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Teen Social Media Use

With millions of people going online to use social media on a daily basis, you may be concerned about teen social media use. This is especially true if you have a teen in the home. Is there a need to be concerned, and if so, what can you do about it? Teen Social Media Use…

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What Are The Dangers Of Binge Drinking?

Alcohol consumption is high for the top 10 percent of Americans, according to a Washington Post article. These individuals consume approximately “74 alcoholic drinks per week.” This astounding number means that these individuals drink about 10 a day. However, some people may binge drink this amount in a few days instead of spreading it out…

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Things You Can Do to Support Yourself and Your Family During COVID-19

Sandra Shahrokh and Cynthia Della Ripa, LMFT The past few weeks have placed an intense amount of stress, fear, and anxiety on families and communities around the world regarding the latest developments of COVID-19. Here are some tips in navigating through the challenges that come with this pandemic. Practice Mindfulness Two years ago, Destinations for…

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How Teen Depression Escalates to Drug Abuse

The teen years are an emotional roller coaster. It’s complicated by hormonal changes and the transition between childhood and adulthood. Though most emerge from the teen years without complication, nearly 6% of adolescents experience depression. Unfortunately, many of these teens go undiagnosed, never receiving the treatment they need for depression. Left untreated by health professionals,…

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Talking To Your Teen About Alcohol

Alcohol use in the United States is a serious problem. With millions of people every year struggling with alcohol use disorder, it’s critical that parents take the necessary steps to address this with their teens. Even though talking to your teen about alcohol may not be something you planned on doing, it could help them…

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Talking To Your Teen About Drugs

Do you suspect your teen is using drugs and needs to enroll in an adolescent treatment center? You should be talking to your teen about drugs whether you suspect they are using or not. Talking to your teen about drugs is certainly difficult, but it is necessary in order to prevent detrimental consequences. The number…

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How Teen Rehab Incorporates Education into Treatment Plans

Discovering that your teenage child has a problem with drugs or alcohol is devastating. As a parent, you want your son or daughter to be healthy, happy, and safe. But substance abuse threatens all three. Although no single treatment program is right for each individual, says the National Institute on Drug Abuse, your teen can…

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Teen Smartphone Use

With the proliferation of smartphone use in the United States, it’s no wonder that people are concerned about the dangers that lurk there. From smartphone addiction to online bullying, people are taking steps to protect themselves from the problems revolving around smartphones. Although the smartphone is an extremely helpful tool for most people, it can…

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What is Process Addiction?

Drugs and alcohol can cause both physical and psychological addictions, which both require treatment to recover from fully. Beyond psychoactive substances, certain behaviors, like shopping or video games, can cause process addiction to develop. But what is a process addiction, and how is it treated? Addiction is a powerful progressive disease that doesn’t discriminate. While…

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School and Stress

Teens are also more prone to making risky and dangerous decisions because many parts of the brain, including the decision-making centers, take nearly 30 years to fully develop. When you mix a still-developing brain with school and stress, drug and alcohol use can quickly follow. Adolescence is an especially trying time. Peer pressure, puberty, stress,…