Parents have a right to get involved if they think their teen is getting addicted to drugs or alcohol

Addiction is a troubling and potentially earth-shattering disease at any age, so when a teen becomes addicted to drugs, alcohol, or even something that seems harmless like a video game, the consequences can be devastating.

Insider Louisville LogoAndrew Davidson is a licensed clinical social worker whose private practice is centered on 14- to 18-year-olds. In other words, he knows how teenagers’ minds work, what motivates them, and what triggers addictive behavior.

Teens are most likely to experiment with alcohol, he says in a Passport-sponsored article on Insider Louisville, adding that he has seen the whole list of addictive drugs, from marijuana to stimulants to opioids, in his patients. And he is quick to point out that gambling and video games are increasingly affecting young people in a negative way.

“I use a harm-reduction approach – I’m trying to reduce any kind of harm they could do,” he says. “If they choose to use, they need to know what the dangers are.”

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Fewer Teenagers Smoking Cigarettes, but More Using E-Cigarettes

E-cigarette use is growing among teenagers, with three times more middle- and high-school students using the devices in 2014 than in 2013, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The report did find a 25 percent decrease in use of cigarettes by teenagers, but CDC officials said the e-cigarette trend is unraveling the progress made on smoking in recent years. “This is another generation being hooked by the tobacco industry. It makes me angry,” said CDC Director Dr. Thomas R. Frieden. Check out The New York Times article here , or click here to read the article by HealthDay.

To read more about the CDC campaign focusing on the dangers of e-cigarettes, click here. To see some of the highlighted “Tips From Former Smokers,” click here.