Dangers of Looking for Acceptance through Drug Use

Dangers of Looking for Acceptance through Drug UseDuring our teenage years we begin the arduous social and emotional process of shaping our identities and forming the methods by which we understand and relate to others. Young people in Chicago seem to highly value individuality, but the desire to fit in almost always trumps other motivating factors. This can be a good thing, as teens learn to work successfully in groups and build deeper, more substantial relationships, but the teenage longing for acceptance often leads teens into peer situations where a herd mentality overwhelms their preferences and will. It is in such situations that teenagers, encouraged by friends with whom they desperately want to fit it, may first experiment with drugs and alcohol.
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Talk to Your Kids about a Family History of Addiction

Talk to Your Kids about a Family History of AddictionWhile it is impossible to predict who will develop an addiction, there are certain factors that can increase a Chicago resident’s risk, such as a family history of the disease. If such a history exists, it can be helpful to discuss the dangers of addiction with children who may be affected.
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Adolescent Rehabilitation Options

Adolescent Rehabilitation Options Teens have a lot to deal with in their lives. There are the awkward stages of growing up, school work, friends, peer pressure and so much more. It is not easy to be a teen but sometimes your teen can get out of hand. This pressure combined with pressure from peers can lead to use of drugs or alcohol.
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