“According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, children who struggle in school when they are between 7 and 9 are more likely to be using addictive substances when they reach 14 or 15. Academic failure is yet another risk factor that can emerge either as a primary risk or as a consequence of some other risk factor such as aggressive behavior or adverse experiences at home. No matter the cause, it’s imperative that parents, schools, and learning specialists work together to figure out what’s going on and confront the issue. So many factors can cause academic failure, from learning disabilities to behavioral issues, and it’s important to find the underlying cause of the deficit.” The addiction by Jessica Lahey

The following is an excerpt from my book, Words from a mother in mourning. How to protect your child from drugs: “Parents say that children don’t come into the world with a manual or instructions and unfortunately, that is true. As our children grow, so do we as parents. From the time that they are born, we communicate with them by talking, singing, and reading stories to them. As they start speaking and walking, we teach them how to be careful and how to avoid dangerous situations. They come to us when they fall, bump into something, or are upset. We comfort them with words and soothe their feelings. And as the years go by, we still protect them from danger and talk to them about making the right decisions.Communication between parent and child continues and strengthens throughout life. When the communication breaks down, so does the relationship. This especially becomes an issue at the beginning of adolescence when children are seeking independence and trying to find their own way. Problems may arise with peer pressure and the teen wanting to make their own decisions.”

Comfort in the Wings is a new novel by Jennifer Collins. The following information was retrieved from the back cover: “Larissa Whitcomb flounders in the wake of unimaginable losses. Forget about coping; she can barely function. Life as she has known it evaporates, and she isolates herself from work and friends. Aware, however, of the dangers of her bleak existence, she reluctantly agrees to embark on a unique business opportunity, which becomes Larissa’s journey of grieving.” I recommend this book for anyone who has suffered a loss. It is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

“Addiction exists in all ethnicities, socioeconomic groups, and geographic regions of the United States, and kids consume over 10 percent of the alcohol sold in this country. In any given month, between 8 percent (eighth graders) and 33 percent (twelfth graders) of American middle school and high school students drink some alcohol, 10 percent take some illegal drug, 18 percent drink enough to count as a binge, 8 percent drive after drinking, and 20 percent have ridden with another person who has been drinking. Teens are the biggest abusers of prescription pain pills, stimulants, and anti-anxiety drugs, and consequently, drug overdoses in young adults have increased more than fourfold over the past decade.” The Addiction Inoculation Raising Healthy Kids In A Culture Of Dependence by Jessica Lahey.

“Studies have been unequivocal in their findings that the best protection for a child, even through adolescence, is a strong attachment with an adult. The most impressive of these studies involved ninety thousand adolescents from eighty different communities chosen to make the sample as representative of the United States as possible. The primary finding was that teenagers with strong emotional ties to their parents were much less likely to exhibit drug and alcohol problems, attempt suicide, or engage in violent behavior and early sexual activity. Such adolescents, in other words, were at greatly reduced risk for the problems that stem from being defended against vulnerability. Shielding them from stress and protecting their emotional health and functioning were strong attachments with their parents.” Hold On to Your Kids. Why Parents need to matter more than Peers by Gordon Neufeld, Ph.D. and Gabor Mate, M.D,

Sincerely, Addison’s Sister by Jessica Akhrass is about advocating for change.

Parenting Teens With Love & Logic/Preparing Adolescents for Responsible Adulthood by Foster Cline, MD and Jim Fay

When Your Adult Child Breaks Your Heart by Joel L. Young, MD

Time Special Edition, “The Science of Addiction”, contains information about the opioid epidemic, the hazards of vaping, how to support people we love who have substance abuse problems, and information about treatment. The special edition will be on sale until June 4, 2021.

The Self-Esteem Habit For Teens and Self-esteem for teens are both written by Lisa M. Schab, LCSW

Addict in the Family: Stories of Loss, Hope, and Recovery, by Beverly Conyers.

Tough Love How Parents Can Deal With Drug Abuse by Pauline Neff

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