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4 False Statements Parents Tell Themselves About Adolescent Substance Use

Substance use is a cunning, baffling, powerful, and insidious disease. Too often, the sentiments of adolescence can skew a parent’s perception of developing a chemical dependency. Unfortunately, substance use is a rising problem in teens and adolescents. If you or a loved one is telling yourselves false statements about adolescent…

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Children With Specific Character Traits at Higher Risk for Substance Use

Is your child particularly anxious? Are they particularly gloomy or impulsive? Do you often find them sensation seeking? If so, these characteristics could be cause for concern. According to recent research, these four character traits could indicate a future problem with substance use. Fortunately, there is help available. At Stonewater…

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5 Suggestions for Parenting a Teenager When Substance Use Is at Risk

Parents are either the first to know or the last to know that their children have developed a substance abuse problem. Substance use in adolescents can develop quickly and take a strong hold. As parents, you have the opportunity to keep your child engaged in honesty and faith-based qualities emphasized…

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Does Faith Make a Difference in Adolescent Substance Use Treatment? The Answer Is Yes!

If your teen is struggling with substance use, seeking treatment is essential. However, you may wonder if you should seek secular treatment or faith-based substance use treatment. Today’s recent research states that faith in adolescent substance use treatment can be extremely helpful for long-term recovery. If you need faith-based adolescent…

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Dependent Personality Disorder and Substance Use in Children

Early signals of attachment styles in children can indicate if they will grow to be dependent or independent adolescents. Dependency in early adolescent stages can prove to be a detriment when peers begin experimenting with drugs and alcohol. If you’re seeing signs of a dependent personality disorder and substance use…

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Body Dysmorphia in Adolescents Can Be More Than the Pains of Peer Pressure

Body dysmorphia in adolescents is an issue that many people choose not to talk about. However, your teen may struggle with this problem, and be unwilling to tell you. To learn more about why it is so important to talk to your child about this struggle, contact Stonewater Adolescent Recovery…

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Adult Drug Abuse Indicated By Adolescent Substance Abuse, Memory, and Impulsivity

Recent research has indicated that when adolescent substance use goes unchecked, it can indicate adult drug use and abuse. As such, it is essential to seek out the best possible adolescent substance use treatment center. At Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center, we’re proud to offer exceptional substance use treatment for adolescent…

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Adolescent Angst Or Diagnosable Mental Health Disorder?

What makes the difference between adolescent angst and a diagnosable mental health disorder? There are a range of signs that you must look out for. At Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center, we’re committed to helping adolescent and teen boys overcome mental health issues and substance use problems. To learn more, contact…

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Music Therapy Is Clinically Sound for Lessening Noise

When it comes to substance use treatment, there are a range of methods treatment specialists may use. Some of these are evidence-based, which means that experts in substance use treatment have studied them extensively. Others are holistic. These treatments are useful in substance use treatment for the entire person: mind,…

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Adolescent Smartphone Use Disorder

Today, smartphones are ubiquitous around the country. More and more, teens are using smartphones to communicate with their friends, complete homework, and do other daily tasks. Unfortunately, adolescent smartphone use disorder is also becoming more and more common around the country. As such, if you see your teen struggling with…

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Anxiety Treatment, Stress, & Depression During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Are you worried about your anxiety treatment or your ability to maintain your mental health in the face of the Coronavirus madness? The fact that you’re thinking about the connection between these stressful times and your history with anxiety is a good thing. It shows you’re aware of what stress…

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The Real Effect Cyberbullying Has on Your Teen

Victims of cyberbullying have a tough time dealing with the impact the abuse has on them. Bullying in any capacity will lower self-esteem and create unnecessary fear to cause significant psychological and emotional distress, but cyberbullying can cause even more chaos. Anxiety, depression, struggling academics, and physical ailments also become…

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Are Adolescents More Aggressive Due to Excessive On-Screen Violence?

