How Atypical Anorexia Nervosa Can Go Underdiagnosed

When you think of Anorexia Nervosa, you may automatically think super skinny and emaciated as a telltale sign. The truth is that there are teens who are anorexic that do not show the outside physical characteristics and clues towards the manifestation of an eating disorder. A report that has come out of Melbourne from the…

What is All That Phone Interaction Doing to Our Teen’s Brains?

Teenagers love their smartphones. Most parents of modern teenagers know that the majority of the time teens are checking their phones, engaging with apps on their phones, talking to friends on their phones, listening to music on their phones, or frantically searching for their phones because it has been absent too long. Millennials and generations…

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…

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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.…

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 of weakness and weakness is…