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From tips on preventing substance use to guidance on managing recovery from addiction, here at Partnership to Addiction we have the information and resources you need at every step of the way.

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You might have heard some worrying stories or rumors saying that marijuana may be laced with fentanyl, but it's important to look closely at these claims and figure out if they're true. The short answer is that they are false -- there is no solid evidence that marijuana is being laced with fentanyl. Here are some of the reasons why:
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In recent years, edible products containing THC, flavored alcoholic seltzers, and nicotine vapes are marketed to young people with sweet, fruity, and minty flavors. Companies pay influencers and celebrities to endorse them. Plus, the discreet packaging makes it easy to hide from adults.
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It can be difficult to persuade a loved one to consider treatment. Even when they are willing to consider it, it’s not uncommon for them to still feel unsure or say no. If your loved one expresses even a little willingness to start getting help — whether it’s attending a support group meeting, or getting a treatment consultation — it can be all the invitation you need to begin the conversation.
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Are your loved one’s concerning thoughts, emotions and behaviors the result of a mental health disorder or a substance use disorder? Determining differential diagnosis is important because treatment for a mental health disorder can be very different from treatment for a substance use disorder.
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During their teenage years, children’s brains are still developing, and continue to do so until their mid-20s or later. Substance use during this time period can negatively interfere with this development. It’s vital to intervene you're worried about your teen using substances. In this guide, you'll find answers to questions caregivers like you have about talking to your loved one and keeping them safe.
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Support can include recognizing that there is a problem; motivating them to get help; navigating the treatment system; and helping them sustain progress in recovery. It can be a significant emotional time and financial commitment, but research shows that family involvement improves outcomes.
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I’ve heard from countless young people that the reason they got into recovery was because of the connection with a parent who fought for them when they couldn’t figure out how to help themselves.

Pat Aussem, L.P.C., M.A.C.

Master Addictions Counselor, Associate Vice President of Consumer Clinical Content Development at Partnership to End Addiction

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