Tag Archive: Substance dependence

Parents looking for answers filled the seats of First Christian Church in Huntington Beach last night, as the Huntington Beach Union High School District offered a drug talk.

The program was held in the wake of the overdose of 18-year-old Tyler Macleod.

The first speaker was Senior Pastor Bruce Templeton, who opened the event with a few heartfelt words.

Next to speak was the Superintendent of SBUHSD schools, Dr. Greg Plutko.

The Dr. Bill Beacham took the stage and began to discuss how and when teens turn to drugs.

He reported that the average age of teens trying alcohol or drugs is now 14 years old, and the concern is that at that age, the use of substances will alter the brain.

Beacham gave three destinations for teens who abuse drugs. They will either end up in treatment, jail, or the morgue.

Dr. Bill Beacham discusses the phases of chemical dependency before a crowd of parents at the First Christian Church in Huntington Beach.

He explained that kids get sicker quicker, that the prefrontal cortex isn’t really developed until a human is 19-20 years old.

Dr. Beacham covered the phases of susbtance dependency and how like a concussion, the prefrontal cortex needs 6 to 9 months to heal from substance abuse.

He explained that “hangover” is a glamorized term for overdose, and that you see the changes in a teen through the phases of chemical dependency.

Kids set rules about their drug use. It begins as experimentation. Then they begin to bend the rules, using at school when they vowed they never would. Ultimately, kids lose their rules altogether, as the substance abuse controls them and dictates their need to abuse drugs constantly.

He discussed a weapon for parents to detect the teen experimentation: the Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit.  For information on the Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit

Dr. Bill Beacham holds up a Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit to parents and explains how the 12-panel test gives parents instant results for up to 12 different substance classifications.

Dr. Beacham then told parents that addicts, especially teen addicts will resort to three behaviors to mask their addiction.

Denial: They refuse to acknowledge that they are abusing a substance.

Minimization: They believe that their use is under control and not a problem in their life.

Projection: They blame others for their downfalls, and blame others for blowing their addiction out of proportion.

Dr. Beacham closed the session with models of prevention for parents.

He said the kids need to have a tool kit and they come in a series of steps:

Dr. Bill Beacham discusses his steps to empower parents at a community anti-drug meeting held Monday, October 29th at the First Christian Church of Huntington Beach.

One of the key elements that Beacham believes will help the community is with an anti-drug coalition involving faith, law enforcement, school, and families.

Beacham referred to coalitions making an impact in other communities, and how they’ve helped develop laws like social hosting ordinances which will cost parents fines for allowing teen parties at their homes.

The message was well received, and hopefully Huntington Beach takes more strides against teen and youth drug abuse.

There is one place parents can get answers, and that’s Saturday November 3rd at Edison High School. Parents and students can get information at Real, and event sponsored by parents in Huntington Beach.

REAL, an event held this Saturday at Edison High School.

It’s been six years, but actor Colin Farrel will tell you that it seems like yesterday.

The actor, and one time People’s Sexiest Man, spoke to Details Magazine about the importance of sobriety, when he became a father.

It’s always good to see role models speak out about alcohol and drug use, especially when we typically see the headlines of Hollywood’s A-listers bottoming out.

Here is the link to the article.

Chelsea Laliberte is sharing her sadness about her brother’s death from heroin.      She wants parents to hear her message.

Teensavers already alerted readers to her story in newspaper, but now she’s done a radio interview with Steppin Out radio, and her story is quite powerful.

We’d invite you to listen by clicking HERE.

Parents need to realize that drug abuse can strike the best families and the best children. No child chooses to be a drug addict, but experimenting with drugs can easily lead to a loss of control.

If you think your child might be using drugs, consider using a Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit. Available at Rite Aid, walgreens.com, cvs.com, drugstore.com, and amazon.com, the Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit is the total solution for your family.

Take a detailed look at the kit by clicking HERE.

The folks at Teensaver Diagnostics try to extend the message to parents that addiction can strike any family at any time.

No amount of money, religion, or social status can prevent it.

The best medicine for averting teen addiction is proactive parenting.


Drug addicts aren’t bad people. They have a sickness.

Addiction occurs when good people, make bad decisions, and it we are seeing new teen addicts on a daily basis.

Kirk Shaffer shared his story with the OC Register’s David Whiting. You don’t have to live in Orange County to understand Shaffer’s story. It’s being lived out by millions of other people across the country.

Shaffer talked about his addiction to pretty much everything, and it all started with a big box of pills.

I encourage you to read his story, and see how life turned so quickly for a promising young boy. I also encourage you to read more of David Whiting’s stories on the opiate problem in Orange County, as they surely can hit close to your home.

Addiction isn’t like a a problem with your a tire on your car.

When you have a flat, you simply replace the tire and never look back.

But solving problems of the mind and body, when it comes to addiction, are not that easy.

Addiction is a lifelong battle. It’s understanding choices and decisions, and trying to spend every last ounce of willpower fighting off a craving.

While most people raise their kids, rarely considering what life would be like if their kids were addicts, one family shares their struggles in a recent “Ask Amy” column, syndicated by the Chicago Tribune.

You can read and empathize with their pain by clicking on this link for the article.

Myteensavers has new findings this morning regarding the dangers of opioids. This is a press release from COMTEX:

People with an opioid addiction had the highest risk of death when compared with rates for alcohol and other drugs, according to a new study by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).


