Family Teens
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Family Teens Online 12 Step Group Meetings are currently being held on Tuesday & Friday at 9pm eastern time.

 

Miracles In Progress Family Teens Group is a support group for teenagers who are adversely affected by Substance Abuse within the family.  We are a 12 Step group that works the 12 Step program of recovery to heal from the pains that alcoholism or addiction has brought into our lives.

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Is your parent, grandparent, brother, sister or other loved member of your family suffering from Alcoholism or Drug Addiction?

Does it bother you?  Are you feeling angry, sad, hurt, confused, or ashamed?  Do you need a safe place to talk about how someone else's alcoholism or addiction is affecting your life, without fear of repercussions?

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provides information to teens to teach them to make correct and healthy decisions!

What Are Substance Abuse and Addiction?

 Substance abuse means using an illegal substance or using a legal substance in the wrong way. Addiction begins as abuse, or using a substance like marijuana or cocaine. You can abuse a drug (or alcohol) without having an addiction.  People can get addicted to all sorts of substances. When we think of addiction, we usually think of alcohol or illegal drugs. But people become addicted to medications, cigarettes, even glue! And some substances are more addictive than others: Drugs like crack or heroin are so addictive that they might only be used once or twice before the user loses control.

Addiction means a person has no control over whether he or she uses a drug or drinks. Someone who's addicted to cocaine has grown so used to the drug that he or she has to have it. Addiction can be physical, psychological, or both.

Physical Addiction

Being physically addicted means a person's body actually becomes dependent on a particular substance.

Psychological Addiction

Psychological addiction happens when the cravings for a drug are psychological or emotional. People who are psychologically addicted feel overcome by the desire to have a drug. They may lie or steal to get it.

Signs of Addiction

The most obvious sign of an addiction is the need to have a particular drug or substance. However, many other signs can suggest a possible addiction, such as changes in mood or weight loss or gain.  Signs that you or someone you know may have a drug or alcohol addiction include:

Psychological signals:

Use of drugs or alcohol as a way to forget problems or to relax

Withdrawal or keeping secrets from family and friends

Loss of interest in activities that used to be important

Problems with schoolwork, such as slipping grades or absences

Changes in friendships, hanging out only with friends who use drugs

Physical signals:

Changes in sleeping habits

Feeling shaky or sick when trying to stop

Needing to take more of the substance to get the same effect

Changes in eating habits, including weight loss or gain

 

Getting Help:

If you think you're addicted to drugs or alcohol, recognizing that you have a problem is the first step in getting help.  Find someone you trust to talk to. It may help to talk to a friend or someone your own age at first, but a supportive and understanding adult is your best option for getting help. If you can't talk to your parents, you might want to approach a school counselor, relative, doctor, favorite teacher, or religious leader

Tips for Recovery

Once you start a treatment program, try these tips to make the road to recovery less bumpy:

 Tell your friends about your decision to stop using drugs.

Ask your friends or family to be available when you need them.

Accept invitations only to events that you know won't involve drugs or alcohol.

Have a plan about what you'll do if you find yourself in a place with drugs or alcohol.

Remind yourself that having an addiction doesn't make you bad or weak..

All information on TeensHealth® is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.

© 1995- 2010 The Nemours Foundation

 

How can Miracles In Progress Family Teens Group Help Me?

Here, on MIP, you will find other teens, who are affected by someone else's alcoholism or addiction, sharing not only the pain of such a hard situation, but also their hopes, dreams, experiences and strengths. We have a message board, resource listings, fun links and a chat room hosted by the most loving people.
The pain of having a family member caught in the mere of alcoholism or addiction is one of the most severe suffering one ever endures. It effects the whole family. Not just the person who is alcoholic or addict. Our well-being is adversely affected by someone else's alcohol or drug abuse.  The pain can be overpowering.  It is agonizing.  It is NORMAL. Everyone’s family is unique but everyone’s pain is the same. Alcoholism or Addiction is a friend to no one.
What is Family Teens Group? It's a place where peers in an online chat room environment teaches that you have "permission to feel, heal and recover". A place where you learn that the emotions you can't understand are seen in a "mirror image" of someone describing exactly what you are going through, and you say to yourself, "that's ME they are describing". So you learn you are not crazy - that the thoughts of the alcoholic or addict, the home, family, etc, that consumes you from the moment you wake from sleep, that finally comes after endless waking hours, are not only yours. You don't have a monopoly on the fears, hurts, anger, disappointments, or shame. It's a place where you find that every word you heard in the beginning and could not believe yourself, suddenly are spoken by you to someone else you see that is in pain and you realize, "that's ME talking" ....now it becomes a place where you have learned that by receiving the support and understanding that helped you get through the pain (of having a alcoholic or addict family member) you are now helping someone who is where you have been. It's a place where you CAN recover from the pain, move away from old survival skills and learn new living skills. 
It’s a place of belonging.

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Find a safe environment. If you find yourself avoiding your house as much as possible, or if you're thinking about running away, consider whether you feel in danger at home. If you feel that the situation at home is becoming dangerous, you can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at (800) 799-SAFE. And never hesitate to dial 911 if you think you or another family member is in immediate danger.


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