How Addicts Are Like ‘Crazy’ Teens

How Addicts Are Like ‘Crazy’ Teens

By Jennifer Matesa Bells went off in my mind as I read the New York Times piece “Why Teenagers Act Crazy.” Here’s why: The author says that teenagers’ “crazy” behavior is caused by their acute fear-response to their environments, and that they have more difficulty than adults with turning off those alarms. He explains that […]

Can Technology Break Technology Addiction?

Can Technology Break Technology Addiction?

Smartphone addiction is a real problem for many people. Just when you cross the line from frequent use to obsessive addiction is debatable but, for some people, cell phones are all-consuming. Behavioral addictions are treatable by traditional addiction care techniques like counseling, and, of course, there is an app (or two) for that. But can […]

The Lowdown On Teen Huffing And Inhalants

The Lowdown On Teen Huffing And Inhalants

Huffing has long been a way for teens to get high without needing to access illegal drugs or alcohol. Many common, household chemicals can be abused as inhalants. The definition of an inhalant is any chemical that gives off vapors or gas that can be breathed in to get high. Most kids don’t realize the […]

My Dad, The Junkie

My Dad, The Junkie

My father had been a handsome, intelligent man with deep, clear brown eyes and a half-cocked grin. At 19 years old, he’d hitchhiked to Austin where he thought he would live. It was the early 1970s and living for a young man in a city like Austin then had meant music and parties and eventually, […]

Are You A Critiholic?

Are You A Critiholic?

The litany begins almost as soon as she considers a new project, goes out on a date with someone she just met, tries on a bathing suit or looks at her bank account. The words, “I can’t do enough, be enough or have enough,” have become all too familiar torments. She presents well, so you […]

Cough Syrup Abuse: A Risky Habit

Cough Syrup Abuse: A Risky Habit

Over-the-counter cough syrup is a medication that most of us choke down only when we have to, but for some, particularly young people, it’s a way to get a high. Robitussin DM is commonly abused by teens and young adults because it is accessible and because the DM ingredient imparts a relaxed and drowsy sense […]

Coming Soon To A Store Near You: Powdered Alcohol

Coming Soon To A Store Near You: Powdered Alcohol

If hard ciders and citrus-flavored beers don’t alert you to the current alcohol marketing craze, perhaps another new product will. In April 2014, Palcohol was granted the right to market its product here in the United States and then quickly lost approval due to problems with labeling. The company has taken care of the labeling […]