Teenage Drug Addiction: How Kids Get Alcohol and Drugs

Most parents don’t believe their son or daughter is at risk for drug or alcohol addiction. According to the Baltimore Sun, 80% of parents don’t think drugs or alcohol are commonly available at parties. In reality, half of teens say both are.

If you’re the parent of a teen between the ages of 14 and 19, however, substance abuse and addiction could be problems affecting your child. The sooner you recognize the problem, the better outcome your teen can have.

Friends and Loved Ones

One of the most frightening findings from the recent National Institute on Drug Abuse study is that most people who suffered an overdose did so after taking a prescription drug they got from a family member or friend. Teen alcohol statistics mirror this important finding, according to the California court system. If you think your teen doesn’t raid your liquor cabinet or search your bathroom for powerful prescription medicines, you are probably wrong.

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The Financial Consequences for DUI

Did you or someone you care about get found guilty of a DUI? Prepare yourself for some hefty financial consequences.

A DUI can cost even a first-time offender several thousand dollars. Include the resulting damage to reputation and relationships, and drunk driving penalties can add up to more financial harm than you may realize.

Legal Fees and Fines for DUI

A first-time offender who is convicted of a DUI with no injuries or property damage can likely expect to pay up to $24,000 — even in regions where a first-time DUI is a misdemeanor. If you cause damage or, worse yet, injuries, the financial consequences are even more devastating.

Specifically, the cost of DUI can include:

  • Bail, towing, and impounding costs.
  • Fines resulting from a conviction.
  • Legal and DMV fees.
  • Court-mandated rehabilitation or alcohol education.
  • Transportation costs if you can no longer drive.
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Relapsing Back to Sobriety: Why People Relapse and How to Get Back to Sober Living

Some people think that drug addiction is a choice. And while the initial plunge into the world of drugs may have been a choice many drug addicts regret, drug addiction becomes a chronic illness. It has a relapse rate that is similar to other chronic illnesses, such as type-1 diabetes, hypertension and asthma. They all have behavioral and biological reactions, and recovery is a long, drawn-out process requiring repeated treatments.

Recovering from an addiction is one of the scariest, most difficult things you or a loved one will face. It will take time and commitment to get rid of the shackles that bind you to the drug. Treatment is also a lengthy process, and it involves a lifelong commitment to sobriety.

Even though the road can look daunting, in the end, you’ll be a stronger, healthier and happier person. When free from addiction, you’ll become the best version of yourself that has ever existed.

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How Alcohol Affects Sleep

Chances are you have noticed falling asleep is easier after drinking. You may also have noticed it is difficult to maintain sleep as time passes, especially if you went to bed after drinking heavily.

Sleep disruption is among the many effects drinking alcohol has on the body. If you’re losing sleep from alcohol, here is why you’re damaging your health in more ways than you may realize.

REM and NREM Sleep

Although you may think of sleep as one long period that begins when you get into bed and ends when you wake up, it’s not. The human body cycles between periods of REM and NREM sleep over the course of one night.

REM (rapid eye movement) — also known as stage 2 — occurs just after falling asleep. REM sleep is most easily recognized as the stage in which dreams occur.

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