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Reducing the Stigma in Adolescents with Addiction Problems

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  • Nobody plans to be an addict
  • The onset of drug use before age 20 years predicts more sustained use over time- Stuart
  • Alcohol is the most commonly used and abused substance by youth- Stuart
  • The teenage years are a period of growth and exploration
  • Every parents worst nightmare: drug addiction
  • “No one is immune from addiction. It affects people of all ages, races, classes and professions.” Patrick J. Kennedy
  • One hit is one to many
  • Drug use open to all eyes
  • The addiction path usually begins with substances like tobacco, alcohol, marijuana or with household products that can be inhaled
  • A vicious cycle that never ends
  • Addiction cost is with human lives
  • Adolescents must be heard and respected
  • 75% of missing children who were reported to the police were runaways. 
  • Broken windows, broken family’s, broken homes
  • Homeless youth have it the hardest
  • Youth living on the street or in correctional institutions are at high risk for HIV, hepatitis B and C and other blood borne diseases because they combine high levels of risky drug use with high levels of risky sexual behaviour.
  • Three options; death, jail, or recovery
  • Stigma is one of the meanest and most difficult aspects of addiction. It makes it harder for individuals and families to deal with their problems and get the help they need
  • Society imposes stigma and its damage Stigma decreases the chance of recovery
  • Addiction: is not a character flaw or weakness, it is a disease
  • Stigma includes negativity, prejudice and discrimination
  • Challenge media that discriminate against addicts
  • Stigma; invisible marks separating our community
  • Helping those who need it most
  • Fill up the classrooms with hope
  • “It’s hard understand addiction unless you’re experienced it” Ken Hensley
  • Educate yourself and the world around you
  • Helping students so they can grow
  • Let’s clean up the streets together
  • We should not hide the disease
  • Harm reduction plays an important role
  • Communication, education, and support are essential
  • Psychiatric nurses can make a difference
  • Light can shine through the darkness
  • Our city can be a better place Changing the stigma will benefit everyone
  • Nurses shine light to reduce stigma
  • Together we can stop the cycle HANDS
  • The road to change is long but worth it in the end
  • There’s hope, we’re here to help
  • A brighter future lies ahead
  • It all starts with one step

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  • Adolescents with Addictions Reducing the Stigma
    A Mental Health Promotion Project
    CarlieMcAleese
    Mallory Saelhof
    Lisa Horner
  • Nobody plans to be an addict
  • “The onset of drug use before age
    20 years predicts
    more sustained use
    over time”
    -Stuart
  • “Alcohol is the most commonly used and abused substance by youth”- Stuart
  • The teenage years are a period of growth and exploration
  • DRUG ADDICTION
    Every parents worst nightmare:
  • “No one is immune from addiction. It affects people of all ages, races, classes and professions.” -Patrick J. Kennedy
  • One hit is one too many
  • Drug use open to all eyes
  • The addiction path usually begins with substances like tobacco, alcohol, marijuana or with household products that can be inhaled
  • A vicious cycle that never ends
  • Addiction cost is with human lives
  • Adolescents must be heard and respected
  • 75% of missing children who are reported to the police are runaways
  • Broken windows
    Broken families
    Broken homes
  • Homeless youth have it the hardest
  • “Youth living on the street or in correctional institutions are at high risk for HIV, hepatitis B and C and other blood borne diseases because they combine high levels of risky drug use with high levels of risky sexual behaviour.”
  • Three options:
    Death, Jail, or Recovery
  • Stigma is one of the meanest and most difficult aspects of addiction. It makes it harder for individuals and families to deal with their problems and get the help they need
  • Society imposes stigma and its damage
  • Addiction: is not a character flaw or weakness, it is a disease
  • Stigma includes Negativity, Prejudice and Discrimination
  • Challenge
    media that
    discriminate against addicts
  • Stigma: Invisible marks separating our community
  • Helping those who need it most
  • Fill up the classrooms with hope
  • “It’s hard to understand addiction unless you’ve experienced it” Ken Hensley
  • Educate yourself and the world around you
  • Helping students so they can grow
  • Let’s clean up the streets together
  • We should not hide the disease
  • Harm reduction plays an important role
  • Communication, education, and support are essential
  • Psychiatric nurses
    can
    make
    a difference
  • Light can
    shine through
    the darkness
  • Our city can be a better place
  • Nurses shine light to reduce stigma
  • Together we can stop the cycle
  • The road to change is long, but worth it in the end
  • There’s hope, we’re here to help
  • Our next stop::
    Reducing the stigma
  • A brighter future lies ahead…
  • It all starts with one step
  • Resources
    http://one80center.com/new-government-study-finds-abuse-of-prescription-meds-skyrocketing/
    Principles and Practices of Psychiatric Nursing. Gail w. Stuart
    http://www.myaddiction.com/teen-drug-addiction.html
    http://www.parents4accountability.com/drug-abuse.php
    http://signsofcocaineuse.com/
    http://www.askanaddict.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=pages.page&page_id=86&pagenum=2
    http://parentingteens.com/blog/category/teen-drug-abuse/
    http://www.troubledwith.com/ParentingTeens
    http://www.crystalmethaddiction.org/Crystal_Meth_Withdrawal_Symptoms.htm
    http://www.canadiancrc.com/Homeless_Children_and_Youths_in_Canada.aspx
    http://www.pbase.com/ssahmed/image/41782762
    http://www.unodc.org/youthnet/youthnet_action_good_practice_street_youth_hiv.html
    http://www.alcoholanswers.org/alcohol-education/stigma-alcohol-dependence-treatment.cfm
    http://www.hbo.com/addiction/stigma/52_coping_with_stigma.html
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/nguva/3217006782/
    http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/k/ken_hensley.html
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/mklingo/2809961438/
    http://www.ghosts.ws/Most-Haunted-Places/St-Louis-Ghost-Train-St-Louis-Saskatchewan-Canada-ghosthunt.htm
    http://kristynmarie.com/?p=1012
    http://narconon.ca/blog/drug-addiction/advice-families-recovering-drug-addicts.html
    http://alberta.inetgiant.ca/medicinehat/addetails/here-s-a-helping-hand/2456028
    http://narconon.ca/blog/drug-rehabilitation/alcohol-drug-abuse-rehab-centers.html
    http://willsonwheels.blogspot.com/2010/09/prince-albert-national-park.html
    Music: Emilee Allan- “She Talks to Angels” (cover) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LamwYU-i-BE&feature=channel_video_title