The period after high school through the late 20s is now considered a unique developmental phase, emerging adulthood. For emerging adults life is typically filled with an unprecedented amount of change and a time for asking many deeply-personal life questions. When an emerging adult has an alcohol or drug abuse problem or addiction, parents are on the front lines trying to intervene and offer support.
The risks and detrimental effects of alcohol abuse by young adults under the age of 25 can have life-long consequences. In a recent survey, nearly 80% of 17-18 year olds had consumed alcohol, with over 47% of these 17-18 year olds using alcohol regularly. To help your young adult/teenager get the fullest from life, it..
Although drinking in moderation can be safe for adults, drinking by anyone under 21 can be a serious issue and should not be ignored, dismissed or minimized. There are, of course, the immediate risks and harms a young adult may experience from drinking alcohol: they are more likely to have driving accidents, experience death from..
Heavy teenage marijuana use could damage brain structures critical to memory and reasoning and the effects may be long lasting. Heavy pot use during teenage years is also connected with lower IQ. It is well known that the human brain is not fully developed until 25-28 years of age. Chronic or heavy pot use by..
Are you concerned your teenager or young adult is using marijuana? Below you will find 38 warning signs and symptoms for marijuana use. Marijuana use is very controversial across the nation, but something that cannot be denied, is the detrimental effect it has on young adults. It has been proven that young adults/teenagers who use..
As 2013 comes to a close, we wanted to review our most popular articles during the year. In reviewing the most viewed articles, four major themes emerge as the top concerns and focus of our readers during this year. Warning Signs It is clear that many people are interested in determining if they or a..
For the college student struggling with an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol, things can look bleak, but there is hope. Over the years we have seen many college students who were forced to drop out of school due to their addiction. We also saw others that were struggling to maintain their grades due to their addiction to..
We previously discussed Chicagos heroin epidemic and saw that the rapid increase in young adults becoming addicted to heroin is truly startling. There are steps that parents can take to prevent their loved ones from becoming a sad statistic of the heroin epidemic. DO NOT keep prescription medications in an easily accessible spot such as in your..
As an addiction treatment center in Lincoln Park, Chicago, we see trends in addiction first hand. Although all addictions are heartbreaking, nothing has touched us as deeply as the current heroin epidemic among young people. We have seen young adults in their late teens and early twenties struggling to recover from one of the most..
Do you remember growing up and wanting to be liked and included in your peer group? One of the hardest parts of growing up is feeling excluded from peer groups and while this can be challenging, it is also a normal part of the development of an Emerging Adult. If it did not come naturally,..