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Archive for January, 2016

What You Need to Know about Youth Drug Abuse

Posted on: January 25th, 2016 by The Gooden Center No Comments

To keep your kids from succumbing to alcoholism and or drug addiction, you need to understand the way that each works. Understanding is always the key to providing viable solutions in any situation, but understanding the way addiction and alcoholism affect individuals will give you a much better approach to helping somebody find recovery.

Here are some facts from Rehab International that you’ll find helpful, in this regard:

Survey Results

The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) conducted a review of drug practices by users 12-17 years of age. The review conducted ended up showing drug patterns prevalent in old kids and young teens.

The results showed that:

  • As users grew in age, they started to try out other drugs as well
  • Marijuana seems the easiest drug to access since 12-13 year olds already had access to the drug
  • Marijuana users increase with age
  • Cocaine use starts at around 16-17 years of age

Probable Causes

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) provides us with a clear look into what factors compelled pre-teens and teenagers to experiment with drug abuse:

  • Lack of sufficient parental guidance and supervision. If kids spend a lot of their time on their own, alone or isolated, then they might think about turning to drug abuse as a way to deal with the loneliness. Some do it for the ‘high’ they get when they do drugs, a sensation that isn’t unlike happiness.
  • Spending a lot of time with heavy substance abuse users. Kids follow what they see. And if they grow up in an environment where substance abuse is prevalent, then that could make it seem normal for them to indulge in such activities as well.
  • Easy access to drugs. One major factor of drug abuse if the easy access kids have to drugs. Kids are naturally curious and will try out most of anything. If drugs are accessible to them, they might think there’s nothing wrong with using marijuana.
  • Drugs can numb down the hunger pangs. With no means to support themselves, some kids are turning to drug abuse in order to kill the hunger pangs and get through every day.


Knowing the factors that influence drug use in kids, you can take steps to ensure your kids understand how wrong it is and why they should avoid doing it—at all costs. If your kids need counseling to better understand the situation, The Good Center, our rehab facility in Los Angeles, is a good place to start. 

5 Things Parents Can Do to Address Drug Abuse in Teens

Posted on: January 11th, 2016 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Having kids is hard work. You raise them, provide for their needs, and love them like there’s no tomorrow. That’s not the end of it, though. You also need to keep an eye out for them, keep them safe, and make sure they come to no harm.

But what happens if they lose their way? What do you do?

Drug Abuse in Kids

According to Drug-free, the number of deaths by overdose for young adults has increased five times its level since 1999. The rise in deaths can be attributed to easy access to prescription drugs.

Globally, the US represents about five percent of the world’s population, says DoSomething.Org and accounts for about 75 percent of prescription drugs taken. 60 percent of teens in the US found to have abused prescription drugs said they get the drugs for free from family and friends.

Also, facts point out that more teens die from abusing prescription drugs than from using heroin and cocaine combined.

What You Can Do

Given all those facts, it can be a little scary to think that your children might have access to prescription drugs that could lead them to develop drug addiction habits early on.

Here are some tips on how address drug abuse with a proactive approach:

  1. Monitor prescription drugs in your home. Make sure you know when prescription drugs in your home start disappearing.
  2. Set healthy boundaries. Being a friend to your kids shouldn’t stop you from being their parent. Healthy boundaries will help encourage a sense of trust which will allow your children to feel comfortable asking questions about drugs and alcohol experimentation.
  3. Knowing your children’s friends offers a number of benefits, and can help you stay active in their lives by being able to ensure they are around positive influences.
  4. Make the rules clear, by making sure your kids understand that it is wrong to do drugs you can instill an attitude which will ensure that they have knowledge about why drugs and alcohol are not healthy options for them.
  5. Be open with your children. It’s important that they know they can tell you anything that bothers them or upsets them. That way, they’re less likely to use drugs to deal with their problems.

With these tips, you can take a pro-active approach in educating your children about alcoholism and drug addiction. Follow these tips and you’ll breathe easy, knowing your kids are happy and drug-free. And if it happens, that one day, drug addiction does become a problem, give them the best chance at a successful recovery by choosing our excellent drug treatment center in Los Angeles, The Good Center. With the quality of our staff and service, it’s a good option to consider.