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Growing Up With an Addict
Questions and answers from an expert
author image A family therapist describes how kids can cope with a parent's addiction and seek help.

When a parent or other loved one suffers from a drug or alcohol addiction, it has an effect on the entire family, especially the kids. We talked to Dr. Kim Sumner-Mayer, a licensed family therapist... [more]

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He's Way Too Needy - She Makes Me Better - My Dad's a Crack Addict And I Love Him - PLUS - What's Hot: Summer Books - Tupac and Me - My Body's Just Fine
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My First Boyfriend Julia starts dating her friend Peter, but quickly feels smothered by him and misses the freedom of being single.
I’m Not You, Mom When her mother starts working late, Isela must babysit her brothers, cook, clean, and maintain her good grades. She becomes overwhelmed, but her mom is not sympathetic. [more]
Pretty Beautiful After the writer realizes she looks nothing like the sexualized, skinny actresses who play teens on TV, she begins to explore her own definition of beauty. [more]
Even Loners Need Friends Wensley never had a lot of friends even before he moved here from his home country of Haiti. But now, his accent and his shyness make it more difficult to connect. [more]
It's Never Too Late After years of rejection from her father, Tameara finally learns that the reason he is so absent is because he is a crack addict. [more]
Would My Mom Still Love Me If I Were a Lesbian? Even though Damia’s mom doesn’t mind if other people are gay, she would be disappointed if any of her children were. [more]
What Helped Me When I Was Homeless Three teens who have been homeless share their stories and offer advice to those who may find themselves in unstable living arrangements. [more]
Book Review: <em>Redeemed</em> Levaunna sees herself reflected in the characters portrayed in the final book of the popular “House of Night” series. [more]
The American Dream Feels More Like a Nightmare After the writer moves from Korea to the U.S., his once fun-loving dad struggles to adjust to his new life here, and becomes perpetually angry and demanding. [more]
Nowhere to Go At 16, Vanessa moves here from Mexico to escape persecution for being gay. She describes her journey from homelessness to foster care, and finally to stability and independence. [more]
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