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Addictions (including Drugs, Alcohol and Gambling)

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Alcohol and Substance Use Problems in Children and Youth: Guide for Caregivers
David's Story Up until this school year, David was a regular teen who goes to school and hanging out with his friends. Recently, he's been moody and irritable all the time. His grades have been dropping, and his parents are certain that he's come home intoxicated or high at least a few times. His parents wonder about drug problems, but they just don't know what to do. David's been so irritable and withdrawn  that everyone in the family feels like they're walking on eggshells.... What are Alcohol and Substance Use Problems? Many children and youth have tried drugs and alcohol. Surveys have reported that ...
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Cutting Back or Quitting Drinking
Introduction Many people who drink moderately put themselves and others at risk of alcohol-related harms. These people often believe that only “alcoholics,” people who are dependent on alcohol, cause car accidents or bar brawls. They believe that because they are not dependent themselves, they can drink freely without worrying about the consequences. But the truth is that moderate drinkers cause as much damage as heavy drinkers.   Many moderate drinkers—particularly those who sometimes drink to the point of intoxication—walk a fine line between living normal, productive lives and living recklessly, wearing ...
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Opioid Medications: Information for Patients and Families
What are Opioids? Opioids are a group of similar medications that are used to help with pain.   There are different types of opioids, with different names for example, Percocet®, OxyContin®, Tylenol® No. 2, Tramacet®.   Opioids are used to improve your ability to be active and reduce pain.   You and your doctor will set goals and ensure the medication is effective in achieving the goals, e.g. improving your ability to do the things you did before pain prevented you.   If you seem to benefit from the pain medication, your doctor will see you for follow-up visits to assess pain ...
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Problem Gambling
What is gambling? Gambling involves any activity in which a person takes the chance of losing money or belongings, and when winning or losing is decided mostly by chance.   Gambling is a common activity in our society. Common forms of gambling include buying lottery tickets, playing poker with friends, or going to a casino. When done in moderation, gambling can be a fun activity. But at its extreme, gambling can cause problems such as bankruptcy, loss of relationships, and even lead people to commit suicide. What is problem gambling? When gambling becomes so excessive that it starts causing problems, it is known as ...
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Unplug (from Technology) and Connect: Keeping Families Strong in a Wired World
Introduction  Our brains are wired to require strong relationships, attachments and face-to-face social contact with fellow human beings for happiness and well-being. Good relationships and healthy bonds to others keep us resilient and allow us to bounce back from setbacks. Unfortunately, our technologies and devices are so addictive, that many people are more connected to their devices than each other. The very devices that were meant to make life easier for us are now threatening to disconnect us from one another and thus, damage our physical and emotional health...   Children and youth now use technologies that did not ...
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