Addicted Child: Parent’s Guide to Adolescent Substance Abuse by Richard Capriola
Publisher: Book Baby (November 24, 2020), 107 pages
Category: Self-help, Parenting, Adolescence, Substance Abuse, Drug Dependency Recovery, & Non-Fiction
ISBN: 978-1-09832-728-1 ~ Tour dates: March-April, 2021
Available in Print and ebook
Addicted Child by Richard CapriolaThe Addicted Child is a resource for parents. It addresses adolescent substance abuse. Readers learn the extent of adolescent substance abuse in America, how drugs impact the teen brain, warning signs every family should know about, assessments and tests important for a comprehensive assessment and diagnosis, how eating disorders and self-injury can accompany substance abuse, how to recognize street drugs being used by teens, and resources to help identify treatment options.
Parents will learn from Richard Capriola, a mental health and addictions counselor, the importance of comprehensive assessments – and what to look for in a counselor to know you’re getting the right help.
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REVIEW By LAWonder10:
I love this book! It is short, sweet and to the point! A perfect book to keep on shelf for a quick reference.
In The Addicted Child, the author has issued a warning and needed information for parents, and other, to aid in fixing the problem.
The author is concisely to the point, informative - both physically and mentally, yet has given enough detail and illustrations to support his consensus.
In this book, it is pointed out, the seriousness of this problem. The damaging affect in brain processing, how, if approached wrongly, the problem can get worse. There are studies given on statistics in various scenarios. For instance, there is proof of marijuana's damaging affects on the brain. If user begins at a young age, it can cause a dependency, thus disputing the claims of the harmlessness of marijuana.
This book also, describes abuse terms, types and effects. Is your behaviorism conducive to an addict's? You can discover all this in his easily read book.
I offer a Five Stars rating for this book.
*This book was gifted me, with no pressure for a positive review. This is my honest review.
Richard Capriola response to, "What is missing in the lives of our younger generation?"
The pandemic raging through our nation has disrupted the lives of adults and children. The daily lives, routines and mental health of our children are at risk. Since the pandemic began there has been a 24 percent increase in ER visits by grade school children and a 31 percent increase for pre-teens urgently in need of mental health care. Mental health is not the only issue impacted by the pandemic. Adolescent addictions have also been impacted. Children have been confined to their homes rather than classrooms for education.
With social distancing and isolation, the number of adolescents tied to gaming systems has increased. In 2020 one half of children and teens spent more than 6 hours a day online. That’s a 500 percent increase over 2019. Our children have turned to gaming as an escape from things like depression, anxiety and loneliness.
Today, what is most missing from the lives of our younger generation is a sense of community and a sense of belonging. The pandemic has stolen much more than simply their academic progress. It has pushed our children away from their social connections, their friends and their activities. The result has been an increase in the need for mental health services for adolescents as they struggle to cope with what are often intolerable thoughts and feelings.
Other than following CDC guidelines governing social distancing and wearing masks many families feel helpless to confront the effects of the pandemic. But perhaps there are things parents can do to help their child through what is definitely a difficult time in their lives.
First, we can all recognize that the impact of the pandemic on children has been as severe as it has been on adults. Our children have been forced away from their classrooms, their teachers and their friends. Many may be feeling alone and depressed. Recognized that our children are also going through difficult times is the first step to helping them get through it.
Second, we can learn to communicate more effectively with our children. We’re usually pretty good at listening to their words. We may not be so good as listening to their feelings. When children, like adults, begin to understand that when someone talks with them, they hear not only the words but also the feelings behind the words, it opens the door to deeper understanding and empathy. That sense of compassion and understanding is often lacking in the lives of your younger generation.
Aside from the pandemic, our younger generation continues to be captured by substance abuse. Alcohol and marijuana are the primary substances of abuse but over the past three years there has been a dramatic increase in adolescents using vaping to inhale substances like nicotine and marijuana. Sadly, most adolescents do not believe their use of alcohol or substances like marijuana is harmful. Only about 30 percent of seniors believe smoking marijuana regularly is risky. Only about 24 percent will tell you having 1-2 alcohol drinks every day is harmful. This leads to a low perception of risk among adolescents when it comes to alcohol and drugs like marijuana. But it’s not only the low perception of risk that is troublesome.
Today’s adolescents have no difficulty finding substances like alcohol or marijuana. Almost 80 percent of seniors believe it very easy for them to find marijuana if they want it. Almost 30 say its easy to find a drug like LSD. And about 80 percent of seniors say it’s easy for them to find alcohol. The low perception of risk associated with alcohol and drug abuse along with the easy availability of some substances drives the substance abuse we see.
What can our society do to help the younger generation aside from helping them cope with the pandemic? More importantly what can society do to help this and future generation steer away from alcohol and drugs?
The answer may include better education. Not the kind of education that adopts the “just say no” approach most teens easily reject. Not the kind of approach that drills into their heads the fact that alcohol and drugs use is illegal. They’ve heard this one before. Perhaps the answer can be found in a new approach to adolescent substance abuse education. The kind of education that respects their ability to absorb and understand concepts like the neuroscience of substance abuse.
When adolescents are given an opportunity to learn about the neuroscience of substance use – to lean about the developing adolescent brain and how substances like marijuana impact the brain it can make a powerful difference in their lives. Teachers, school counselor and parents can all play an important role in helping our younger generation to better understand how substances impact their brains and potentially translate into complications that can impact things like short term memory, brain processing speed and even motivation. Perhaps working together, we can all help our younger generation not only survive the pandemic but begin the process of turning away from substance abuse.
Richard Capriola is the author of The Addicted Child: A Parent’s Guide to Adolescent Substance Abuse. He has over two decades of experience working with adults and adolescents diagnosed with mental health and substance abuse issues.
About the Author:
Richard Capriola has been a mental health and addictions counselor for over two decades. He has been licensed in Illinois and Texas and has treated both adults and adolescents with substance abuse disorders.
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