Woman struggling with addiction like others in the heroin epidemic

Heroin Epidemic

Adolescence is a difficult time, even without a heroin epidemic. Complex changes related to developing and maturing lead to awkward emotions, self-esteem problems, and anxiety. Peer pressure and socializing can create stress, as can balancing academics, personal development, and hobbies. Since the human brain’s decision-making centers are constantly evolving until your late 20s, teenagers are…

Young boy learning about CBT techniques

CBT Techniques for Addiction

Psychotherapists first began using Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) techniques more than 50 years ago. Initially, these techniques were effective in the treatment of diverse mental health conditions such as anxiety, phobias, personality disorders, and schizophrenia. It was only within the last ten years that CBT techniques became a popular treatment tool for the addiction treatment…

Doctor explains to her patient the differences between iop vs php

Differences Between IOP vs PHP

Not every facet of addiction treatment needs to focus on inpatient care. There are plenty of circumstances where the client qualifies for some level of outpatient care. However, the question is, “what level of outpatient care is appropriate.” That’s really a decision for an addiction treatment facility’s clinicians to make. Among the choices would be…

Teen smoking who needs adolescent substance abuse treatment in Los Angeles

Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment in Los Angeles

Today’s youth finds themselves facing a lot of societal issues. With the nation currently dealing with an epidemic of opioid abuse, teenagers are particularly vulnerable to the evils of drug use. Why? They haven’t yet had the time to develop good decision-making skills or the ability to cope with stress and pressure. When they find…

Man holding a pill that is one of the signs of prescription drug abuse

Signs of Prescription Drug Abuse

You can’t open the newspaper or the Internet without seeing stories about prescription medication abuse and addiction. It has, unfortunately, reached epidemic levels. In the middle of the problem, we find teens who are becoming addicted to their anxiety medications or picking up painkillers on the streets. Therefore, one of the only ways a parent…