1. Is Alcohol a Drug? And, How to Spot Drug Abuse in Teens

    Teenagers are often peer pressured into drinking alcohol; or they find it a right of passage. You see it in the movies, on TV, and you likely experienced a bit of peer pressure to drink when you were young, too. For some, drinking an alcoholic beverage is nothing more than an acceptable form of ente…Read More

  2. What Does It Mean When Your Teen Goes Through Withdrawal?

    When your teen is dependent on drugs or alcohol, withdrawal can haunt them when the substance is taken away or cut down in dose. Anyone with a dependence on drugs or alcohol can experience symptoms of withdrawal when they’re looking to get clean. It’s simply part of the process—but what is it …Read More

  3. 4 Signs of Cocaine Abuse in Teens

    Teenagers are expected to experiment with bending the rules, especially in the later years. As teens begin to feel like “adults”, they crave freedom—but, sometimes, too much freedom can lead to bad choices and life-altering consequences.   Drug use, for instance, can become addictive and …Read More

  4. What Is Considered Normal Teenage Behavior?

    You made it through the newborn years. You survived the “terrible twos”. Now you’ve entered the teenage years and just don’t know what to do. Teenagers are completely different than children—and sometimes it feels like you don't even know your own kids anymore. So, how do you determine wha…Read More

  5. How to Get Your Resistant Teen To Engage in Treatment

    Have you already tried talking to your teenager about their substance abuse disorder? Were you met with distance, resistance, or outright defiance? Is your teen reluctant to identify their drug or alcohol use as an actual problem? We’re here to help. How to Get Your Teen to Consider Substance Abus…Read More

  6. 6 Side Effects of Marijuana Abuse in Teens

    Among teenagers, marijuana is the single most commonly used illicit drug in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “38% of high school students report having used marijuana in their life”. Some may tell you this is fine—but is it actually normal a…Read More

  7. How to Help Your Teen Stop Drinking Alcohol

    “Mom, everyone is doing it,” your teen says, enthusiastically. However, teenagers who are exposed to alcohol at a young age are often unaware of the risks involved.   Binge drinking (aka having 5+ drinks in one sitting) can affect teenagers and college students in a multitude of ways. For i…Read More

  8. How to Recognize Loneliness in Teenagers

    In a world where we are ultra-connected and over-stimulated, it appears that teenagers are lonelier now than ever before. Teenagers who suffer from loneliness experience emotional pain, which can have serious consequences for mental and physical health. Here, we’ll discuss four ways you can recogn…Read More

  9. How Technology and Sleep Deprivation Can Affect Teens

    Teens are glued to their cell phones. That’s not breaking news. However, did you know that when teens get into bed at night, they often spend hours scrolling through their Instagram feeds and messaging their friends on Snapchat? While it’s bad for teens for the obvious reasons— leading to lack…Read More