With screen time becoming more prevalent for adolescents with each passing day, there is more research that is being conducted in regard to how on-screen violence invokes them. Finding out the effects that teens and younger kids are experiencing is important because the aggressive nature that follows many of them…

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Will the FDA Ruling on E-Cigarette Flavors Even Make a Difference?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) made a ruling recently on the way that e-cigarette flavors will be sold going forward. In the past, underage vapors could pretty much get their hands-on flavored e-juice as easy as getting regular candy which the manufacturers of e-cigarettes, including JUUL, marketed as such.…

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Video Games and Addiction: Should Parents Worry About Fortnite?

Sixty-three percent of all households have one gamer living under their roof, according to the 2017 Essential Facts about the Computer and Gaming Industry report released by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA). Computer and video games are a popular way for people of many ages to spend their time. There…

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What are the Most Common Roadblocks that Teens Face in their Recovery?

Getting sober during adolescence can be a difficult experience for teens to endure. Addiction brings on a battle that is hard to overcome and that battle continues into their recovery. There are many situations in recovery that could cause your teen some undue adversity. Roadblocks will occur from time to…

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Reasons Diet Can Make a Difference in Your Teen’s Recovery

Drugs and alcohol can cause bodily harm to teens in a variety of different ways including through their diet. Substance abuse can take away your teen’s appetite to eat creating malnutrition or causing them to have the munchies and eat everything in sight while they are under the influence. Whatever…

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Why Is Meditation Beneficial for Adolescents?

There could be dissention in thinking that meditation for adolescents is a good idea. Whether the perception that meditation embodies religious beliefs or is a wacky practice for tree huggers, meditation is beneficial for people of all ages including adolescents. The truth is that meditation is whatever your adolescent makes…

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Do Alcohol-Related Social Media Posts Provoke an Increase with Underage Drinking in Adolescents?

The Journal, Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, devised a study based off the reactions underage drinkers had to the exposure of ads, photos, videos, and posts that promoted alcohol. Social media gives teens the ability to view other teens at parties drinking alcohol, read advertisements for alcohol that are meant…

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How Does a Teen Detox Differ from Adult Detoxification?

Drugs and alcohol have damaging effects on the person who abuses them and becomes dependent on them. Once the body does not sense the effects of drugs or alcohol any longer, withdrawal can set in making the person extremely uncomfortable. Withdrawals can be deadly with alcohol and excruciatingly painful with…

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Children of Parents With an Alcohol Addiction

Children of parents with alcoholism are at risk of experiencing mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, behavioral problems, and drug or alcohol abuse. Children of parents with an addiction to alcohol can feel uncertain, unstable, neglected, disorganized, and lonely. Bottom line: growing up in an alcoholic home is growing…

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Treating Insomnia in Early Recovery can Prevent Relapse

Sound sleep is not common for those in the early stages of recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. Sleep is constantly disrupted by ongoing symptoms of withdrawal, nightmares, using dreams, uncomfortable bodies, and busy minds. Those in treatment are often prescribed sleep medications which can cause drowsiness or other sleep…

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Disruptive Behavior Disorders: a FAQ

Oppositional defiant disorder and conduct disorder are the two kinds of disruptive behavior disorder. Between 2%-16% of youth struggles with oppositional defiant disorder and anywhere from 6% to 9% of youth lives with conduct disorder, especially young boys. Disruptive behavioral disorders can have severe negative consequences in a young person’s…

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Is There a Connection between Marijuana use and Bipolar Disorder in Teens?

Research on the effects of marijuana on the teenage brain has revealed enlightening information in recent years. For example, teenage marijuana use inhibits progress in the prefrontal cortex area of the brain. Some newer research suggested that marijuana use among teenagers could be a catalyst for psychotic episodes. Marijuana use…

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Does Spirituality Affect a Teen’s Mental Health?

Published in Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, an Oregon State University study examined the effect of both religion and spirituality on a teen and a teen’s mental health. Both religion and spirituality play a different role in helping teens regulate themselves. Religion seemed to help teens regulate their behaviors while…

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Spiritual Lessons Teens can Gain from Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Group in Treatment

Dialectical behavioral therapy was created as an alternative therapeutic approach to cognitive behavioral therapy. As CBT was gaining renown and praise for its efficacy in treatment, a small population of individuals were not finding any support from it. Individuals with mental illnesses which include extreme mood swings or intensified experiences…

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Will Cognitive Behavioral Therapy be Effective for my Anxious Teen?

