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Announcing National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week in Minnesota

You may have heard about National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® through a friend or family member, or perhaps seen something about it on your local Minnesota news. Learning more about it, especially as a parent of a young preteen or teen, can help prepare you to utilize the resources and information available to […]

By |January 23rd, 2018|blog|0 Comments|

Teen Holiday Parties: A Parent’s Guide

The period from Halloween to the New Year is peak party time. As adults, you are probably invited to several functions through work, family and friends.
This is also peak party time for teens.
What Happens at Teenage House Parties

Should you automatically refuse to allow your teen to go to a friend’s house for a party? […]

10 New Most Common Drugs

Each year, a handful of new drugs make their way onto the streets and into the hands of curious teenagers. The result is anything from mild interest to serious addiction – and even near-death experiences. Parents have a duty to stay ahead of trends with new street drugs and keep their children informed about the dangers of […]

How To Help Children Of Alcoholics Understand Addiction

Addiction is difficult to understand for people of any age. It is even more difficult for young children of alcoholics who can’t grasp why their parent or sibling is acting differently. Since addiction can cause a huge range of emotional and physical symptoms, children often end up in the middle of issues beyond their […]

Painkillers in America: A Brief History

The history of painkillers in America spans well before America was even born. The pain-relieving properties of certain plants were well known among the earliest inhabitants. Over time these plants were used to create popular opioid drugs for the treatment of many different conditions. Unfortunately, in the early 1900s little was known about the addictive properties of these substances and how long-term use could affect people negatively. Today, there is an ongoing battle between those who need the drugs for pain management and those who abuse the substances.
Painkillers In The 1900s-1920s
During the first 20 years of the 20th century, opioid use was all the rage. Doctors handed out prescriptions far and wide for everything from minor coughs to serious injuries. The flow of opioid derivatives and coca was fast and free from much of Asia up until 1914, when taxes were first introduced on the drugs. Nevertheless, these drugs remained prevalent until the early 1920s when doctors began to see signs of their addictive nature.
Painkillers In The 1920s-1960s
In 1924, heroin was outlawed in an attempt to stop the damage being caused by rampant addiction. Nevertheless, during and after World War II many soldiers sought treatment for injuries and chronic pain. In an effort to streamline treatment of thousands of soldiers, doctors used pain management clinics to hand out drugs to anyone who came in looking for help.
Painkillers In The 1960s-2000s
Between the 1960s and the new millennium, the United States government enacted numerous restrictions on prescription painkillers, classifying them according to their effects. Drug task forces were formed to catch those who were bringing in opioids from overseas, and crackdowns on doctors happened where there was evidence of illegal prescriptions being written.
Painkillers In The Present Day
In the last decade, the number of drug-related deaths has increased drastically. The dark history of opiates has come into the light and more people are aware of the damage that these drugs can cause those who become addicted. Today, addiction to prescription drugs outweighs nearly all other addictions in the U.S., and many of those addicted never receive treatment.

Interestingly, prescription drugs have become so widely available that people often opt for prescription drugs over “street drugs” like heroin because they are perceived to be safer.
Anthony Louis Center
The history of painkillers has led to an overwhelming problem for much of America. If you or a loved one is struggling with prescription painkillers, the team at Anthony Louis Center can help, starting with a one-on-one consultation.


Understanding Detox and Withdrawal in Teens

While nearly 1.5 million teens in the U.S. struggle with drug dependency, it is thought that only a small fraction of them receive proper treatment and care.

Placing your child in a detox or treatment center is often one of the most difficult challenges a parent can face. Since teen drug abuse takes both a physical […]

Most Commonly Abused Prescription Drugs by Teens

The drug most commonly abused by teens is not a what, but a where – where it is found: right in the medicine cabinets of their own families. Teens do not need street drugs – heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, and marijuana – if they can pull Oxycontin® and Vicodin® right off their grandmothers’ shelves.

We at […]

By |November 28th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Habits That Can Lead To Addiction

We all have things that make us feel good. It’s fine to participate in those activities, but when those habits turn to addiction, they begin to affect our lives as well as the lives of those who love us.

Healthy habits elevate our moods and create lasting enjoyment. Addiction does the opposite. While we feel […]

By |November 28th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

How Being Creative Can Reduce Drug Relapse

During the initial phase of recovery from substance abuse, it’s common to feel like a person’s creativity is lessened because of the symptoms of withdrawal. This is a critical time for avoiding a relapse.

Some of the aspects of withdrawal include:

Feeling as though one’s brain is in a fog
Symptoms of depression

Inability to enjoy activities
Feeling of […]

How Cyberbullying Can Lead to Teen Drug Abuse


Bullying and substance abuse are often connected because emotional issues are at the root of most teen substance abuse. The widespread use of technology, such as cellphones and computers, has created a new type of bullying called “cyberbullying” which can be especially destructive to the self-esteem of the person being bullied.
What is Cyberbullying?
Cyberbullying refers to […]