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Why Do Teens Drink?

While addressing issues like teen drinking, it’s important to remember that drinking alcohol is socially acceptable. Drinking has been part of the American culture throughout most of its history. The primary reason there are drinking age restrictions is that lawmakers decided anyone handling the effects of alcohol needed a certain level of maturity. So, why…

a teen thrives from her adolescent-specific rehab program

Benefits of Adolescent-Specific Rehab

If your teen is showing signs of a substance use disorder, admitting they need help might feel impossible. Some parents blame themselves and are afraid to “punish” their child. Some parents have trouble telling the difference between experimentation and chemical dependence. If your child’s life is becoming derailed due to drugs and alcohol, a residential…

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5 Ways Teen Rehab Is Different From Adult Rehab

When teenagers begin using drugs or alcohol, it can be hard on parents and loved ones. It may be difficult to understand why they began using the substance, and parents may feel uncomfortable with the idea of sending them into a rehab program. Families should know that teen rehab is different from adult rehab. Even…

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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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Why do creative therapies for teens work?

By Jesaca Lepper, MFT  – Ventura PHP/IOP Creative therapies are very important and valuable for adolescent treatment therapy. Adolescents often benefit from different treatment modalities that do not only focus on cognitive interventions and strictly “talk therapy.” Adolescent brains are still growing and sometimes experiences can unlock and express deeper feelings. There are many artistic modalities…

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Ventura Beach Clean Up a Huge Success

On Sunday, August 7, Destinations to Recovery partnered with two other local treatment facilities (Engage and Changing Tides Treatment) for our first annual Ventura Beach Clean Up event. Over 100 participants joined together to clean the beach by Ventura’s famed pier. Participants ranged from staff and clients of the treatment centers to locals who wanted to give back…