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Teen Education in Addiction Recovery

There’s no reason to ignore the situation when your teen has a substance use or mental health disorder. However, as a parent or guardian, you may be wondering: will they be able to keep up with their education while in addiction recovery? The short answer: yes, your teen will be able to keep up with…

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The Art of Life: Painting a New Beginning

Recent data reveals that teen drug use has jumped an estimated 61 percent between 2010 and 2020. While some teens are experimenting, substance use cannot be ignored–teens need an outlet to deal with their emotions. Creative expression has the power to help young adults overcome substance use and mental health disorders. In particular, art therapy…

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Photography Therapy Is Now Proven by Science : Get in the Know

When we think of photography, we often think of it as a way to document our memories and milestones. It can also assist an individual with healing and rehabilitation. Researchers have found that taking and sharing just one photo per day can potentially help everyone—no matter their mental health state. In particular, photography therapy is…

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Teen Cocaine Abuse: Everything You Need to Know

Cocaine is a popular stimulant drug. Teens often discover the drug at parties and other social events. Others use cocaine to increase productivity. However, continued cocaine use—whether at a party or to work longer—will lead to a substance use disorder.  The danger in experimentation is that it often leads to substance use disorder. A cocaine…

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Stay Informed About the Drugs Teens Use

Teen years are filled with exploration. It’s a time to learn about their identity, consider their beliefs, and begin planning for adulthood. And sometimes, teens decide to take chances and push the boundaries in their lives. However, when pushing boundaries means your teen is abusing drugs, it is time to take action. It is essential…

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Dangers of Lean: Teen Codeine Use Explained

Have you ever heard your teen discussing ‘Purple Drink’ or ‘Lean’? Chances are, they were talking about a dangerous concoction that combines cough syrup with other ingredients. Known as “Lean,” this drink has gained popularity due to rap and pop stars such as Lil Wayne and Justin Beiber. While Lil Wayne and Beiber may have…

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Teens and Vaping: What You Need to Know About Nicotine Addiction

Although teens in the United States are prohibited by law to purchase cigarettes until they are 18 years old, teens who vape may be using E-cigarettes that do not require nicotine. These teens hope that vaping will help them quit smoking or prevent them from starting. Vaping is becoming more popular with teens. Fortunately, through…

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Why Some Teens Become Addicted While Others Don’t

The medical and mental health communities view addiction in teens as a chronic and relapsing disease of the brain that causes compulsive drug-seeking behaviors and the use of drugs or alcohol despite negative consequences. Initially, the decision to take drugs or alcohol is voluntary, but according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, or NIDA,…