FDA Declares Kratom an Opioid: Their Position

Convenient stores started carrying questionable beverages a few years ago which raised alarm in treatment centers around the country. Clients who were recovering from opioid addiction started acting like they were on opioids again though their urinalysis tests were negative. Behaviors changed. Personalities changed. Drinks that had the substance “kratom” in them seemed to be…

A Parent’s Guide to a Safe and Sober New Year’s Eve for Their Teens in Recovery

New Year’s Eve is a fantastic celebration for a teen who is in recovery. Every year that a teen completes sober is a celebration of many hours, days, weeks, and months spent in recovery. New Year’s Eve celebrations are exciting and exhilarating in sobriety, but they can be triggering and challenging as well. Renown for…

A decorative sign reminds the young men at stonewater adolescent treatment center that their stories aren't over yet

Creating Realistic Resolutions for the New Year with Your Teen in Recovery

We live in a society of more. When our teen is recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, their concept of more is different from anyone else’s. Addiction is a disease of more. Drugs and alcohol alter brain chemistry in such a way that the brain develops an obsession of craving. As addiction progresses, the brain…

5 Behaviors We Need to Let Go of When Our Teen Comes Home from Treatment

Sending a beloved teen to treatment for drug and alcohol addiction is one of the most difficult, but best decisions we can make for ourselves, our child, and our families. When our teen comes home, there are certain behaviors we have to learn to relinquish in support of their fostering independence and autonomy in recovery.…

4 Ways to Positively Encourage Adolescents in Recovery

You could be right. You could be wrong. Knowing the best thing to do when it comes to parenting a teen in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction doesn’t have to be a challenge. Here are four suggested ways to provide positive encouragement. Don’t inhibit them from taking healthy risks: Risk-taking is a common characteristic…