From Publishers Weekly
Ketcham (Under the Influence) and Pace, founding director of the American Council on Drug Education, present an honest and factual look at the problem of teenage substance abuse in this valuable parenting resource. Their compassionate approach should be highly valuable both to parents of children who are already abusing drugs and alcohol, and to those who want to prevent their kids from ever using. The book is painstaking and thorough, with a detailed chapter on each drug and how it works. The authors even explain what each drug's high is like (e.g., "cocaine increases brain levels of the feel-good chemical dopamine" and usually makes a user hyperactive, impulsive and talkative). The book's final section gives detailed instructions on how parents can intervene and walk their children through the rehabilitation process, including relapses.
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Parents will find this hard to read, especially if they have a teen who is already abusing drugs. Ketcham, who worked on Under the Influence
, about alcoholism in adults (2002), teams with Pace, a drug-education advocate, to tell it like it is. Combining scientific findings (some as recent as 2002), statements from professional counselors and researchers, and remarks from teens as young as 12, the text presents a stark picture of kids in trouble, addressing three questions parents frequently ask: Why has my teen turned to drugs? What are the most common substances he or she may be using? How do they affect still-growing bodies and brains? Fortunately, the authors don't just leave it at that; without false encouragement, they also examine what parents need to do to help their kids. This isn't a casual read; the clinical style is a little off-putting. But it is an honest, informative evaluation of a serious problem; despite the depressing facts, the authors still hold out hope for family and personal recovery--over time. Stephanie ZvirinCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved