New 'tough talk' book for parents of teen drug addicts is released in defiance of federal complacency.

NEW YORK, Nov. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ A new book by Dr. Laurence M. Westreich acknowledges what President Trump called "a national health emergency". Although the president neglected his promise to allocate federal funding in August to combat the epidemic of opioid-related deaths among teenagers, parents now have a potentially life-saving tool in A Parent's Guide to Teen Addiction: Professional Advice on Signs, Symptoms, What to Say, and How to Help (Skyhorse Publishing hardcover; October 17, 2017; $22.99).

Parents who suspect their teen's substance abuse often don't know if their teen is addicted or what to do about it. Westreich, an addiction expert and the father of two teenagers, helps parents navigate the fraught addiction landscape. Divided into three sections, this bookbased on the author's decades of experience evaluating and treating teenagers who use substancesguides parents from the moment they suspect their teen has a substance abuse problem to the steps families must take after intensive treatment.

Westreich . . .

  • Lays out the facts of teen addiction and explains how to recognize a problem with a teen.
  • Details what parents need to know about the substances that teenagers commonly use.
  • Provides information on what to do about the substance abuse, including how to find good one-on-one addiction therapy, how to encourage a teen to enter an outpatient program or inpatient facility, and how to line up aftercare treatment.

Best of all, he includes "tough talk" dialogues that parents can tailor to their specific situation with their teen. This practical, hopeful, and reassuring book helps parents put their teen on the healthy and life-affirming road to recovery.

"If your teenager uses opioids, you cannot wait until he 'hits bottom,' because the bottom might be death," Westreich warns. He advises parents to act upon the first recognition of a child's opioid use, and he offers hope for recovery. "Treatment works! Intensive inpatient programs, outpatient group or individual therapy, and even some medications can save your teenager's life."

Laurence M. Westreich, MD, is an addiction psychiatrist, clinical associate professor of psychiatry at the New York University School of Medicine, and the author of Helping the Addict You Love. He is the past president of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, and is a consultant on behavioral health and addiction to the commissioner of Major League Baseball. He has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, WABC-TV, Fox News, Radio America, Sirius Satellite Radio, WOR-AM, and AP Radio Network, and speaks to schools and community groups on an ongoing basis. He resides in Montclair, New Jersey.

Skyhorse Publishing, one of the fastest-growing independent book publishers in the United States, was launched in September 2006 by Tony Lyons, former president and publisher of the Lyons Press. It has had forty-six titles on the New York Times bestseller list over the course of its ten-year history.

With more than 6,500 titles in print, and a focus on publishing books of the moment, Skyhorse publishes a maverick list that includes fiction, nonfiction, history, politics, rural living, cooking, humor, and children's books. Lyons is dedicated to publishing books that make people's lives better, whether that means teaching them a hobby, bringing them a unique and important story, or encouraging them to fight against injustices, conspiracies, or abuses of power.

A Parent's Guide to Teen Addiction
Professional Advice on Signs, Symptoms, What to Say, and How to Help
By Laurence M. Westreich
Skyhorse Publishing hardcover; also available as an ebook
October 17, 2017 | ISBN: 9781510728363 | $22.99

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