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Answers For Teens Blog
Thursday, 1 June 2017
Listen to this story - it will help you
Topic: Do You Fit Into This Scenario?

Nancy’s story:   I am 64 years old, but I used to be a teen.  Really I was young once.  My father was an alcoholic and died at the age of 56.  While alive he made our household miserable. We were poor and he could not hold a job.  My parents had eight children and we lived in a two bedroom house.  I was embarrassed to have anyone come to our house.  Thus, I never dated in high school.  It would have been awful for me.  I lied about my dad’s alcoholism to all my friends; I didn’t want them to know.  One day, in front of about one hundred students, my dad ran over the school swing set while drunk.   My siblings and I simply pretended like it never happened.  When our teachers approached us the next day, we simply pretended like we didn’t know what they were talking about. We were afraid to ask for help because we knew it would anger our parents. So we never asked.  Now at age 64, I wish I had asked.  If you are in a similar situation, please ask for help.  So many people want to help you.  I think there were many that wanted to help me, but I couldn’t ask.  All I had to do was ask, and I wish I had.

The good news is I became a teacher, am married and have children and grandchildren. I worry for my children that the addictive gene is in them. I see it in them.  We talk about it.  Each is a fairly high achieving adult now and I believe a lot of the energy channeled to their successes is from the addictive energy. I think because we talked a lot with our children about the danger of inheriting alcoholism and other drug abuse my children never got into addiction. Today my husband and I have a strong healthy family. If I had to do it over again would I lead my life differently? Yes, as a kid I would have asked for help. I would contact Ala-teen, In The Rooms and the counselors in my school. Need privacy. Don’t want to confide in your school. Ala-teen and In The Rooms are known for their anonymity. Remember get help. Don’t go it alone.

Posted by answersforteens at 1:28 PM EDT
Thursday, 9 March 2017
Topic: Do You Fit Into This Scenario?

ln our last blog we talked about addiction and heredity. The point is that if you did inherit the propensity for addiction much can be done to arrest the problem. Ginger Katz, a mom, lost her son to addiction. To commemorate his life she has started a group, COURAGE TO SPEAK. Her point is that if you have a problem do not stay silent, speak up. She has written her son's story in  www.sunnysstory.com. Her group can be reached at https://www.couragetospeak.org

Be good to yourself. Take action  

Posted by answersforteens at 4:40 PM EST
Friday, 27 December 2013
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Topic: Do You Fit Into This Scenario?

I want to share the following material with you. After you finish reading it ask yourself, "Am I being protective of myself?" You need to take good care of yourself. If you feel you need medication ask a doctor. Someone else's prescription is probably not the answer to your problems.


Survey: Many Teens Have Unsupervised Access to Their Prescription Medications by Join Together Staff Filed in Parenting,Prescription Drugs, Research & Youth

A survey of eighth and ninth graders prescribed medication finds 83.4 percent say they have unsupervised access to the drugs at home. This included 73.7 percent who took pain relief, anti-anxiety, stimulant and sedative medication that have the potential for abuse,Science Daily reports.

The online survey and in-person interviews with 230 teens is published in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

"It was surprising to me that parents were not storing medications securely because I expected them to be locked up and for parents to administer the medications,” said lead researcher Paula Ross-Durow, PhD, of the University of Michigan.

She said parents don’t think about their teens’ friends coming into their homes and stealing medications. In addition, teens may give their prescription drugs away, thinking they are helping a friend and not understanding the risk. They also may not realize their friends may sell the drugs.

"It is critical that clinicians educate parents and patients about the importance of proper storage and disposal of medications, particularly those with abuse potential,” the researchers conclude.

Posted by answersforteens at 4:40 PM EST
Updated: Friday, 27 December 2013 4:58 PM EST

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