinberger, editor, 2004) and the SMART Recovery website where more information on Relapse Prevention can be found.


Monday, 15 May 2017

How long does it take to detox from opiates

Opioids belong to a group of drugs user as a treatment for moderate to severe pain. These drugs are derived from the opium poppy plant. Opioids often referred to as opiates and narcotics. Codeine, morphine, and heroin sometimes referred to as opiates. Meanwhile, the other drugs including synthetic opiates like Oxycontin are referred to as […]

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Friday, 12 May 2017

What is in Suboxone

Suboxone is a combination of Buprenorphine and Naloxone prescription used to treat opioid addiction. Also, the drug contains one part Naloxone in every four parts of Buprenorphine. Buprenorphine belongs to a group of drugs called opioid partial agonists. It works to relieve the withdrawal symptoms of opiates. Meanwhile, Naloxone is a class of drugs referred […]

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Thursday, 11 May 2017

How Opiates Work In The Brain

Opioids stick to the brain receptors, once attached they send a signal to the brain to block pain. The reaction is referred to as “opioid effect”. These drugs can slow down breathing and creates a calming and anti-depressing effect. The body cannot produce enough opioids to stop severe pain. The drug can activate brain receptors […]

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Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Beyond Casual Drinking: How to Know if You’re an Alcoholic

Many people enjoy having a drink with their friends, coworkers, and even relatives (do in laws count?). But rarely do they notice the fine line between casual drinking and alcoholism. There are people who suffer from alcoholism who don’t even know it. That’s because they don’t fit the alcoholic stereotype that’s often portrayed in media […]

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Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Alcoholism in Movies: How Hollywood Depicts the Harsh Realities of the Condition

Hollywood movies may be fictional, but the lessons behind their stories offer insights on things that happen in reality. Sometimes, these messages have an effect on the public’s perception toward important topics. Let’s take alcoholism for example. The use of alcohol is regularly portrayed in various films of all genres. Because of this, many viewers […]

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7 Safe Alternatives to Opiates for Those in Recovery

By Gordon Dickler- CAC, ICADC

Opiate painkillers are by far the most prescribed medications in the United States today. According to the recent U.S. Surgeon General’s Report, over 289 million prescriptions are written each year for analgesic pain relievers. And this is just the beginning. Recent studies show that despite making up only five percent of the world’s population, the United States now consumes about 80 percent of the world’s opioid pain medication.

The opiate epidemic is clear, especially as prescription drug addictions continue to lead users into heroin abuse and fatal overdoses. Fortunately, however, more and more people have begun to recognize the dangers associated with prescription drugs. Many, including those in recovery, are now actively looking for alternative pain relieving methods – methods that do not involve highly addictive drugs.

While opiates are undoubtedly effective at relieving pain, these drugs can also stir severe consequences when used repeatedly. A physical addiction, for example, can develop within just four weeks of prescription painkiller use. A psychological dependence to opiates, on the other hand, can develop in as little as two days. And this is just the beginning. Repeated opiate use can lead to chronic respiratory issues, depression, as well as damage to the immune system.

If you are working towards recovery, have addictive tendencies, or simply desire safer pain treatments, know that there are alternatives available that will not disrupt your balanced, substance-free life. Some of these safer options will come in the form of behavioral therapies. Some can be purchased right over-the-counter. Some may already be in your own home. Here are a few of the alternatives to opiates that Turnbridge* recommends for those who are living sober:

Natural Pain Remedies:

  • Massage, acupuncture, and chiropractic care – Alternative therapies focused on the body, such as acupuncture, acupressure, and spinal manipulation, are safe and natural mechanisms for coping with pain. Not only are these methods used to ease pain, they also have been known to release dopamine-stimulating endorphins and improve body function.
  • Exercise – Exercise is always recommended, yes, but it is particularly important for those who experience chronic pain. Studies show that mild, low-impact exercise can greatly improve functionality and mobility in a person. And, exercises such as yoga have proved to relieve chronic back pain, joint pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia, and other related conditions. If you are not likely to exercise on your own, you may consider scheduling physical therapy sessions for ongoing pain management.
  • Mindfulness and meditation – Meditation, not medication. Mindfulness (a meditational practice that focuses on self-acceptance) is an effective alternative to traditional painkilling drugs. This approach helps individuals spend less time thinking or worrying about their pain, and more time accepting the pain in efforts to reduce its intensity. Don’t believe it? A recent study of adults with chronic back pain revealed that, over the course of 26 weeks, mindfulness treatments actually resulted in great improvements in back pain and functionality. (To learn more about Mindfulness and how to apply the practice, please see this SMART Recovery blog post on the topic.
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) – Chronic pain can bring about emotional as well as physical tolls on the mind and body. You may know this firsthand, how relentless and extreme the pain can be, how hopeless it can make you feel. This is normal, and is exactly what CBT aims to address. Cognitive behavioral therapy is an effective, psychological treatment alternative that alleviates the dysfunctional thoughts and attitudes so often associated with chronic pain, like depression. CBT teaches coping mechanisms for pain management by helping individuals recognize symptoms, control their perceptions of pain, put their focuses elsewhere, and develop strategies to adapt and conquer any negative feelings.

