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"Each of us must come to care about everyone else's children. We must recognize that the well being of our own children is intimately linked to the well being of all other people's children. After all, when one of our children needs life-saving surgery, someone else's child will perform it. When one of our children is harmed by violence, someone else's child will commit it. The good life for our own children can be secured only if it is also secured for all other people's children. But to work for the well being of all children is not just a practical matter-- it is also right!" - Lilian G. Katz, Phd.

Friday, February 10, 2006

Maia Szalavitz

The Blog | Maia Szalavitz: Part II: Genuinely Serious Teen Problems v. Those Most Likely to Be Outgrown and What to Do About Them | The Huffington Post: "Teen behavioral treatment carries risks because concentrating misbehaving teens together, in and of itself, can do harm. Several studies have shown that grouping troubled kids together magnifies deviant behavior. Even short of the heroin injectors telling the pot-smokers where to buy hard drugs (and this does happen), the culture of both inpatient and outpatient rehab programs (see James Frey!) often glamorizes bad behavior and makes the 'worst' kids into role models, no matter how much the program itself tries to minimize such problems.

Before doing anything else then, if at all possible, the first step parents should take is to get a full, independent psychiatric evaluation of the teen. More than half of adolescents with drug problems have another mental illness--often depression, attention-deficit disorder (ADD) or anxiety disorders--and if these go untreated, they are very unlikely to stop using drugs. Also, symptoms of mental illness like extreme mood swings or aggressive behavior are often mistaken by parents (and sadly, some treatment centers) for drug problems and obviously, addiction treatment will not help in such cases."
Her book is already pre-ordered on Amazon. This sounds like an awesome read.