For many families, making a commitment to detect substance abuse calls into question such coveted family tenets as trust, privacy and autonomy. Now, more than ever, parents doubt their own right to inspect their children’s belongings. They feel guilty for not trusting their child’s judgment. They view restrictions, questions and independent corroboration, as being […]
If they don’t like your holiday rules and regulations, be committed to a response like “That makes me sad that you won’t be joining us, but that’s your choice.” They now have to shoulder all the responsibility for their decision even though they may try to blame you.
Sometimes my son is my favorite person; others times I just can’t stand him. That’s what it’s like having a teenage boy in the house. Dont get me wrong. He’s an incredibly bright child—creative and academically amazing. But he has this way with words where he always injects a sarcastic or belittling comment. And, […]
Even though Mom tried to hide her addiction, my half-brother Andrew was profoundly affected by it. As a result, he began using. I found out Andrew was having a rough time with drugs and alcohol before my parents even knew.
Why do teens take so many risks? Not all teens, of course, but enough of them. The U.S. has the highest rate of teen pregnancies in the western industrialized world. That’s three-quarters of a million pregnant girls a year (plus the three-quarters of a million boys who deserve half credit). Not all of these 1.5 […]
We’re thrilled to have Catharine McGlade, the Associate Dean of Campus Lifeat Wagner College, guest blog about the growing community problem around the misuse/abuse of Four Loko and other caffeinated alcohol malt beverages. She has masters degrees in Counseling and Teaching and is a member of the New York City Consortium on Alcohol and Other […]
Dana said she wanted to “experiment” with alcohol after Midnight Madness on campus and decided to try Four Loko mixed with Vodka. It wasn’t long before her friends noticed that she wasn’t functioning very well. They asked her to pick up a piece of paper on the floor and when she attempted to do so, she fell flat on her face. Dana doesn’t remember much of what happened after that, except that when she came to, she still didn’t feel well. Finally, a friend called for help and she was taken by ambulance to the hospital where she was treated for alcohol poisoning.
Please welcome guest blogger Julie Capie to the Decoder community! Julie is a senior at New York University and our fall intern extraordinaire. As a former teen, she has great insight into teen culture and the challenges that they face. Read below to find out how good communication and mutual trust with her parents kept […]
If youre a parent or caring adult of a teen, please join the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids and parents all over the country on Saturday November 13 for The American Medicine Chest Challenge. Its a day to dispose of your unused, unwanted and expired medicine from your home. The American Medicine Chest Challenge is a […]