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Common Household Products Teens Use to Get High

Teens who experiment with illegal drugs or use prescription drugs recreationally can develop a substance use disorder, or what most people call an addiction. Teens can become addicted to heroin, opioid pain relievers, benzodiazepines, marijuana, hallucinogens, and many other drugs. When addiction escalates, teens can become resourceful, creative – and irresponsible – in their quest to get high. They can empty their savings account to purchase street drugs. They may

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Anxiety & Mood Disorders

Teen Marijuana Use: Compared to Adults, What’s the Risk of Addiction and Mental Health Disorders?

Twenty years ago, recreational cannabis products were illegal in almost every state in the country. Twenty-one states allowed the medical use of cannabis, and in 14 states, possession of small amounts of cannabis was decriminalized. However, marijuana was completely illegal for medical and recreational use in most states, and cannabis use among teenagers was at its lowest point since 1979. Now, in the year 2022, things have changed. Recreational cannabis

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Anxiety & Mood Disorders

Association Between Substance Use and Suicidal Behavior in Adolescents

Adolescence is a critical period in life, characterized by drastic physical, mental, and psychological changes. Young people between the ages of 13 and 19 begin to gain a sense of independence and determine their place in the world. These developmental years typically set the stage for the remainder of their lives. It’s also a time when peer pressure, experimentation, and testing boundaries are prevalent. Teenagers learn about sex, romance, and

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Family & Home Life

The Roles We Play: Family Therapy and Teen Substance Use Disorder

If your teen receives a diagnosis for a substance use disorder, the diagnosing clinician will most likely recommend treatment at one of the following levels of care: Residential Treatment Center (RTC) Teens with severe substance use disorder who are not stable at home and cannot participate in school life may need the full support of an adolescent residential treatment center. Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) Teens with moderate or severe substance

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Drugs & Alcohol

The Results Are In: Adolescent Drug and Alcohol Use During the Pandemic

We wanted to take a look at the impact of the pandemic on adolescent drug and alcohol use. During 2021, Did Teens Smoke, Drink, and Vape More Than in 2020? In March of 2020, when the coronavirus pandemic swept across the United States, experts on adolescent development issued a series of dire warnings about the potential negative impact of the public health measures enacted in most states, cities, and communities.

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Side Effects of Drugs in Teens
Addiction

Mental Health Treatment Centers for Teen Addiction

If you’re a parent who recently discovered your teen has an addiction disorder, the first thing you want to do is find them the help they need. That means you’re probably thinking, “I need to find a drug rehab center for my teenager.” That’s a good idea, and it will put you on the right path, but there’s something else to consider. In the 21st century, we don’t always separate

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marijuana smoke coming from teen girl mouth
Drugs & Alcohol

Teen Marijuana Use in the New Era of Legalization

Does Legalization Mean Adolescents Think Marijuana is Harmless? “Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States.” That’s the first sentence in the article “Marijuana Legalization And Historical Trends In Marijuana Use Among US Residents Aged 12–25: Results From The 1979–2016 National Survey On Drug Use And Health.” That sentence – and others that say the same thing with slightly different words – also appears on websites

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depressed teen girl in bed
Anxiety & Mood Disorders

Hope In Recovery: Good News for Teens in Depression Treatment

We have some good news for teens in depression treatment. It works. 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 anxiety combined with

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

Do Teens Grow Out of Adolescent Substance Use Disorder? 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. Not many people have. Here’s who they are, along with their mission statement: “The

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Addiction

Fatal Adolescent 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, with an increase in opioid prescriptions driving upward trends in opioid addiction and opioid-related overdose

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