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Teens Under the Influence focuses entirely on adolescent alcohol and other drug use, addressing the immediate dangers that threaten teens—exploring the short- and long-term effects of their addiction and giving parents, counselors, and educators solid, sensitive, and practical advice to combat this growing epidemic.
Full of candid true stories from adolescent drug users, with facts based on the most recent scientific research, Teens Under the Influence outlines exactly what needs to be done to counteract this growing problem while also elucidating:
• The common myths and misconceptions about drug addiction;
• The crucial differences between adult and adolescent dependency;
• The reasons teenagers become 'hooked';
• The stages of adolescent addiction;
• The different kinds of drugs kids use and combine;
• Various treatment options and how to choose the best treatment for an individual child;
• Strategies for handling relapses.
“Year after year the Gallup Polls show how devastating alcohol and other drug addictions are to individuals and our society as a whole. The new big threat is adolescent drug use and addiction, a problem that affects our society at all levels. Teens Under the Influence will be welcomed and applauded by parents, educators, judges, probation officers, and adolescents themselves. It will be a wonderful teaching tool, helping us to educate our children and ourselves about the facts, eliminating the many myths that cloud our thinking, and helping to eradicate the stigma of alcohol and other drug addictions.”
—GEORGE GALLUP, Chairman, The George H. Gallup International Institute
“It is difficult to overestimate the importance and severity of adolescent alcohol and drug addiction, which is growing continually and also contributing to an increased rate of adolescent suicide. Strong parental leadership can make an enormous difference, but many parents do not know how to assert that kind of positive influence. Teens Under the Influence will save lives.”
—ROBERT CANCRO, M.D., Lucius N. Littauer Professor of Psychiatry and Department Chair, NYU School of Medicine
"...an honest, informative evaluation of a serious problem...."
—Booklist (American Library Association)