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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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Physical Dependence

Perhaps you assume that drug addiction, drug tolerance and physical dependence on drugs are all the same thing. Although the terms are often used together, they are not the same. If you use any drug, there are risks of tolerance, addiction, or physical dependence on that substance. Understanding physical dependence requires education, which the caring,…