Serenity Promotes Addiction Help for Victims of Bullying During National Bullying Prevention Month

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We as a community can work together to end bullying as well as treat those that turn to substance use disorder.

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The complex relationship between bullying and addiction has only recently been documented, and important research continues to emerge.

Each October, for 10 years now, communities have joined together to campaign to put an end to bullying. What began in 2006 as a week-long education and advocacy event, sponsored by PACER, has grown into a month of school and community activities created to increase awareness, improve prevention, and put an end to bullying in the United States.

Since their inception in 1977, PACER (Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights) Center has embodied their mission statement, “champions for children with disabilities.” PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center advocates for the end of all bullying, including that which targets children with disabilities. This year’s theme is “A decade together against bullying—and united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.” In addition to the resources available through PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, the state-sponsored stopbullying.gov has resources for families and communities.

The complex relationship between bullying and addiction has only recently been documented, and important research continues to emerge. To date, bullying has been linked to increased likelihood of suicide, depression, anxiety and substance use, among other conditions (as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Young people who engage in bullying behavior, as well as the students receiving such bullying, may experience mental health consequences at the time or in later life. Those who are both bully and victim have greater risk of mental health and behavior problems than students who are only bully or bullied.

Unfortunately, in some cases, bullying leads to addiction.

At Serenity Recovery Center, we understand the multi-faceted components of addiction, and the need for an individualized treatment program that addresses them. From the emotional consequences of bullying, such as co-occurring disorders (or dual disorders like depression and anxiety), to fear, isolation and academic consequences, working with adolescent specialists can lead to recovery. Serenity advocates for effective treatment of addiction for both bully and bullied.

As a community, we can advocate for stronger bullying legislation, intervention education and treatment. Laws and school policy that prevent bullying serve the community. Peer or adult intervention in instances of bullying can have miraculous results. Effective behavioral or substance use treatment can save lives. Together, we can put an end to bullying in our community.

To learn more or to get help for yourself or a loved one, call 1-855-218-3775 or visit the Serenity Recovery website: http://www.serenityrehab.org

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