Cognitive behavioral therapy is considered the gold standard of therapeutic practices for recovery from addictions and mental health issues. Many teens and adolescents who are seeking treatment for addiction are experiencing secondary, co-occurring mental health disorders like an anxiety disorder. Numerous research studies are emphasizing that teens’ chronic interaction with…

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Do Only ‘Bad Kids’ get Addicted to Drugs and Alcohol?

The opioid epidemic which has spread among teens and adolescents has proven one thing to be certain: addiction belongs to nobody. Addiction is a disease which does not discriminate. Race, color, heritage, academic achievements, sports, social standing, socioeconomic bracket, and neighborhood don’t make a difference when it comes to addiction.…

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Preventing Against the First Drink can Come Before Recovery from Alcoholism

“We are without a defense against the first drink,” wrote the authors of Alcoholics Anonymous in describing the ‘insanity’ alcoholics face when they seem to forget how devastating drinking quickly becomes after taking just one drink. “The fact is that most alcoholics, for reasons yet obscure, have lost the power…

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Children and Teens are Overdosing on Opioids in Record Number

A study published in the journal Pediatrics found that the number of children and teens in the United States experiencing opioid overdose and opioid ‘poisoning’ is rising, according to Associated Press. Thirty-one children’s hospitals were used for data collection to conduct the survey. Some of the findings are included below:…

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You Have a Family Emergency Plan. What About a Family Emotional Emergency Plan?

Children have temper tantrums. Children get frustrated. Teens can be moody, irritable, restless, and discontent. When a beloved child in the family has struggled with addiction and is working through recovery, emotional emergencies can be even more of a challenge. Parents aren’t always in tune with their own emotions. Without…

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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…

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IRL: An Anti-Social Media, Social Media App for Teens

What if there was a social media app that encourages kids to connect somewhere offline? What if an app intentionally told its users to go do something engaging which didn’t include continuing to stare at a screen? What if social media didn’t include advertisements, manipulative marketing, addictive design, and purposeless…

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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’…

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What You Need to Know About Impostor Syndrome When Your Teen is in Recovery From Addiction

Addiction does not discriminate. Alcoholism does not discriminate. There are no deciding factors which organize between who will become addicted to drugs and alcohol and who will not. Likewise, there seems to be little law of the land when it comes to recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. How is…

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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”…

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What are Energy Drinks Doing to my Kid?

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) released a warning letter against energy drink consumption in children and teens through a published statement in the journal Current Sports Medicine Reports. Children and teenagers are still relatively small in body size and their metabolism is especially high, which makes consuming energy…

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What about Parents Addicted to Their Phones?

Many articles and topics of research focus on the effect that technology addiction has on children. Likewise, there is a vast amount of information on how technology affects teenagers, young adults, grown ups, and romantic relationships. The Macquarie Dictionary coined the term “phubbing” to describe a growing phenomenon in romantic…

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Teen Marijuana Use Leads to Emotional Bipolarity Later in Life

Marijuana can inhibit the development of the prefrontal cortex in teenagers who abuse the drug. The adolescent mind is still developing until the early to mid 20s, researchers have concluded. Marijuana, a mind-altering drug, can impair the existing prefrontal cortex while halting its development. Brain changes associated with marijuana use…

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Why you Should Never Tell a Teen in Recovery, “Don’t cry, Be strong”

Vulnerability is hard for most people. Being emotionally raw and open is challenging for most people. Most people go through their lives at a hindered level of emotional intimacy with themselves and with others. Part of the reason is that people are under the impression emotional vulnerability is a form…

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Children Aren’t Too Young To Learn How To Combat Negative Thoughts And Control Their Impulses

Confronting a child on something they have said is always an interesting encounter as a parent. Parents sometimes resort to a trope like “Because I said so” to exact their authority when it comes to common and not so common knowledge. Children, on the other hand, are in a great…

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Your Teenager Isn’t The Only One With An Addiction

By dictionary definition, according to dictionary.com, addiction is “the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming…to such an extent that its cessation causes severe trauma.” The website actually lists ‘narcotics’ as an example. This definition could be applied to…

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What Is ‘Self-Trolling’, The New Trend Of Self-Harm Among Adolescents?

