President Obama has announced September 2016 as National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month. This year’s theme is “Join the Voices for Recovery: our Families, Our Stories, Our Recovery!” The President wants everyone to recognize the millions of Americans proving that recovery from alcohol and substance use disorders is possible. He stated that “It is equally important for us however, to recognize that millions of American’s are still struggling with the disease of addiction.
There is a new synthetic opioid in town, and it’s not looking good. Two 13 year old boys died suddenly last week in Park City, and speculation is that it was due to this hot but deadly new drug, ‘pink or ‘pinky’. Each teen died alone in their homes, around 48 hours apart, and with no visible signs of a drug overdose or alcohol poisoning. A connection has not been made official yet, but the police have found a good amount of chatter on social media making it look like a pretty likely possibility.
We see drug and alcohol abuse develop more and more often-in adolescents, and are told to watch our teens closely to help prevent it. But what else should we be watching for that could lead to problems in young adulthood? Anxiety for one, this often-overlooked mental health condition can have major impacts on your children as they grown up and into young adulthood. We also know that teenagers can be moody and unpredictable, so how do we tell the difference between that and a teen that is suffering from some form of an anxiety disorder?