Category Archives: Substance Abuse

The Best Options for Mental Health Treatment in Los Angeles

Mental Health Treatment Helps Teens Become The Best Version of Themselves The past year has been eventful, to say the least. The events started early. The early spring brought the pandemic. The summer brought months of protests around racial and social justice. The fall brought the national elections, followed by upheaval around various election-related events […]

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How to Get a Child to Go to Residential Treatment

If you’re the parent of a child with a mental health, behavioral, or alcohol/substance use disorder, you know it’s your responsibility to get them the best treatment and support available. Once they receive a comprehensive evaluation, assessment, and referral for treatment – the first step on the recovery journey – your next step is deciding […]

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National Prevention Week 2021: How to Prevent Teens From Using Drugs

National Prevention Week (NPW) was established by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to encourage schools, communities, and organizations to raise awareness about preventing adolescent substance use and mental health issues. This year, National Prevention Week is May 9-15.  National Prevention Week occurs every May – towards the end of the school […]

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Teen Alcohol Abuse Treatment

What Do I Do When My Teen Abuses Alcohol? Most parents expect their teenage child or children to experiment with alcohol during high school. They’re not sure when, or exactly how, but they know it’s likely to happen at some point during their teenage years. That doesn’t mean they’re happy about it or want it […]

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What Is Emotional Dysregulation in Teens?

Emotional Dysregulation, Mental Health Disorders, and the Role of Treatment If you’re the parent of a teenager, you probably have direct, experiential knowledge of the ups and downs of their emotional life. And since you were once a teenager and lived through adolescence yourself, you can think back to what your emotional life was like […]

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Behavioral Health Treatment Centers Help Teens Overcome Addiction and Substance Use

Do Teens Need Behavioral Health Treatment for Drug Abuse? The teen years are filled with challenges. Teenagers go through radical physical, emotional, and social changes in just a few short years. Parents of teens know the difference between their 12-year-old and their 16-year-old is enormous. Before adolescence and the onset of puberty, most children live […]

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April is Alcohol Awareness Month

In 1987, a non-profit organization called the National Council for Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) – first founded in 1944 as the National Committee for Education on Alcoholism (NCEA) – initiated the first annual Alcohol Awareness Month. Between 1987 and 2019, the NCADD hosted Alcohol Awareness Month to accomplish the following goals: Increase awareness about […]

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When Is It Time to Seek Alcohol Treatment for Adolescents?

Alcohol is the most abused substance among teens in the U.S. Most parents understand their teenager is likely to experiment with alcohol at some point during adolescence. That goes for all teens, and most parents understand their teen is not immune. From students who do everything by the book to students who love to rebel […]

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When Alcohol Causes the Most Harm

Alcohol can damage the brain and body at every age and stage of life. Addiction to alcohol – also known as alcohol used disorder (AUD) – increases the problems alcohol causes. Long-term daily exposure to alcohol can lead to significant dysfunction, disability, and, in some cases, death. A 2020 study identified three specific time periods […]

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