Living with Substance Addiction features fictional narratives paired with firsthand advice from a medical expert to help preteens and teenagers feel prepared for dealing with substance addiction during adolescence. Topics include complications of substance addiction, getting help and detox, rehab, and aftercare, triggers, and relapse. Throughout the book, Ask Yourself This questions encourage discussion. Features include a selected bibliography, further readings, Just the Facts summary of medical facts about addiction, Where to Turn summary of key advice that includes contact information for helpful organizations, a glossary, source notes, and an index. Living with Health Challenges is a series in Essential Library, an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.
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ABDO's "Living with Health Challenges" series combines ficitonalized accounts of teens living with the subject diseases along with factual information from health professionals. The use of text features, specifically text boxes and varying colors of type, helps point out important information such as symptoms to watch for and common misconceptions, along with celebrities with the diseases. Each chapter ends with "Ask Yourself This" questions specific to that chapter. A great resource for teens looking for answers about a disease or for researching topics for a school project. The author's work as a mental health counselor both in private practice and in the school setting adds credibility to her authorship of this book. Titles in this series include Living with: Autism; Cancer; Celiac Disease; Diabetes; Epilepsy; Food Allergies; and ADHD. A solid purchase for secondary schools.