Here are some tell-tell signs that may indicate that your teenager may be using drugs or alcohol.
This screening quiz for parents can help determine if your child is exhibiting some of the tell-tell signs of substance abuse.
Synthetic marijuana or 'legal bud' is a mixture of dried leaves from traditional herbal plants that have been treated with chemicals known as synthetic cannabinoids.
Al-Anon Family Groups are traditionally considered a mutual support group for the spouses of alcoholics, but the latest membership survey shows that 31 percent of Al-Anon members have a child with a drinking problem.
Adolescents, age 12 to 17, who use alcohol are more likely to report behavioral problems, especially aggressive, delinquent and criminal behaviors.
Teens who crave an especially great degree of stimulation and excitement have a much greater risk for drug and alcohol abuse.
Home drug-testing kits sold on the Internet may make it easy for parents to test their children for illegal substances, but that approach may not be the best idea.
To make sure that your children do not get your unused prescription drugs, throw them away, but do so properly.
Treating adolescent addicts and alcoholics in adolescence-only centers has never been demonstrated to produce better recovery rates then treating them in multigenerational centers yet many professionals remain convinced of its superiority.
Young people who start drinking before age 15 are significantly more likely to develop alcohol use disorders that those who wait until after age 18, but researchers are not sure if early onset drinking is a marker for higher risk or a direct risk factor.
Home drug testing kits have become popular in recent years for parents trying to determine if their children are using drugs, but are the tests really effective?
If you suspect that a child is being abused or neglected, you should call your local Child Protective Services agency or the CPS agency in the State in which the abuse occurred.
The number of people, being treated for drug abuse, who report that they began using at least one drug before age of 13 is increasing significantly according to a study of treatment patients between 1993 and 2003.
Teen-agers who exhibit symptoms of drinking problems today are more likely to develop serious drinking problems, other substance abuse, and mental disorders in early adulthood, according to new research.
Parents who split up and move in with new partners can unwittingly push their children towards marijuana use, according to a study of 3,008 mothers and their children conducted in Brisbane, Australia.
Parents who have boys with low self-esteem at age 11, and have friends who approve of drug and alcohol use, should be concerned that self-derogation could turn into drug dependency by age 20, according to researchers at Florida State University.
Children learn their attitudes about drinking from those around them, especially from parents or other adults, but also from their peers.
As the fall semester begins, parents can use this important time to help prepare their college-age sons and daughters by talking with them about the consequences of excessive drinking.
Research shows that involved parenting actually affects teenagers' thought processes when it comes to such substances, giving teens a negative view of people who drink or smoke cigarettes or marijuana, and insuring the teens won't use such substances even when they're easily available.
Teens who engage in sexual intercourse and/or drug abuse, including abuse of alcohol and tobacco, are significantly more likely than youth who abstain from such activities to become depressed, have suicidal thoughts, and attempt suicide.
Involvement with other substances, delinquency and school problems have been established as the three most important risk factors in identifying teenagers at risk of continued involvement with marijuana.
Although the prevalence of underage drinking has decreased since its peak in the late 1970s, drinking by youth has stabilized over the past decade at disturbingly high levels.
Contrary to the psychoanalytic theory that children who appear to be well adjusted as adolescents are actually ticking time bombs, most normal teenagers adapt to and benefit from life experiences.
The more sexually active friends a teen has and the more time a teen spends with a boyfriend or girlfriend, the greater the risk that teen will smoke, drink, get drunk or use illegal drugs, according to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University.
High levels of church attendance in the ninth grade may protect some African-American teenagers from getting involved in risky behaviors throughout the rest of their high school career, a new study suggests.