26 March, 2021

Addicted Child: Parent’s Guide to Adolescent Substance Abuse by Richard Capriola Spotlight, Guest Review with Excerpt and Giveaway!

Addicted Child by Richard Capriola

Addicted Child: Parent’s Guide to Adolescent Substance Abuse by Richard Capriola
Publisher:  Book Baby (November 24, 2020) 
Category: Self-help, Parenting, Adolescence, Substance Abuse, Drug Dependency Recovery, & Non-Fiction 
Tour dates: March-April, 2021 
ISBN: 978-1-09832-728-1 
Available in Print and ebook,  
107 pages Addicted Child


Description Addicted Child by Richard Capriola

The Addicted Child is a resource for parents. It addresses adolescent substance abuse. Readers learn the extent of adolescent substance abuse in America, how drugs impact the teen brain, warning signs every family should know about, assessments and tests important for a comprehensive assessment and diagnosis, how eating disorders and self-injury can accompany substance abuse, how to recognize street drugs being used by teens, and resources to help identify treatment options. Parents will learn from Richard Capriola, a mental health and addictions counselor, the importance of comprehensive assessments - and what to look for in a counselor to know you're getting the right help.

Praise Addicted Child by Richard Capriola

Literary Titan Book Award (Gold) 2020 In this pragmatic and accessible text Rick Capriola has distilled the wisdom he accrued from decades of experience on the frontlines of substance use treatment. He provides a valuable resource to all parents attempting to find their bearings in the often confusing and frightening world of intertwined adolescent psychological and substance use problems.”-Major R. Bradshaw, Ph.D  Department Of Psychiatry, Houston Methodist Hospital 

 “Rick has written an invaluable tool for parents. The Addicted Child helps parents understand how alcohol and drugs influence their child’s behavior, offers resources to help parents find effective treatment options, and explains which assessments are important for a diagnosis and the professionals that should be involved in making those assessments.”-Jamison Monroe, Founder and Chairman Of Newport Healthcare 

 Whilst doing research on an upcoming book I stumbled upon this newly released gem. Richard Capriola is a retired addiction counselor who has taken the time to share his extensive experience in this well-written book. The language is easy and the flow of information effortless. The book tackles the shock of parents when they first learn about their children's drug use disorders and mental health problems, before providing the information necessary to help the parents help their children. It describes the commonly abused drugs out there (from an US perspective) and highlights the need to look out for process disorders such as eating disorders and self-harm. Finally the book demystifies the principles for adolescent substance abuse treatment and describes available treatment approaches. In my opinion a fantastic book that is targeted towards parents that want to be better informed when it comes to drug abuse and mental health problems of their children. A must-read!”- Stephan Neff, My Steps To Sobriety

“The book hooks you right from the acknowledgment. The author tells a poignant story describing why he decided to write this book and goes on to share stories of parents who were surprised by underlying mental illnesses. This personal touch gives the book a human quality that puts the rest of the information into perspective. Any parent would benefit from this book.”-Literary Titan

The Addicted Child Excerpt

As the parent of an addicted child, feelings of helplessness, blame, and fear can drown out any  sense of hope. If your child uses alcohol or drugs, you know firsthand how it affects your family.  You may be carrying your child’s addiction on your own shoulders. You’ve cried and felt scared,  wondering if today the drug would take your child forever. You might have been angry and  asked, “How did I miss the warnings?” or wondered, “What did I do wrong?” 

You love your child but, like one patient’s mother told me, you may feel overcome with  fear. She sat across from me and through her tears, she cried, “I didn’t know what to do. I  thought I was going to lose her.”  

If addiction has plagued your family, you see up-close how alcohol and drugs invade  your child’s brain and create abnormal behaviors. Angry outbursts. Defensiveness. Rebellion.  When you try to control these behaviors, you set in motion a conflict that escalates the problem.  So you establish strict rules, and when your child violates them, you punish the behavior. Soon  you find yourself stuck in a cycle of control and out-of-control. It’s easy to become overwhelmed  with the battle. 

