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A Parent’s Role in Adolescent Addiction

Everywhere that adolescents look on television, on billboards, in magazines, on the Internet, and the radio, they see messages about alcohol, sex, and drugs. They are constantly being exposed to these messages and are impacted by what they see, read, and hear. The things adolescents see in their every day lives may negatively affect their…

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Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Alcohol and Drug Addiction Rehab

For adolescents, living a normal life is important. When a teen is taking the steps toward alcohol and drug addiction recovery, maintaining a structured, sober lifestyle plays a key role in their success and recovery. When adolescents become addicted to alcohol or drugs, it is important that they learn how to live fulfilling lives that…

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Mental Illness Not Uncommon for Young Adults But Can Lead to Substance Abuse

Few people make it through the teen years wound-free. During this time, teens are taking their first individual steps socially, romantically, and even intellectually. This can be nerve-wracking for even the healthiest teen. The fears and vulnerabilities of adolescence make it a ripe period for developing mental illness. Studies reveal that one-quarter of young adults…

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Social Media, Teens, and Substance Abuse: What are the Connections?

The connections between social media, teens, and substance abuse are often quite tight. Parents may not even realize that their children are taking lessons from social media stars. Even worse, they may be getting pressure from friends on social media to abuse drugs. This problem concerns us at The Right Step. As a result, we’ve decided…

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Here’s What You Need to Look for In Rehab for Your Teen

Parenting addicted teens is the ultimate challenge for a mother or father. If you are facing this situation, you may feel helpless, alone or desperate to get your child well again. The best thing you can do for your addicted teen is to get him into treatment. Rehab facilities that are dedicated to helping patients…

Intervention Would Have Prevented All Young Teen Overdose Deaths in Virginia

In a newly released full report, Virginia’s Child Fatality Review Team (CFRT) found that 26 teen overdose deaths that occurred in the state between 2009 and 2013 were fully preventable. The state’s CFRT studied the issue in response to the increase in overdose deaths throughout the state and across age groups. The number of deaths…

Young Children’s Exposure to Marijuana Is Skyrocketing

Researchers from the Nationwide Children’s Hospital have recently discovered that the number of children younger than 6 years old exposed to marijuana is rising. Results from their study, published online in the journal Clinical Pediatrics in June 2015, showed a 147.5% increase in marijuana exposure among those under the age of 6 between 2006 and…