Category Archives: Substance Abuse

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

Does treatment for teen addiction work?  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 […]

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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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Complementary Therapies for Dual Diagnosis and Addiction Treatment

Over the past fifty years, treatment for alcohol and substance addiction – now called alcohol use disorder (AUD) or substance use disorder (SUD) – has evolved in several significant ways. The first and most important shift in addiction treatment involved a paradigm shift. Most members of the medical profession and general public now have a […]

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Does Talking About Trauma Trigger Relapse?

Talking about traumatic events is often considered dangerous territory when treating addiction. Some people believe that cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) – the gold standard in treating trauma – brings painful memories to the surface. They assert that CBT can be dangerous for people with dual diagnosis – i.e. those both a subtance use disorder (SUD) […]

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Depression in the U.S. Before and After COVID: Risk of Increased Co-Occurring Disorders

Decades of research and documentation show the relationship between alcohol/substance use disorder (AUD/SUD) and mental health disorders such as anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), bipolar disorder (BPD), and depression. When an individual receives a diagnosis for more than one mental health disorder, clinicians use the terms co-occurring disorders or dual diagnosis. Both these phrases mean […]

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Why Do Teens Get High?

Adolescence: Novelty Seeking, Identity Formation, Social Networks  Parents know teens experiment with drinking and drugs during adolescence. The most common drugs teens try during high school are alcohol, marijuana, and tobacco – in that order – although marijuana and tobacco are almost tied, percentage-wise, for the second most commonly used drug among teens during their […]

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