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Teen Alcohol and Drug Use

A potent mix of hormonal changes, growing independence, and still-developing brain structures make the teenage years particularly difficult. These difficulties lead to teen alcohol and drug use. Many adults look back on their teen years as a particularly challenging rite of passage, and today’s teens face even more pressures than their parents’ generation. With the…

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Benefits of Adolescent-Specific Rehab

Once a family has identified that a teen is struggling with substance abuse, the next step is to help this teen by enrolling him or her in adolescent-specific rehab. Attending an adolescent-specific rehab facility can offer many benefits to teenagers who are struggling with substance abuse. Adolescent-specific inpatient treatment programs offer a controlled, structured environment…

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The Positive Effects of Exercise on Your Mental Health

By George Livengood – Program Director, Canon House Do you remember moping around the house as a kid and mom saying, “Go outside and play!”? Mom was onto something.  There are numerous studies that indicate exercise is helpful in reducing depression.  There is no one identifiable reason as to why it works. So let’s look…

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6 Facts that Show Why Substance Abuse is Bad for the Teenage Brain

Although the basic organization of the brain occurs when a baby is in the womb, the brain continues to refine its connections throughout childhood and adolescence. Some experiences, such as learning a new language or playing a musical instrument, strengthen key connections in the brain. Other choices, such as using drugs or alcohol, are harmful…