Effects of Substance Abuse On Teens

Many teens experiment with drugs and alcohol, which often leads to addiction. There are many harmful effects from a teen’s substance abuse. A teenager’s brain is still growing, and important processes in development are hindered from drug and alcohol use. Teens are vulnerable to peer-pressure, which is a major factor in a teen’s substance abuse.…

5 Easy Steps for Relapse Prevention

Relapse prevention can include many skills and lifestyle changes. When the moment comes and relapse is on the table, teens can follow five easy steps for preventing relapse.   Pause Alcoholism and addiction are diseases of impulsivity among many other things. Teenagers and adolescents who become addicted to drugs and alcohol typically demonstrate impulsive, risk-taking…

Unsuspecting Relapse Triggers Every Parent Needs to Understand

Triggers for relapse aren’t always obvious. Our teen’s intention might seem like they are in the right place with these unsuspecting triggers but they could be leading our teen to relapse.   Getting Back to “Normal” Recovery is the new normal for teens and adolescents who go to treatment for drug and alcohol addiction. Teens…

Helping Your Teen get Through their First “420” in Recovery

The origins of the international ‘marijuana holiday’ are vague, but may have started somewhere in northern california in the 1970s. For the past few decades the use of the term “420” has evolved and become a thematic part of marijuana counter culture. Every year on April 20th, marijuana users around the world gather together to…

Bringing Social and Emotional Learning to School After Treatment

Boys who develop an addiction to drugs and alcohol at an early age suffer in their ability to make healthy social connections or operate from a place of emotional regulation. Drugs and alcohol are chemical substances which affect the brain. All of our daily functions, from our thoughts to our movements, are chemical reactions. Introducing…

Teens Happier When Hanging Outside with Friends, Not on Their Phones

Parents have been complaining about their kids’ smartphone use for quite some time. Before smartphones, it was video games. Before video games, it was computer games. Before computer games, it was television. For decades, technology has been stealing kids’ attention and preventing them from spending time outdoors. Today, technology ‘addicted’ teens would rather sit in…

How to Help Your Recovering Teen Overcome Impostor Syndrome

In our last blog we discussed ‘impostor syndrome’ and why it might come up for your teen who is in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. Impostor syndrome was coined by two psychologists to describe the feeling of being phony or a fraud when it comes to one’s accomplishments. Becoming a successful, healthy, balanced, thriving…