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College Entrance Exam Prep: Understanding the Options

Preparing for the ACT and or the SAT can cause confusion and anxiety. Quite often the most difficult task is determining how and how much to study. The good news is that there are a multitude of options available to aid students in the preparation process. Test prep services range in format and of course price. What follows is an overview of some of the options available as well as a review of the pertinent questions to consider when making the choice.

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Who's at Risk? Substance Abuse in Young Men and Women 

Many parents fear that their teenagers will develop substance abuse issues, and addiction can happen to just about anyone. Certain young adults are more at risk for these problems than others, however, so parents should be aware of some of the main risk factors for teens and drug or alcohol abuse.

Young Adults Who Start Young

Teenagers who start drinking or using drugs at a young age are often more likely to develop addiction issues in college. Some even become addicted to drugs or alcohol while they are still teenagers, and these problems can continue to develop as they age.

Although some parents feel that experimenting with drugs and alcohol is a normal part of life for teenagers, it is important to take this type of behavior very seriously. Parents who seek treatment for their children early can help put a stop to the problem before it develops further.

Teens Who Feel Their Parents Approve

When teenagers feel that their parents approve of their drug or alcohol use, they are more likely to continue using. Many parents have a difficult time determining where to draw the line, however; for example, some feel that it is better for their children to drink at home than anywhere else, and others want their children to feel safe calling them for a ride after drinking rather than driving.

Even though it isn't a bad idea for parents to tell their children to contact them for rides instead of hitting the road while inebriated, it isn't a good idea to encourage drinking and drug use in any form. Instead, parents should encourage healthy activities as an alternative.

Those Whose Parents Have Substance Abuse Issues

There are many reasons why teens are more likely to develop substance abuse issues if their parents have them. First of all, some studies have suggested that alcoholism and other addictions can be genetic, so teens who carry these genes can be more likely to develop problems of their own. Secondly, teens could follow in their parents' footsteps because they look up to them.

The same types of behavior can occur if teens have older siblings or other family members or role models who consume alcohol or use drugs. It is essential for those who have substance abuse problems to seek help for the benefit of themselves and the children in their lives, and alcohol or drugs should never be used around teens. Family counseling for substance abuse can be helpful for everyone who is involved.

Teens With Easy Access

Teens who have easy access to drugs or alcohol are more likely to try these substances, which could lead to abuse later on. Parents should make an effort to keep any prescription drugs or alcohol in a hidden, locked place, and they should also keep an eye on who their teens are hanging out with. Even though they might be proactive about keeping these substances away from the hands of their teens, other parents and older siblings might not be so careful.

Those With Other Issues

Young adults who suffer from low self-esteem, depression, psychological problems and other issues might be more likely to indulge in these substances, so parents should seek professional help for any teens who seem to have an unhealthy frame of mind.

Alcohol or drug abuse are frightening, and many teens are at a risk of developing addiction issues in their lives. By knowing the risk factors, however, parents can work to keep their college students substance free safe.


5 Reasons Your Teenager Needs To Take The PSAT

Some families place little importance on the PSAT, waiting instead for their teenager's chance to take the SAT. However, the PSAT can be a critical tool for preparing for the SAT and assessing a teenager's cognitive skills. Here are five reasons why your teenager should take the PSAT.

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Six Ways You Can Help Your Teenager Build Up Confidence Behind The Wheel 

Most teens look forward to learning how to drive. However, some of them are nervous about actually getting out on the road. Driving is a major responsibility, and your teen may feel as though he or she is unable to take on this responsibility. In fact, most auto insurance companies categorized teenage drivers under a high risk driver auto insurance group, and that alone is enough reason to teach them defensive driving as things like speeding tickets can increase an already higher insurance premium.

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“Papa Don't Preach, I'm in Trouble”

Who could forget those words as belted out by Madonna in her hit song. While the tune of the song may be catchy,the words certainly hold much truth. Perhaps you have been lucky to avoid hearing similar words from your teen. Those three words "I'm in trouble" are strong enough to put any parent in panic mode!

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