Category Archives: Substance Abuse

Hope In Recovery: Good News for Teens in Depression Treatment

Three New Studies Show Treatment is Headed in the Right Direction When we read about mental health issues in the news these days, almost everything we encounter is negative. Headline and stories are filled with dire warnings about the precarious state of teen mental health in 2022. Troubling trends in the prevalence of depression and […]

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Long-Term Effects of Adolescent Substance Use Disorder (SUD)

Do Teens With SUD Grow Out of It? On June 9th, 2020, the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTS) released a Recommendation Statement in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) directed toward primary care providers about screening patients for unhealthy drug use. For those who haven’t heard of the USPSTS, don’t worry. […]

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Adolescents and Fatal Drug Overdose: New Report Shows Alarming Trend

Fentanyl-Involved Deaths Drive Increase If you read or follow national news at all, you know that for the past decade, the nation has been in the grip of what’s called the opioid crisis. The opioid crisis – or the opioid epidemic, as it is also called – actually began over twenty years ago, around 1999, […]

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Fentanyl: What Parents of Teens Need to Know

If you follow news on the opioid crisis in the United States, then it’s likely you’ve heard about fentanyl. Fentanyl is the drug responsible for driving overdose death rates to an all-time record high. In 2021, over 100,000 people in the U.S. died of drug overdose, with deaths involving fentanyl and other powerful synthetic opioids […]

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Effectiveness of Outpatient Treatment for Teens with Substance Abuse Issues

How Effective is Outpatient Treatment in The Case Of Substance Abuse in Teens? Drug use among adolescent is a serious issue in the U.S., made more serious by the emotional, psychological, and behavioral stressors teens faced over the past two years, during the upheaval caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The latest data on drug use […]

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Research Report: Treatment for Teen Addiction Has Surprising Result

Substance Use Disorder Treatment Can Reduce Symptoms of Another Common Disorder When parents seek treatment for a teen with an alcohol use disorder or a substance use disorder (AUD/SUD), their primary goal is to help their teen stop using alcohol or drugs. They understand that substance use and addiction can lead to a wide range […]

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Finding the Top Adolescent Residential Treatment Centers

A Checklist for Parents Seeking Residential Treatment for Teens When your child crossed the threshold from pre-teen to full-fledged teenager, you probably braced yourself for the changes you knew were coming. You expected a range of physical, emotional, social, and psychological growth known as differentiation. The experts told you your teen would develop their own […]

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San Diego Teens and Mental Health

Does the San Diego Area Have Enough Mental Health Programs for Teens? Last summer, Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego shared a startling statistic with reporters from local radio station kpbs. At the midpoint of 2021, they’d seen a 25 percent increase in emergency room visits for acute mental health emergencies. As mental health professionals, […]

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