The rise of substance abuse among youth is startling. It is a constant temptation to many children and be something that either harms them physically or puts them at odds with the law. I It is every parent’s nightmare to deal with substance abuse with their children and it is something that parents must take seriously to prevent if possible, and if not possible, deal with in an effective manner. It is up to parents to raise their children through these temptations so they can become functional and fruitful members of society. Please also review our Substance Abuse Counseling Certification
The article, Efforts to prevent youth substance abuse on the rise, by Frank Stanko states,
“Preventing underage substance abuse is a year-round priority. For Richland County Community Prevention Coordinator Ariel Johnson and members of the Project YES Coalition, efforts are expected to be more prominent this fall.
On Tuesday, Nov. 6, North Dakota voters will decide whether or not to approve recreational marijuana use. The facts and best practices for addressing underage marijuana use are the same as the best practices for addressing underage alcohol use, coalition members learned Thursday, Aug. 23.
“If passed, recreational marijuvana would be illegal for youth under 21 years of age,” Johnson said. “Research indicates that marijuana can have a profound impact on the developing adolescent brain.”
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The adolescent brain does indeed play a role in substance abuse. Fitting in, feeling indestructible and taking risks are all part of the development of the mind and the addition of drugs can be a deadly combination. It is very important for parents to help protect their children whether in prevention or in action to keep their children and teens safe
Please also review our Substance Abuse Counseling Certification and see if it matches your academic and professional needs.