    Alternative Medications:

  • Over-the-Counter Acetaminophen – Officially recommended as a first-line treatment by the American College of Rheumatology, acetaminophen is an over-the-counter pill that is most commonly recognized in its branded form, Tylenol. Despite popular belief, this OTC medicine is truly effective in treating pain. A recent study from the Journal of the American Dental Association revealed that 325mg of acetaminophen taken with 200mg of ibuprofen actually provided better pain relief than oral opioid drugs for patients who had tooth extractions.
  • Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) – Typically more potent than acetaminophen, NSAIDs are over-the-counter medications that relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and lower fevers. Ibuprofen and aspirin are of the most commonly recognized types of NSAIDs. While greatly effective in treating pain, use of these drugs should be taken with caution. Regular use of NSAIDs, particularly among older patients, can prevent blood clotting and increase the risk of ulcers, gastrointestinal problems, and cardiovascular issues.
  • Serotonin and Norephinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors – In other words, anti-depressants. Even if you are not struggling with a depressive disorder, anti-depressants can be taken as first-line treatments for nerve pain as well as muscular and skeletal pain.

Making a decision about pain treatment, especially for those in recovery, is undeniably difficult. Drug addiction now affects more Americans than cancer. All the while, chronic pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease, and cancer combined.

Current pharmaceutical practice is, “Prescribe an opioid, make it better.” But with over 20 million Americans struggling with addition, this mindset is no longer relevant. Striking a balance between effective pain management and drug prevention will be key to overcoming these long-standing epidemics. Alternatives to opiate drugs will be key to the health and well-being of those walking the road to recovery – especially the adolescents and young adults who are particularly susceptible to substance addiction. Together, we can start making healthier choices regarding drug use.

To attend a SMART Recovery meeting for help with an addiction to opiates or other substances or behaviors, you can find the schedule of meetings most helpful to you on our website.

*About the author: Gordon Dickler – CAC, ICADC. Gordon is the Director of Admissions at Turnbridge, a young adult drug treatment center located in New Haven, Connecticut. Here, his chief role is to help families in crisis find hope and help for their loved ones in need. As both a Turnbridge graduate and a board-certified substance abuse counselor, Gordon has an intimate understanding of Turnbridge’s powerful ability to help young men and women overcome addiction and mental health disorders. This unique perspective allows him to relate deeply to clients and families struggling with addiction, and to explain at a foundational level the many aspects of Turnbridge’s Preparative Care Program.






Monday, 8 May 2017

What are opioids?

Contents1 Opiates Vs Opioids2 How opioids influence the brain and body?3 The Case of Drug Overdose4 Effects of Opiates in the Body4.1 Effect of Opiates in the brain5 Effect of Opiates in the   Respiratory System 5.1 Effect of Opiates in the  Digestive System 5.2 Effect of Opiates in the Nervous System  6 Effect of Opiates […]

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Sunday, 7 May 2017

Getting Real with Opioid Abuse: Living a Full Life Without the Addiction

Doctors prescribed opiates as a medical management to treat moderate to severe pain. Even though opiates can effectively relieve pain it can also generate addiction. A person can quickly develop dependency even if they following a medical prescription. Withdrawal symptoms and tolerance can manifest in drug dependency. This can result in the need to take […]

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Saturday, 6 May 2017

3 Week Natural and Healthy No Alcohol Detox Diet: Remove Toxins and Boost Energy with a Body Cleansing Home Detox Plan

This plan is not focused on addicts or recovering addicts. Rather it is aimed at those looking for a healthier version of themselves. Those addicted to alcohol need to seek treatment immediately from a licensed and accredited treatment center. This post will dive into the 3 week natural detox diet. The human body is constantly […]

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Friday, 5 May 2017

Natural Detoxification -Psyllium: The Benefits of the Natural Herb and Fiber Supplement, Psyllium

Pills, drink mixes, meal plans, point systems, shakes, meal bars, and various starvation techniques have topped the lists of weight-loss strategies for generations. The healthiest of these weight loss products are natural detoxification products—natural colon cleansing supplements. Originally, colon cleansing was considered a purely surgical process; gradually into the forefront of the herbal weight loss […]

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Thursday, 4 May 2017

Detoxification Herbs: Natural Body Cleansing Treatments

At Detox of South Florida we want our patients to live a healthy fulfilled life. Sometimes we want to write an article not strictly about alcohol rehab or drug addiction. Sometimes we want to write an article on living a healthier life apart from discussing addiction. So without further preamble here is out Natural Detoxing […]

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Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Natural Cures for Alcohol Abuse: Dietary Changes, Supplements and Vitamins are Key

Alcohol abuse can manifest itself in many variations and degree of severity. It can be the case of the person who only drinks socially, but to excess each time. It can be the person who starts drinking as soon as they wake up in order to “settle their nerves.” Or it can be the person […]

