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Dr. Steve Frisch, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist in private practice in
Chicago, Illinois and Northfield, Illinois.

You can contact Dr. Frisch, Psy.D. at
(847) 498-5611.

Recover from chemical dependency and its toxic impact on family members. Raise your children to choose to be alcohol and other drugs free. Learn how to in Dr. Frisch’s, Psy.D. Recovery book series.

How to Prevent Your Child from Drinking and Drugging: Help Your Child Develop a Spiritual Practice

ear Dr. Steve:

As my children get older, I’m becoming more concerned about what will happen to them once they get into junior high school. Television is full of special reports about teenagers becoming addicted to heroin. I also hear a lot recently about children abusing club drugs. There’s so much out there that worries me. What can I do to protect my children from getting involved with alcohol and drugs?

A recent study reported in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry may provide some guidance for parents like you who want to become more proactive. This study revealed that those teens who are involved in an active spiritual practice are 50% less likely to become dependent on alcohol and other drugs than those teens who have no religious beliefs or training. The implication of this finding is that a spiritual practice can insulate teenagers from developing problems with alcohol and other drugs.

 To determine the relationship between religiosity and substance use of 676 adolescents aged 15 to 19, Miller and colleagues at Columbia University conducted a study using survey data. The study showed that teens with a higher degree of personal devotion, personal conservatism, and institutional conservatism were less likely to engage in alcohol consumption and less likely to engage in marijuana or cocaine use. The study makes clear that adolescents who claim to have a personal relationship with the Divine are only half as likely to even try marijuana and cocaine. This lends more credibility to the idea that alcoholism is not only a biological disorder but a spiritual disorder as well.

A personal sense of spirituality helps adolescents avoid alcohol and other drug abuse. The study’s author, Dr. Lisa Miller, emphasized that, “Spirituality, whether within or without of religion, is the most central baring in an adolescent's life. It cannot be ignored by parents, or the adolescent will go shopping for meaning, communion and transcendence.”
Dr. Miller concluded that, “Adolescents at high risk might be protected from substance dependence or abuse if they engage with a Higher Power or become involved in a religious community.

If your children are not involved in some type of spiritual practice, consider getting them involved.

Pathfinder’s Checklist
1.) Read Dr. Steve Frisch’s, Psy.D. series of Recovery books, From Insanity to Serenity. These books focus on chemical dependency, how to raise alcohol and other drugs free children, and Recovery for both the chemically dependent individual and their friends and family members.

2.) Read Fact Sheets about How to Raise an Alcohol and Drug-Free Child
3.) Read Fact Sheets about Information About Alcohol and Other Drugs
4.) Read the Fact Sheet, Referrals
5.) Read Fact Sheet, Warning Signs of Alcohol and Other Drugs Abuse
6.) Read Entering the World of Your Child: How to Nurture Your Child’s Spirit by Dr. Steve Frisch, Psy.D.
7.) Read A Parent’s Guide for Protecting Their Children From Alcohol and Other Drugs by Dr. Steve Frisch, Psy.D.
8.) Read But I’m Not The One With the Problem: How to Cope With a Loved One Who Abuses Alcohol and Other Drugs, by Dr. Steve Frisch, Psy.D.



Recover from chemical dependency and its toxic impact on family members. Raise your children to choose to be alcohol and other drugs free. Learn how to in Dr. Frisch’s, Psy.D. Recovery book series—From Insanity to Serenity.

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