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Teens Under the Influence: The Truth about Kids, Alcohol, and Other Drugs- How to Recognize the Problem and What to Do about It [Paperback]

Katherine Ketcham , Nicholas A. Pace

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Aug 2003
Across the United States, in small towns and major cities, in suburbs and slums, in public and private schools, thousands of kids are experimenting with drugs. Many of them will become addicts; some will die. The first and only book to focus entirely on adolescent alcohol and other drug use, Teens Under the Influence addresses the immediate dangers that threaten these kids—exploring the short- and long-term effects of their addiction and giving parents solid, sensitive, practical advice to combat this growing epidemic.

Knowledge is the key to defeating drug addictions, and that is what this comprehensive, timely new book provides. Full of candid true stories from adolescent drug users, with facts based on the most recent scientific research, Teens Under the Influence tells you exactly what you need to know to deal with your child’s problem, covering such important topics as

• The common myths and misconceptions about drug addiction
• The crucial differences between adult and adolescent dependency
• The reasons kids get hooked
• The stages of adolescent addiction
• The different kinds of drugs kids use and combine
• Various treatment options and how to choose the best treatment for your child
• Strategies for handling relapses

Teens Under the Influence offers practical help that may save your child’s life. It may save the life of a friend. And it may save your own.

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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a must for anyone working with teens 26 Sep 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I work with teens with drug/alcohol problems and this book is an absolute must. It is an excellent book in that it dispels the myths about teen addiction that are very prevalent in our society. These myths prevent us from dealing with our children, students, and patients in the most effective way. In addition to factual and up-to-date information about addiction's causes and treatment, it includes information from the teens themselves that is not ony profound but touching. While the book is full of essential research, it is also a book I could not put down. The authors artfully provide information in a way that keeps you wanting to turn each page. I know that as a result of this book, I will never again see addiction in quite the same way. This book has many practical applications as well as providing a paradigm shift in my thinking. This is a book not only for professionals, but for parents dealing with these issues. I consider it a "must have" book in working with kids.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Honest and thorough 16 Feb 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This book is a must read for any parent who has concerns about their child taking drugs. It is incredibly thorough in terms of covering all types of drugs, what to look for in your child's behavior/physical appearance, sharing various kids and parents stories, drug abuse from both the kids and parents perspectives, what to do and how to deal with the abuse, and most importantly, knowing that you aren't alone. A beautifully and honestly written book.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Teens: Under the Influence 23 Oct 2006
By Warren P. Nichols - Published on Amazon.com
This book is "the" book for any parent wanting an understanding of the process of destruction alcohol does to their child.

As the founder of a non profit organization dedicated to providing education, support and resources to parents (parentshelpingparents.info) who have just learned that they have a child abusing alcohol and/or other drugs. I found that this book did the best job in providing parents with the all the information they need and preparing them for creating a new direction for their child. For this reason, Our board of directors selected this book to provide to families.

Never give up, always have a plan.

Pat Nichols, Chair

Parents Helping Parents, Inc.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for parents and teachers 27 July 2011
By KG - Published on Amazon.com
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I had to read this book as part of a school administrator program. Best book we read all semester--really eye opening. I also appreciate it as a parent. I remember learning that when a woman who has a history of alcoholism in her family exposes her child to alcohol while in the room runs a huge risk of having a teenager who abuses alcohol as well. Maybe common sense, but it made me question drinking even a little bit while pregnant and nursing.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "must have" for ANY parent. 17 May 2009
By Judy Herzanek - Published on Amazon.com
"Kathy Ketcham covers it all in the comprehensive guide for parents and anyone concerned about a teen they care about.

This book is so packed with information, you will find yourself referring to it over and over again.

A "must have" for ANY parent."

Judy Herzanek
Dir. Creative Development and Marketing/Changing Lives Foundation
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