For those dependent on opioids, the risk of death was 5.71 times higher than healthy individuals in the population of the same age, gender and race. Those with methamphetamine use disorders were next highest with a 4.67-fold risk, followed by those with addictions to cannabis (3.85), alcohol (3.83) and cocaine (2.96). Alcohol dependence was related to the highest number of deaths overall.

The study, available online in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, is the largest North American study to compare mortality rates among different drug users with the longest follow-up. It tracked records of more than 800,000 individuals hospitalized with drug dependence between 1990 and 2005. Of this group, more than 188,000 died during this period.

The findings mean that if 10 individuals in the general population died, then over the same period there would be 57 deaths among people dependent on opioids, which includes prescription opioids as well as heroin.

“One reason for undertaking this study was to examine whether methamphetamine posed a particular threat to drug users, as it has been called ‘America’s most dangerous drug,'” says CAMH Scientist Dr. Russell Callaghan, who led the study. Globally, methamphetamine and similar stimulants are the second most commonly used class of illicit drugs.

“The risk is high, but opioids are associated with a higher risk. We also wanted to compare mortality risks among several major drugs of abuse, as this comparison hasn’t been done on this scale before.” 

Alcohol dependence affected the highest number of individuals, with 166,482 deaths and 582,771 hospitalizations over the study period. In the methamphetamine group, there were 4,122 deaths out of 74,139 hospitalizations, and for opioids, 12,196 deaths out of 67,104 hospitalizations.

Specific causes of mortality were not examined in this study, so the deaths may not be directly caused by drugs but due to related injuries, infectious disease or unrelated reasons. The researchers are now exploring mortality causes for each drug group, which may also point to reasons why women had a higher risk of death for alcohol, cocaine and opioids than males.

“These are not occasional, recreational drug users, but people who have been hospitalized for drug dependence,” notes co-author Dr. Stephen Kish, Senior Scientist at CAMH.

To calculate mortality rates, Dr. Callaghan and colleagues examined hospital records of all California inpatients with a diagnosis of methamphetamine, alcohol, opioid, cannabis or cocaine-related disorders from 1990-2005. They excluded records with evidence of multiple drug use disorders. The inpatient records were then matched to death records from the California Vital Statistics Database. Rates were adjusted by age, sex and race to the California population in 2000.

“One surprising finding was the high rate of death among cannabis users,” says Dr. Callaghan. “There could be many potential reasons, including the fact that they may have other chronic illnesses such as psychiatric illnesses or AIDS, which can also increase the risk of death.”

The findings point to the importance of brief interventions for people receiving medical care for drug dependence or other related risks such as infectious diseases or injuries, says Dr. Callaghan.

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada’s largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital, as well as one of the world’s leading research centres in the area of addiction and mental health. CAMH combines clinical care, research, education, policy development and health promotion to help transform the lives of people affected by mental health and addiction issues..

CAMH is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto, and is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Centre.

Teensavers loves to see these oops stories.


A teen accused of stealing an iPhone from school faces further charges, after the police tracked the teen to his home and found a drug stash of heroin.

It happened in New Canaan, CT. The phone was reported stolen, and school officials along with authorities reviewed school security video at the time of the theft.

When authorities went to the boy’s home six days later armed with a search warrant, they discovered his heroin habit and stash. They also found residue from marijuana and distributing supplies and a scale.

The bust may be the final step in getting this kid some help. It sounds like in addition to his selling drugs to support his habit, he was also turning to stealing to support it. Now that alleged phone theft could lead him toward the path of recovery. I’m sure if he took that phone, he never thought it would leave to a police raid, and his drug habit being found out.

It reminds me of a story last year in which a blogger was standing in the kitchen with his wife and his phone rang. The caller ID identified that it was his wife’s phone. Puzzled, he looked at his wife then answered the phone. They figured out that the phone was in the family car and their teen was driving it. The phone had wedged between the seats and accidentally dialed the parents. Turns out, they heard their teen driving up and down the street asking for perks. He was looking for percocet.

They were able to get their teen help because of that accidental phone call. Hopefully, if this teen is found guilty, he will get help as well.

Unclear on which treatment is right for a loved one? Your answer may be found in the National Institute on Drug Abuse.


Their latest brochure with information can be found by clicking this link: http://www.drugabuse.gov/sites/default/files/treatmentbrochure_web.pdf

Drug addiction should be taken seriously and all types of drug use should be treated.

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We know there are many questions parents have when it comes to home drug tests.

How do they work?

Are they reliable?

What drugs do they test for?

There is a comprehensive website, with written parental guidance from America’s Parenting Coach, Tim Chapman.    He helps parents with how they can calmly address their kids about the drug test, without a fight, or accusations.

The Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit is the work of long time treatment professional Steve Stahovich, a former teen drug addict, who turned his life around and began treating patients around the world.   The Teensavers cup provides the best combination of drug screens based on what parents asked him for.   Unlike 90% of the products sold online, the Teensavers Cup is made in the USA, and is approved for sales to families.    Believe it or not, many of these companies prey on distraught parents using tests that are forensic use only.    The either sell families cups, made for businesses only, or they sell you cups made in China.   Those cups are worthless.

Myteensavers is your source for drug testing information.     If you are looking for a drug cup, buy the brand that is made for families by a family company.

Click on this picture to get information on popular drugs used by teens, how you can detect it, and how you can get your teen help.