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Chances are good that even young teenagers will have heard about opioids and overdose deaths at some point. To learn more about visit https://teens.drugabuse.gov/

It Feels So Bad: It Doesn't Have To
Provides information about alcohol and drug addiction to children whose parents or friends' parents might have substance abuse problems. Advises kids to take care of themselves by communicating about the problem and joining support groups such as Alateen. https://store.samhsa.gov/product/It-Feels-So-Bad/SMA12-4160

Family Therapy Can Help: For People in Recovery From Mental Illness or Addiction
Explores the role of family therapy in recovery from mental illness or substance abuse. Explains how family therapy sessions are run and who conducts them, describes a typical session, and provides information on its effectiveness in recovery. https://store.samhsa.gov/product/Family-Therapy-Can-Help-For-People-in-Recovery-From-Mental-Illness-or-Addiction/SMA15-4784

Talking to kids about drugs: "What if she finds out the truth?"
"Debbie" has been drug-free for years. She wants her daughter to stay away from drugs. But she's afraid to talk to her daughter about her past. (This story is based on the experiences of real people whose names have been changed.)
https://easyread.drugabuse.gov/content/talking-kids-about-drugs-what-if-she-finds-out-truth

 "My life was built around getting cocaine and getting high."
"Stacey" is recovering from her cocaine addiction. She's thankful that her life is different now than it was before. (This story is based on the experiences of real people whose names have been changed.)
https://easyread.drugabuse.gov/content/my-life-was-built-around-getting-cocaine-and-getting-high

 Pain medicine addiction: "All I wanted was more of the drug."
"Max" was addicted to prescription drugs. The addiction slowly took over his life. (This story is based on the experiences of real people whose names have been changed.)
https://easyread.drugabuse.gov/content/pain-medicine-addiction-all-i-wanted-was-more-drug

 Quitting marijuana: "I need different people around me."
To stop using marijuana, "Cristina" is making positive changes in her life. She finds support from family and friends who don't use marijuana. (This story is based on the experiences of real people whose names have been changed.)
https://easyread.drugabuse.gov/content/quitting-marijuana-i-need-different-people-around-me

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