It’s a startling fact that the U.S. spends over $74 billion on criminal and court proceedings for drug offenders, and only $3.4 billion on treatment. Today, addiction is attacking our future as it holds a firm grip on our most impressionable generation: teenagers. There are misconceptions about the knowledge relating to prevention and treatment of teen addiction, but thankfully Drs. Ronald and Cherie Santasiero—with more than sixty years combined experience—are sharing their insights on prevention and care in their new book, Addicted Kids; Our Lost Generation: An Integrative Approach to Understanding and Treating Addicted Teens.
My name is Devon. I was a victim of peer pressure. I’d seen other kids doing certain things so I joined along. I was generally concerned with what others thought, more than what I thought about myself.
Parents being divorced or separated can cause a teen to become depressed and start using drugs. Relationships between parents and children are extremely important, especially during the teenage years.
My search for approval has lead to the loss of my own identity in the process. I have difficulty accepting personal criticism...and become angry when criticized. I have an addictive personality and am driven to extremes.
At NHY...There is one girl ... I can see, and feel, that she has a lot on her mind. Don’t get me wrong, other girls here have a lot on them too, but ... she just has so much. I can’t say her name, but I am going to call her "Sammy".