teen girl considering xanax abuse

Is My Teen Abusing Xanax?

Xanax is a prescription medication used to treat anxiety disorders. Also known as benzodiazepine, it is dangerous and very addictive because it creates an intense feeling of euphoria. A recent survey found that one in five users of benzodiazepine is misusing the drug. What makes it worse? It is available to teens, who often use…

teen using music therapy for recovery

How Music Therapy Can Promote Recovery

It’s often said that music is food for the soul. Music has the power to reduce stress, calm a person’s nerves and even spur creativity. And music is one of the easiest ways for people to connect–regardless of culture. That’s why music therapy for recovery is so powerful–it is cathartic and healing for teens on…

teen experiencing benefits of telehealth PHP

Benefits of a Telehealth PHP/IOP for Teens

A partial hospitalization program (PHP) is for young adults living at home that need support to maintain balance due to mental health, behavioral issues, or substance use disorder. But since the COVID-19 pandemic, it has not always been possible for teens to receive PHP services. In response, Destinations for Teens has designed a telehealth PHP…

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LGBTQIA+ Support Services for Teens in CA

The teenage years are an important time in a young adult’s development. They are growing in their understanding of the world. And, they are also learning about the importance of their identity. For some teens, it can be as simple as identifying themselves by what they enjoy. Yet, for others, it will mean exerting the…

teen outside dealing with seasonal depression triggers

What Triggers Seasonal Depression for Teens?

Dreary weather and dark days can sometimes make winter less than joyous. And while some people can shake off the sadness of cold weather, it presents a huge challenge for others. Seasonal depression, also known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD), impacts five percent of Americans. While there is no data available on how many teens…

a teen has a sober holiday celebration

3 Tips for Having a Sober Holiday Celebration

The holiday season can present an array of challenges to teens who are working diligently to remain sober. Holidays are usually associated with the joy of bringing friends and family together, but for teens on a mission to remain sober, it can also present some challenges. Destinations for Teens provides a comprehensive teen alcohol rehab…

a teen overcomes holiday depression

How to Deal with Holiday Depression

The holiday season can be a happy time for so many people. There are dinners, endless get-togethers, gift swapping, and finally, the toast to a new year. But for many teens, the holidays can also be stressful, anxiety-inducing, and in some cases, depressing. Teen depression is common during the holiday season–there are pressures associated with…

a teen wonders what are mood disorders and if she has one

What Are Mood Disorders and Does My Teen Have One?

The teen years are often marked by an assortment of mood-related changes. With every action they take, they are preparing for the next phase of their lives: adulthood. From changing bodies, developing their own beliefs, and even setting goals for the future, adolescence can be an exciting and anxiety-ridden time for teens. What happens when…

a girl deals with teen self-injury

How to Intervene in Teen Self-Injury

Understanding self-injurious behavior involves accepting that it may exist outside your realm of understanding. Self-injurious behavior may seem mysterious for someone who feels no relief when experiencing pain. While this behavior is harmful, it is more common among teens than many people imagine. Teen self-injury is a common way that adolescents show their emotional distress.…