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The Effectiveness of Art Therapy in Teen Addiction Recovery

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Blog by Sally Perkins. Photo by Victoria Bilsborough on Unsplash Despite New Jersey being one of only two states country-wide to score an undisputed ‘10’ for having the right laws and regulations in place to help combat teen substance abuse, the state also boasts the 6th- highest teen overdose rate. The findings, which were disclosed by the organization known as Trust for America’s Health, highlight the importance of having both preventative and treatment measures in place to care for New Jersey’s most at-risk youth . Approximately 15% of substance treatment programs in the USA offer art therapy with nearly 11% of all teenagers in treatment having access to a program that makes use of art or music therapy. The use of art therapy in treating substance abuse is not new. It actually dates back as far the 1950’s with the American Art Therapy Association (AATA) particularly acknowledging the role art therapy...
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Talking About Drugs and Alcohol with Your Kids

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I am sure that by now you probably know that drugs and alcohol present a menacing threat to your children. What you may not realize is that that you represent the crucial element in preventing your children from suffering the harm that substance abuse can bring. Fact is that a healthy talk at home represents the best way of setting your children down the path to a future that is free of alcohol and drug abuse. Keep in mind that your children are attending sporting events, go to parties, participate in school dances, and more likely than not, the topic of drug or alcohol use is likely to come up. Which is why keeping the communications channels open with your children, is paramount. If you’re lucky, your children will come to you and ask you about things they see and hear while in school, or out of it. When your child...
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Talking About Drugs and Alcohol with Your Kids

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I am sure that by now you probably know that drugs and alcohol present a menacing threat to your children. What you may not realize is that that you represent the crucial element in preventing your children from suffering the harm that substance abuse can bring. Fact is that a healthy talk at home represents the best way of setting your children down the path to a future that is free of alcohol and drug abuse. Keep in mind that your children are attending sporting events, go to parties, participate in school dances, and more likely than not, the topic of drug or alcohol use is likely to come up. Which is why keeping the communications channels open with your children, is paramount. If you’re lucky, your children will come to you and ask you about things they see and hear while in school, or out of it. When your child...
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Substance Abuse and Seniors

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By Karli Rymer, Wellspring Center for Prevention intern Growing older brings on many changes in life. This includes changes in health, lifestyle, family obligations, work roles, and sources of support. These changes the elderly face are accompanied by physical pain, stress, loneliness, and loss of mobility. It is no wonder why elderly people may turn to alcohol and drugs in later life. The very real struggles of aging may impel seniors towards substance abuse or exacerbate a problem that has been developing for years. In fact, there are 2.5 million older adults with an alcohol or drug problem. The severity of the substance abuse and elderly issue rests in some staggering statistics. Approximately 14% of elderly emergency hospital admissions are a result of alcohol or drug problems as well as 20% of elderly psychiatric hospital admissions. Almost 50% of nursing home residents have alcohol related problems. Widowers over the age of...
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Drug Abuse in Seniors: How To Spot The Warning Signs

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By Hazel Bridges With the widespread opioid addiction crisis over the last decade, Americans have seen more and more seniors fall prey to drug abuse. While it can start for many different reasons, it can be extremely dangerous and difficult for the senior population to recover from substance abuse, and unfortunately misuse of prescription drugs by seniors is estimated to grow exponentially by 2020 --a 100% jump from 2001, according to DrugRehab.org . Often, seniors who don’t have sufficient health insurance coverage and are on a tight budget will resort to using medication meant for someone else, or they will self-medicate with over-the-counter drugs or alcohol. They may use these substances to numb the pain or to cope with loneliness, grief, or isolation, all of which affect many seniors even when they have loving family members around them. This use of substances can be dangerous or even deadly to a senior...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending April 14

Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending April 14
Our Weekly Addiction News & Policy Update is a compilation of news items provided to Wellspring by a variety of sources. Wellspring staff assembles this information and is pleased to provide it to you. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, feel free to contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The content of this email does not represent the official views or policies of Wellspring Center for Prevention. The content has been collected from a variety of sources and is provided for informational purposes only. The appearance of external hyperlinks does not constitute endorsement by Wellspring of the linked web sites, or the information, products or services contained therein. If you do not wish to receive this email in the future, simply email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and ask to be unsubscribed. Campus alcohol statistics shift under new policies In an open letter to student staff last week, Ralph Castro, director of...
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