Friday, May 13, 2011

Only You Can Save Your Kids: Teen Drug Use and How to Stop It

Author: Dr. Michael J. Reznicek
Paperback: 46 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace
(February 16, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1460924177

Book Description:

Dr. Reznicek is a clinical psychiatrist who offers radical advice for parents who want to keep their teens away from drugs: take complete control of your child’s life. He says parents have all the tools they need to keep kids drug-free: clear expectations, close supervision, home drug-testing and swift consequences for drug use. He is a harsh critic of the disease model of substance abuse and drug rehab, which he says enables drug use. Rehab teaches teens that drug abuse is a brain disease and that quitting is so complicated it requires trained experts. Neither is true. The disease model also makes parents think they are inadequate for the job. This is an iconoclastic, thought-provoking 9600-word essay that will unsettle anyone who thinks the medical profession holds the keys to solving the drug problem. It is full of common sense and hope—it shows that real help for teens is much closer to home, and much less complicated than many think.

My thoughts:

Drug use among teenagers is epidemic. This 40+ page booklet may very well be the most important literature a parent, grandparent, teacher, minister, or mental health professional will ever read. It gives concise, easy to understand, surefire ways to prevent drug abuse before it starts.  A copy should be given to each new parent as they leave the hospital with their infant (it's never too early to start). It should also be available through ministers and other community leaders.

Only You Can Save Your Kids is a must read for those who wish to prevent problems before they start. It is definitely the best I have read on the subject. I agree with Dr. Reznicek's advice and will give copies to my friends and family. I wish I could give it more than 5 stars*****

About the author:

Dr. Michael J. Reznicek is a board-certified psychiatrist with over 20 years of experience. He has practiced in the military, in hospital-based community settings, in prisons, and in state hospitals. He currently practices in the Department of Corrections in Washington state. Dr. Reznicek has extensive experience in the field of substance abuse. He has written for The Weekly Standard, the Omaha World Herald and has had letters in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and other publications. He has been a guest on numerous talk-radio shows at the local, national and international levels where he has discussed drug abuse. He is an outspoken critic of the way psychiatry over-medicalizes human behavior.

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