23 minutes | Jun 3, 2021

Adolescent Substance Abuse

Chances are you know someone who knows someone who has a substance abuse disorder. When I learned about the statistics behind the perception of drugs and the use of drugs in the States, I was shocked! Richard Capriola, the author of “The Addicted Child: A Parent’s Guide to Adolescent Substance Abuse” speaks to us today after over two decades of experience working with children and their families as a mental health and substance abuse counselor. 

In the show, Richard delves into the many issues surrounding drugs for Gen Z. He explains how a substance abuse disorder can be classified based on how it impacts the child’s life, how the term “addiction” has a negative connotation, and the latest craze for vaping that has overwhelmed children over the last 3 years. He explains why vaping became popular, but how it is much more harmful in some cases. 

Richard has treated both adults and adolescents diagnosed with mental health and substance use disorders. He recently retired from Menninger Clinic in Houston where for over a decade he worked as an addictions counselor. Visit www.helptheaddictedchild.com to get a copy of this very easy read. You might be helping your child or someone around you by learning the warning signs for substance abuse and how you can address it. 

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