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Why Do Adolescent Males Demonstrate Impulsive Behavior?

We’ve all done impulsive things in our lives. For some, it’s adding a dozen extra items to the grocery store’s check-out line. For others, it’s hopping in a car and taking a last-minute trip to the beach. Unfortunately, teens are especially at risk for impulsive actions because their brains are still developing. Adolescent males are…

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How Does Mindfulness Change the Brain for Addicted Adolescents?

Today, the reasons for anxiety are everywhere. Between an unexpected virus closing many states and countries across the world and stress from school and work, your teen is under an extreme amount of pressure. To deal with this mental health condition, many teens turn to substances, such as drugs or alcohol, which can lead to…

Are Adolescents Really Abusing Drugs and Alcohol?

Walk into a room of a twelve step program meeting like Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous and you will likely hear at least one person recount how they started “drinking and drugging” before middle school. Everyone grows up differently. Everyone starts engaging in adult activities at different times. Before their brains or their hormones even…

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 still developing in the frontal…

Do 12-Step Programs Help Kids In Treatment For Addiction?

Meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous and associated twelve step program fellowships are primarily for adults. Attend a designated “young people’s” meeting and you’ll find middle to late aged teenagers, those in their early twenties, and still find a littering of grown up adults. Family members of adolescents and teens who are struggling with drug and alcohol…

Early Adolescent Depression Has Link To Late Teen Marijuana Use Disorder

Marijuana has declaratively had the title of “gateway drug” taken away from it as science has revealed that alcohol is more inspiring to alternative forms of substance abuse. However, that doesn’t change the large quantities of adolescents and teens recreationally experimenting with or abusing marijuana. Marijuana is popular among youth populations because it is considered…

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…