The majority of teens I treated used marijuana, usually multiple times a day. When asked  why they used it, most said, “It helps my anxiety.” Their answer points to an important clue  hidden below the surface of substance abuse: There could be an underlying reason why your  child uses alcohol or drugs. It might be to relieve anxiety or depression. Perhaps it’s to avoid  traumatic memories like bullying. It might be to cope with a psychological issue, such as post traumatic stress disorder, attention deficit disorder, or a personality disorder. While not every  child using substances has an underlying psychological issue, for those that do, treating the alcohol or drug problem without treating the mental health issue behind it can be a treatment plan  doomed to fail.  

When you look beyond your child’s drinking or drug use, you may discover their struggle  to manage intolerable thoughts, feelings, or memories is a core issue that requires treatment.  However, you’re probably not equipped with the resources, training, or education to adequately  do so. Therefore, it’s important that you insist on a comprehensive psychological and medical  assessment before starting any treatment. 

If you’ve been down this road, you might have already taken this step. Hearing the results  of your child’s psychological assessment and diagnoses can be more difficult than hearing the  details of their substance use. No parent wants to hear that their child is “broken.” You probably  knew something about their alcohol or drug use, but the psychological findings can be shocking.  Shattering. Confusing. Frightening.  

I have sat in hundreds of diagnostic conferences when parents heard for the first time that  their child has severe anxiety, major depression, or suffers from an emerging personality disorder  or schizophrenia. Hearing these diagnoses is heartbreaking because parents usually see the  substance abuse while completely unaware of the underlying mental health issues. 

Your child may be creative at flying under the radar and discreetly hiding their substance  use. The most frequent reaction I heard from parents was, “I had no idea this was going on!” Or  if they suspected their child was using a substance, they were shocked at how extensive it was.  Sometimes it was weekly use. Often it was daily.  

There are important differences between adult and adolescent substance use disorders.  Unlike the adult brain, your child’s brain is a work in process and reaches maturity in their mid-

twenties. Thus, introducing alcohol or drugs into their maturing brain puts your child at risk of  developing a substance use disorder.  

The consequences of substance use are another difference. Adults abusing substances  often experience catastrophic consequences, such as losing a job or relationship. Many have been  incarcerated. Adolescents, on the other hand, experience few consequences other than the threat  of punishment from their parents, which often reinforces their substance use as a form of  rebellion.  

Richard Capriola has been an addictions counselor for over two decades. He has worked with  adolescents and adults diagnosed with mental health and substance abuse issues. He is the author  of The Addicted Child: A Parent’s Guide to Adolescent Substance Abuse which is available on  Amazon and http://www.helptheaddictedchild.com


Addicted Child by Richard Capriola  

Guest Review by Laura Lee 

Unfortunately, it is becoming more and more common in our world to lose  someone to drug addiction. So many of us have a family member who has become  addicted to drugs, and, in some cases, even died from this addiction. Substance  abuse issues and opioid deaths continue to skyrocket in this country every year.  

When you bring a child into this world, you only want what is best for them and  the thought that they might factor into those statistics is a scary thing. But, as a  parent, you have to be prepared to help your child no matter what they are going  through and this book, 'The Addicted Child: A Parent's Guide to Adolescent  Substance Abuse,' by Richard Capriola is a great place to start.  

This book is a comprehensive guide to seeking help for your substance abusing  child. Everything from how to determine if your child really is addicted, to  determining what they are addicted to and finally how exactly to get help for them  is covered in a quick and easy format.  

This book covers a lot in only seventeen chapters and does so in an academic way  that is also accessible to anyone who is not familiar with the world of drugs and  substance abuse. Richard Capriola is a substance abuse and mental health  counselor, but his writing does not bog down the book with a lot of long-winded  explanations or unintelligible words.  

'The Addicted Child' is a simple, easy-to-understand resource for parents who may  not have time to sort through a lot of information at once. Early in the book,  Capriola insists that teenage drug use is not something that has to define your  child's entire life. A sentiment that I'm sure many reading this book would  appreciate and find comforting in their time of need. 


About Richard Capriola

Addicted Child by Richard Capriola

Richard Capriola has been a mental health and addictions counselor for over two decades. He has been licensed in Illinois and Texas and has treated both adults and adolescents with substance abuse disorders. Website: https://helptheaddictedchild.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/richard.capriola Twitter: https://twitter.com/CapriolaRichard Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/richardcapriola Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/instarick1949/

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