Drugs and Alcohol

From casual use of marijuana to the heroin and opioid epidemic and prescription drug abuse, parents have a lot to worry about. Substance abuse can alter your child’s personality and brain chemistry and can derail their future. You might be wondering: How do I know if my child is using drugs? How do I talk to my teen about heroin? How can I help my child overcome prescription drug abuse?

These videos offer parental support and information on topics such as how to recognize the signs of substance abuse, how to handle heroin or opioid use, how to keep your child from abusing prescription drugs, what to say to your child who thinks marijuana is “no big deal”, and other ways in which you can help your child grow up with a healthy attitude toward drugs and alcohol.

Why Are Some Drugs Addictive?

Michael Kuna, M.D.
Psychiatrist/Addictionologist
Genesis Clinical Services
Wheaton, IL
630.653.6441

Why Are Some Drugs Addictive?

There are many theories why teens become addicted to drugs and alcohol. We now know that there is a part of the brain that is directly involved with addictive behavior. This pathway, called the Reward Pathway, is necessary for life. Unfortunately, alcohol and drugs of abuse can trick this pathway into thinking that these substances are important for survival. The resulting effect is that alcoholics and addicts will often give up everything so they can have their drug of choice.

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