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Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Withdrawal Treatment for Alcoholism: Methods of Treating Alcoholism Withdrawal Symptoms

Alcoholism is a deadly disease that has claimed many lives and ruptured several happy homes. Liver disease and domestic violence are two of the most common results of alcoholism. When an alcoholic decides to quit drinking, his body must adjust to the change. This process is known as detoxification, where an alcoholic undergoes a series […]

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5 Warning Signs that Your Child is Abusing Drugs

…and some resources that can help

By Trevor McDonald

Red flags aren’t always glaring, especially when it comes to drug abuse. Are you concerned that your child is using or abusing drugs but aren’t sure what to watch out for? Guidelines such as falling grades or mood swings aren’t necessarily indicative of drug abuse, especially in teenagers when personality and performance shifts are sometimes normal. However, catching problems early is critical because it’s easier, faster and usually more affordable to address issues in earlier stages.

Here are five not-so-common signs that your child might be abusing drugs and what to do about it:

  1. They’ve shifted from introvert to extrovert (or vice versa). Seemingly permanent personality shifts might be the result of drug abuse. On the other hand, it can also simply be a signal that they’re maturing and their personality is naturally shifting. Teenagers are still developing their personality, sometimes “coming out of their shell” or “settling down” into what their organic adult personality will be. However, changes that seem permanent and sudden might be due to a chemical dependency. If drugs are part of the equation, the shifts can seem exceptionally sudden, long-lasting and forced.
  2. They’re going through their finances at a faster clip. Whether it’s an allowance or from a part-time job, if your teen is looking for more disposable income but has nothing to show for their spending, it’s time to for a reconnaissance mission. Even if it’s “their money,” parents have a right to know where their child’s funds are being spent. Helping them develop a budget can reveal discrepancies.
  3. There’s an increase in drug references on social media. Suggesting drug use/abuse on social media (or even stating it outright) doesn’t always reflect reality. It’s very common for everyone, adults included, to exaggerate or even make up lifestyles to impress people on these platforms. However, if you’ve noticed an increase in drug references on your child’s social media, it’s time for a talk. Even if drugs aren’t being abused, presenting such a lifestyle might cause problems in the future. If you’re able to see such comments, future employers and school-related leaders might be able to as well. Of course, tech savvy teens may block their parents from such posts—but that isn’t always the case.
  4. They’ve actually become more driven in school. Using legitimate drugs recreationally, such as Ritalin when they don’t have ADHD, can cause a sudden increase in school performance. The natural assumption is that kids who are abusing drugs will experience failing grades and skip class more, but that’s just one avenue. It’s also possible that your teen is abusing drugs as a means of keeping up with their peers academically. Out-of-the-ordinary study habits and grades, when positive, can encourage praise from parents. Find out the root of this turn of events to ensure it’s a natural part of maturing.
  5. They’ve become more secretive and protective of their space. Like personality shifts, this can certainly just be part of growing up. However, if your teen has turned overprotective, it’s a good idea to pay closer attention to their actions. It doesn’t always present in a negative manner either—perhaps your teen is suddenly quick to do their own laundry or tidy up their room when they know you’d otherwise do it.

These five red flags can come well before discovering your teen is abusing drugs, and it can detour tasks like choosing rehabilitation facilities or choosing treatment options after detox. Just like any health issue, catching it early is key as is taking preventative measures. Habits developed as a teen, for better or worse, can often set the stage for life as an adult, so help your teen now to choose healthy paths.

Please see our SMART Recovery resources for Teens and Young Adults and for  family members looking to cope with the addictions of their loved ones at

Messageboard Discussion Groups

This is a place where young people can discuss issues related to recovery, and share ideas and strategies for things like peer pressure, dealing with urges, and managing upsets. It provides a safe environment for both peer support and guidance from experienced and trained volunteers. Sign up here.

Online Teen & Youth Meetings

SMART Recovery meetings are practical, open discussion forums where youth can ask questions, bring up topics, and learn real-world applications for SMART tools. The meetings are facilitated by experienced and compassionate volunteers, who help guide discussion, while providing a safe and welcoming environment for youth to work on recovery. You need to sign up for our Messageboard to get access to the online meetings!

You can find the meeting schedule here.

SMART Recovery Teen & Youth Handbook

Originally developed by a grant by the Community Coalition for Teens in Greenfield, Massachusetts, then expanded via a grant from Juvenile Justice in Australia, this Handbook for Teens and Youth takes the reader through the SMART Recovery 4-Point Program and tools in a captivating manner, including increased graphics and visual appeal. It’s available in our bookstore: SMART Recovery Teen & Youth Handbook.



Monday, 1 May 2017

Treatment for Alcoholics: Drug, Behavioral, and Supportive Treatments for Alcoholism

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention states that there are 22,073 reported alcohol-induced deaths (not including homicides and accidents) in the United States. It is clear that alcoholism is a societal and personal problem; one that can be treated by utilizing a variety of treatment methods. Contents1 Detoxification Treatment for Alcoholics In Florida 2 […]

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