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Addiction Help for Cheerleaders – Parents Might Need to Wake Up

If you are the parents of a cheerleader you might want to examine whether your daughter or son needs addiction help.

“In 2005 NCAA colleges noted that one quarter of their insurance claims involved cheerleaders injured in sporting events,” according to a recent review of  Lisa Torgovnick’s book, ‘CHEER! THREE TEAMS’ QUEST FOR COLLEGE CHEERLEADING’S ULTIMATE PRIZE’ in “The tumbles, stunts and pyramids demand strength, agility, pure athleticism and a willingness to endure pain”.

That sounds like a formula for painkiller abuse – OxyContin, Percocet and Vicodin are the most likely. If you are the parent of a cheerleader, make sure your child isn’t so injured they end up on prescription painkillers for a whole season. If they do, getting off the drugs will be difficult if not impossible, and it’s likely the kids will need addiction help.

If your kids are flyers and need to maintain a low weight they are also likely to be using prescription stimulants such as Ritalin or Adderall. And, possibly, cocaine. You may also want to make sure they aren’t using methamphetamines – often used as a weight loss solution for high school and college-aged kids.

If you are a parent, don’t kid yourself that these drugs are safe because they come with a prescription.

The pressure to succeed in sports or in school puts pressure on students to use solutions such as prescription stimulants and prescription painkillers. Don’t assume your kids aren’t using drugs to perform, lots of athletes do. Avoid the need for addiction help services, and check it out.

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