When most care givers think about underage drinking, one of the only concerns is that drunk driving is dangerous. Yes, drunk driving is dangerous in all ages, but there are other concerns with underage drinking.  (And only one-third of underage drinking deaths involve auto crashes.) We’ve...

There is no single reason for teenage alcohol and drug use. In “How to Keep Your Teenager Out of Trouble and What to Do if You Can’t,” Dr. Neil I. Bernstein explains some of the core issues and influences behind teenage drug and alcohol use. With...

Experiences from the earliest days of childhood are an important part of shaping the brain’s development. Sadly, traumatic episodes leave the deepest impression, manifesting themselves in adulthood in health issues ranging from increases stress to substance abuse. As parents, it’s important to understand how adverse...

We find that a lot of people aren’t sure what coalitions are and how they work, and the word can even be intimidating. Because of this issue, we use words like “group of concerned citizens” instead of coalition. So what exactly is a coalition? A coalition focuses...

Research indicates that brain development is still in progress during adolescence, with significant changes continuing into the early 20s. Immature brain regions place teenagers at elevated risk to the effects of drugs and alcohol. The developing brain of the teenage years may help explain why adolescents...

If you are a parent or guardian, you’ve probably done your share of worrying about your child drinking alcohol and/or using drugs. You can do your best to limit a child’s exposure to substances, but  you can’t guarantee that your child will never have the opportunity...

A survey by Caron Treatment Centers reveals that 41% percent believe it’s best for teenagers to learn to “drink responsibly” in high school rather than waiting until they’re of legal age, 29% agreed it’s fine for high-school students to drink as long as they don’t drive and...