Xanax and Its Effect on Developing Brains

Consider the xanax effect on developing brains and turn to Waterford Counseling for help for your teen.

Xanax is a highly addictive drug typically used to treat anxiety. Its official name is Alprazolam, which falls under the class of Benzodiazepines. Because they have such a calming effect, drugs like this are easy to build a tolerance to and they’re highly addictive. Xanax is also dangerous because it is getting increasingly easy to…

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Energy Drinks and the Road to Addiction

Where Do Energy Drinks and the Road to Addiction Meet Up?

A new study found that adolescents and young adults that frequently consume energy drinks are at a higher risk for abusing alcohol, illicit drugs, and misusing prescription drugs. The study followed college students for 3 years and monitored their energy drink usage. By the end of the study, all participants were questioned about their substance…

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How Much is Too Much?

We have all heard the saying “everything is good in moderation.” This can even be true of alcohol! But do you know when enough is enough? The first step is determining how risky your drinking pattern is. Low risk drinking for men is a maximum of 4 drinks a day, and a maximum of 14…

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What to do When Your Child is Doing Drugs

Isolation. Lack of communication. Withdrawal from friends and family. Personality changes. Physical changes. Dramatic mood changes. Not only are these side effects of growing up and going through puberty, they may also be signs your child may be doing drugs. Before you begin to panic and accuse your child of doing something they may not…

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Hallucinogenic Drugs

A hallucinogen is described as a class of drug that produces distortions in perception a moderate dose. Users describe them as “mind expanding”, and often report a feeling of being transported to a new reality. They can be put in two categories: classic hallucinogens and dissociative drugs. Both can be man made or naturally grown.…

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Gray Death

A lethal new drug called “gray death” is a toxic cocktail contributing to the opioid epidemic sweeping our nation. While it may sound like something created in a comic book villain’s laboratory, it is unfortunately very real and very scary. More powerful than heroin on its own, Gray Death is a compound of synthetic opioids,…

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Fact or Fiction: Dispelling the Myths Surrounding Marijuana

We’ve all heard of some crazy myths surrounding marijuana. But what is the truth? We’re here to help you separate fact from fiction. Myth Number 1: Marijuana is Harmless Fact: While it can’t directly kill you, that doesn’t mean that it is completely risk free. Constantly inhaling smoke often leads to lung cancer, and underdeveloped…

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How to Handle Your Child’s Mental Disorder

Understanding Your Child's Mental Disorder Can Make Family Life a Challenge

Mental illness is a serious epidemic that is impacting youths the most. 1 in 5 adolescents are affected, with 50% of all chronic mental illnesses developing before the age of 14, and 75% developing 24. The most common categories of mental illness are anxiety disorders, mood disorders, personality disorders, and eating disorders. While some people…

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