When Their Bad Behavior Might Be A Result Of Your Bad Behavior

In 2015, the Journal of Youth and Adolescence published a study that examined over 200 parents and their teenage children. Researchers sought to understand where communication gets lost between a parent and a teen leading to a growing amount of aggression on both sides. Teens don’t feel understood. Due to changing hormones and a developing…

Learning From Stranger Things About Your Teen’s Sobriety Date

You are finally coming up on the first year of your teenager or adolescent’s sobriety. Celebrations are in order! Your teen has worked hard to create a new lifestyle for himself that liberates him from the need to abuse drugs and alcohol. Together, you have grown as a family, overcoming tremendous challenges, deepening your faith,…

More Clinically-Backed Tips For Supporting Adolescents Through Addiction Treatment

From treatment plans to 12-step programs, there is a lot for parents to learn when it comes to addiction treatment.   Understand your child’s treatment plan: Treatment for addiction and co-occurring disorders takes many different forms. Your child’s treatment plan will be based on a variety of information including a potential co-occurring disorder. Everything about…

How Is The Opioid Epidemic Affecting The Youth?

When an epidemic of the proportions the opioid epidemic is ravaging the world, the youth have to be taken into consideration. Losing friends, brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, uncles, aunts, schoolteachers, and other critical adults in their lives to opioids takes a toll. Experiencing the opioid epidemic second hand has an effect. Exposure to a drug-affected…

Helping Kids in Recovery Cope with Stress

Stress is felt more widely by children, adolescents, and teens. Treatment and recovery does not guarantee immunity from stress but instead provides a working relationship with tools for managing stress effectively.   Listen Listening is a skill and a practice in communication. Learning to listen without interruption, judgment, or qualifying what a child is saying,…

Medical Withdrawal Management for Adolescent Addiction Can’t Be Controversial

Suboxone, buprenorphine, naltrexone, naloxone, vivitrol. These are the names of popular medications used to help adolescents, as well as adults, safely detox from drugs and alcohol. Using medications for withdrawal management is controversial. Many of these drugs contain trace elements of opioids in them, which is what makes them effective. Medications for withdrawal management help…

The Consequence of Choosing an Adolescent Treatment Center Without Academic Focus

Addiction in adolescence takes a toll on the student’s academics. Acting out in school, skipping class, not doing homework, constant suspensions and expulsions– parents run out of answers as to how to get their child to participate in his or her education. Underneath the surface of these problem behaviors are acute psychological processes which are…

What Cross-Sensitization Is and How It Will Affect Your Adolescent’s Recovery

There is a reason that building a new life of recovery is so heavily emphasized in residential treatment programs for adolescents. Many parents are confused by the long list of activities, treatment methods and fun that their addicted adolescents and teens are set up to participate in when they go away to treatment. Addiction is…

After Treatment for Hard Drugs, Is It Okay for my Teen to Use Alcohol and Smoke Pot in College?

Some parents have witnessed the horror of their young adolescent or teen addicted to hard drugs like pills, opiates, cocaine, and more. These life threatening drugs took over their child’s life and drove them down a dark path. Addiction to hard drugs is a daily threat with potentially fatal consequences. Other parents have seen their…