A new online trend is spreading among adolescents in America, raising concern among psychological professionals and parents alike. The Journal of Adolescent Health released a study that found six percent of teens have participated in this behavior called ‘self-trolling’ or ‘self-bullying’ and professionals are considering it a form of self-harm.…

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Adolescents with Bipolar Disorder have a Greater Risk of Substance Abuse in Young Adulthood

Bipolar symptoms can develop in adolescence, follow into teenagehood, and persist into young adulthood, until it becomes the manifestation of adulthood. Science Daily reports that previous studies found a link between adolescent bipolar and the development of substance abuse issues has been revisited and made a new discovery. Researchers have…

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3 Tips for Helping Your Adolescent Through Anxiety

Anxiety is one of the most prevalent problems in adolescents and teenagers in America today. Even after attending a treatment program like the ones offered at Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center, your child might still struggle to cope with anxiety. What can a parent do? Encourage Action Over Avoidance: As parents,…

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“Boys Will Be Boys” Doesn’t Mean Anything

“…’Boys will be boys’ is a logical tautology: It is always true,” writes The Good Men Project contributor Paul Harzer. “This is true semantically, but we don’t function solely in the realm of semantics. Semantics involves the precise definition of what words mean, while pragmatics refers to what people intend…

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Examining The Effect Of Alcohol On The Adolescent Brain

Over 1,400 adolescents between the ages of 14 and 18 were studied for a massive research effort on the part of the Brain Foundation of the Netherlands, conducted by Leiden University and other academic participants. A longitudinal study, which is too rare when it comes to studying the effects of…

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Kids With ADHD Need To Move To Learn

Bouncing knees. Squirming in their seat. Tapping their toes. Tapping their fingers. Tapping their pencil. Looking one direction then abruptly looking another direction with an audible sigh. Fidgeting. Asking to get up. Losing focus in class. Getting reprimanded for not listening. Getting disciplined for not doing something the right way.…

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The Real Effect Of Your Teenager Being On Their Phone All The Time

Over half of parents in a report produced by Common Sense Media in 2017 believe that their teens are “addicted” to their digital devices, especially their mobile ones. Typically, teenagers aren’t quick to agree with their parents, especially when it comes to something their brain prefers. The teenage brain is…

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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…

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Adventure Therapy Is Right Outside Your Door

Kids today are consumed by their digital devices. Parents joke about the “good old days” when there wasn’t a television, there weren’t video games, and as a child, there certainly wasn’t a phone in their pocket. Recent controversies overseas revealed that video game companies designing games for kids were intentionally…

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Could You Spot Depression In Your Young Child?

Depression can be caused by a number of life experiences and circumstances. For young children, there usually have not been enough significant life events to cause depression, though it can happen. In younger children and adolescents, the occurrence of depression is usually the result of a genetic predisposition for depression…

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Does Childhood ADHD Lead To Adulthood ADHD?

Maybe they’ll grow out of it, we often tell ourselves. Maybe it’s just a ‘phase’. Such is the tragic state of discount teenagers and adolescents regularly have to face. Depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, addiction, and alcoholism are frequently overlooked by grownups. Passed off and turned over as “kids being kids”…

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Best Coping Skills For Kids, According To Science

Vanderbilt University conducted a meta-analysis of more than 80,000 young people and the over 200 different coping as well as emotional regulation skills they use. As research pours in that teenagers are more anxious, more depressed, and more likely to attempt suicide than before, empowering kids with adequate coping skills…

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Scientifically Proven Benefits of Biofeedback Therapy

Biofeedback therapy is an emerging therapy process in the treatment of drug and alcohol addiction as well as mental health. Though the technology has existed for quite some time, its efficacy in treating addiction and mental health is becoming a more popular conversation among professionals. Combining cutting edge technologies like…

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