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

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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

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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

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How Should I Compliment my Kid about his Recovery?

What are we supposed to say, as parents, to our adolescents and teenagers who are recovering from drug and alcohol addiction to let them know what a great job they are doing? Some of us might start with just that

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Is Your Child a Bully?

We might know that our child is a bully because we experience the bullying personally or with other immediate members of the family. Some of us receive phone calls from schools, coaches, and organizations. Others may not realize that some

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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

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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

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Cocaine Experimentation In Adolescence Has Permanent Effect

Recent research has found that a single exposure to cocaine creates the phenomenon of craving in the brain. Scientists used brain imaging studies to test the activity of the reward system in the brains of people who had either no

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Signs of Passive Aggression

Passive aggression is not about one person taking out their emotions on another person. Most often, passive aggression is really the result of one person not letting out their emotions at all and consequently taking that out on another person.

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Toxic Shame: Everyone’s Dirty Secret

Shame is more than humiliation. Humiliation can sting for a second, ache with the strain of a belly laugh, and even haunt for a day or two until it passes. Shame is defined as the painful feeling of humiliation or

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4 Ways Emotional Abuse Affects Your Child

You might find yourself saying emotional abuse with the high pitched tone of questioning curiosity. Emotional abuse? You ask, wondering if there is some way you may have emotionally harmed your child without realizing. Parents learn patterns from their parents

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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

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