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  1. Common Addictions Among Teen Girls

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    When you think about teenage addictions, you probably think about drugs and alcohol. Those addictions are common, no doubt, but there are other addicting activities for parents to watch out for in their kids. When it comes to mental problems like anxiety, ADHD, and depression, teen girls appear just a little more vulnerable than their male counterparts. That puts them at risk for developing behavioral addictions.

    Addiction happens when someone falls into a cycle of tolerance and overuse. This applies to certain stimulating behaviors – gambling, shopping, and even exercising – as well as narcotics and alcohol. Whatever the behavior, it’s a form of self-medication: It helps block, or at least alleviate, the unpleasant emotions.

    Social Media Addiction

    Only recently have we begun to understand internet addiction. It all comes down to validation: by getting “likes” on Facebook or texts from friends, we get a thrill, and we feel like we belong. When something goes wrong in the real world, we can also look to Facebook or Instagram to cheer us up, or to make us feel normal. The online activity itself can be problematic as well – teenage sexting, for example — but at its base, the issue is obsession: Checking social media all day everyday isn’t healthy or necessary at all.

    Sex Addiction

    It’s taboo, but it’s true: girls can be sex-addicted. Just like the men, they need help to stop. There are many reasons why a teenage may become sexually promiscuous: self-validation, rebellion, or just plain old hyper-sexuality. There are several types of sex addiction.

    Exercise Addiction

    For teens with body image issues, exercise addiction is actually quite common. Compulsive exercising is usually a coping strategy for dealing with anxiety. Body size and athletic ability may be big motivators, but deep down, it has more to do with control. Many teen girls who exercise compulsively also suffer anorexia nervosa. Both conditions are a form of purging, so don’t consider the former a healthier, if not optimal, alternative to the latter.

    Prescription Drug Addiction

    Even the most innocent teen girls can become addicted to prescription drugs, because it doesn’t take a whole lot of nerve to start using them. They’re legal, after all, so shouldn’t they be safe? Not so much. 1 in 5 teens wind up hooked on opiate painkillers or anti-anxiety medications. If the teen doesn’t a prescription, they can easily get the drugs anyway—if not from their own parents’ medicine cabinet, then from a friend or relative.


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  2. Talking About Porn with Kids Reduces Usage

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    No parent likes the idea of their child watching pornography. Unfortunately, it’s an uncomfortable topic to tackle. If you’re debating whether or not the awkwardness would be worthwhile, take note: open conversations are tremendously valuable when it comes to preventing behavioral problems. In a 2015 study published in the Journal of Children and Media, researchers from Texas Tech University found that children are much less likely to use porn at all if their parents express negative views on pornography outwardly.

    Pornography and Sex Addiction


    Pornography refers to any printed, visual, or audio-based material designed to appeal to our sexual drive. A small but significant amount of porn users take the habit too far and fall into the same vicious cycle that characterizes any other addiction. Compulsive porn use hammers down the brain’s dopamine receptors, which makes it hard to feel happiness. At a certain point, not even the pornography is stimulating.

    In the U.S., pornography addiction doesn’t have a universally accepted definition or criteria. However, this is mostly due to stigma. We don’t want to view social media, television, or pornography as legitimate addictions, because, for many of us, that would mean we have a problem. There is a substantial body of research to support these compulsions, including effective screening tools.

    Every new study on pornography addiction, it seems, produces more startling results than the last–and nobody wants to believe this is such a capable problem. For the current generation of children, who have much more access to pornographic material thanks to smartphones and tablets, these findings are even more worrisome. How deeply affected will they be?

    Young People and Pornography Addiction


    Most young adults who use pornography casually won’t suffer a downturn in their happiness or productivity. That doesn’t mean pornography can’t contribute to their problems, though. Along with fast food, another modern-day anomaly, it’s believed to be a main culprit in early onset of sexual dysfunction.

    The study’s authors note that teenage boys and teenage girls are roughly equally as likely to have a parent who overtly expresses a negative view of pornography, even though teen boys actually consume pornography substantially more often than teen girls.

I first met Sayeh in November of 2013 just after my 15 year old daughter had been admitted to a residential treatment program. As part of the program I was required to attend 2-3 AlAnon meetings a week. Sayeh attended the same AlAnon meetings as well as Alumni events as I. It soon became apparent to me that Sayeh had a heart for recovery, program, and God. When I was encouraged to get a sponsor I didn’t hesitate. Dependable, respectful, kind and generous of spirit, she exudes an inner peace that I hope to achieve with her loving guidance, as I work my own program. She is patient, & full of wisdom that she is always happy to share with her sponsees and fellow parents. I am so grateful our journeys brought us together.

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