Book Review & Giveaway: The 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
ISBN: 978-1-09832-728-1
Available in Print and ebook,  107 pages

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.


Guest Review by Sage

When you discover that your child is struggling with a substance abuse disorder, it can be difficult to decide what to do next. This book, ‘The Addicted Child: A Parent’s Guide to Adolescent Substance Abuse’ by Richard Capriola, is an excellent resource for answers to that question. Capriola is a mental health and addictions counselor who has dealt with many cases of teenagers facing substance abuse in his professional line of work.

Although this is a guide to getting help, there are lost of chapters on the ins and outs of different drugs and substances that your child may be addicted to. Things like that many of us don’t consider that serious like marijuana use or vaping can have long-lasting negative affects on not only physical, but also mental health if started at a young age.

In the book, Capriola states that drugs like amphetamines, cocaine and morphine produce a surge of dopamine in the brain that delivers a pleasurable feeling. This overrides the prefrontal cortex, or the part of our brain that assesses risky or dangerous behavior. However, the prefrontal cortex is not fully developed until the age of 25, so drug use in children has a tendency to be even more dangerous than drug use for people of older ages.

The chapters of this book are filled with helpful graphs and checklists for things to assess whether or not your child is at risk for developing an addiction and, if they have already developed one, the best way to help them is to seek treatment.
This book is quick and an easy read for parents who may not have time to sit down and read a full textbook on the subject. All of the pertinent details are there and anything unneeded is left out. This is a great resource and concise. Five stars!

About the Author

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.


Praise for the Addicted Child

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


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3 thoughts on “Book Review & Giveaway: The Addicted Child by Richard Capriola

  1. teddyrose1 March 8, 2021 / 1:21 pm

    Thanks so much for hosting!

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