Keep Alcohol in Focus to Reduce Youth Substance Use

April is Alcohol Awareness Month. Addressing misperceptions is important, because otherwise we run the risk of further perpetuating beliefs among young people that underage and binge drinking are the expectation rather the exception. There are steps communities can take to address underage and binge drinking at both a community and individual level.

We Need to Talk with Youth About Substance Use and SBIRT Is the Way to Do It

We know that almost everyone who struggles with addiction began using substances before the age of 18. So, we need to talk about adolescent substance use, and we need to keep the conversation going. SBIRT is a systematic approach to addressing substance use in all kinds of settings.

David Greenspan

Anxiety, Substance Abuse and the Cycle of Diminishing Returns

One of the main reasons I ended up addicted to drugs and alcohol was anxiety. Now make no mistake, I suffer from the disease of addiction and would have ended up addicted one way or another. Anxiety helped spark the fuse in a big way, though.

Reframing the Opioid Epidemic: Lawmakers Must Put Children First

Opioid use in the U.S. is a crisis. For 30 percent of kids removed from their parents’ care, substance use in the home was the reason. The U.S. Senate recently passed the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, which would help young people with addiction gain access to treatment and create a pilot program to improve treatment for pregnant and postpartum women.

Addiction Doesn’t Discriminate, So Why Should We?

As prescription pain medication abuse grows in prevalence among youth, we can expect the rates of accidental overdose deaths among 12- to 25-year-olds to increase in proportion. What can parents, professionals and others concerned about youth do to make a difference?

Nolan’s Story

"I just couldn't stop," said Nolan Eley, 25, who lived through a revolving door of getting help, relapsing and alienating loved ones before finding help from the support of his peers.

The American Dream Delayed by Addiction

A young writer reflects on how his father’s addiction impacted his family, his growing up and his own substance use. “After everything, I didn't want to be like him. I did not want be controlled by anything.”