You lie awake at night worried about your teenager. He or she has always been a challenging child, but recently they’ve morphed into someone you can barely control. You don’t trust their friends, their grades have dropped, and you suspect they’re doing drugs. Any simple request leads to an argument. They’ve had therapy on and off for years with no tangible results. You don’t know how to turn them around and you worry that things will get worse before they get better.
Posted on January 2, 2015 in Adolescents
There is no question that drug use among students is a problem. Teens are no longer just getting high or drunk. They are abusing dangerous prescription pills and heroin, and they are dying from overdoses or living with life-altering addictions.
Posted on September 6, 2013 in Teen Drug Addiction
Since 90 percent of addictions start in the teenage years, the results from a new study by The Partnership at Drugfree.org showing a dramatic and alarming increase in drug and alcohol use among Hispanic teens is particularly troubling.
The Partnership Attitude Tracking Study (PATS), sponsored by MetLife Foundation, also reveals that drug use is becoming a normalized behavior among Hispanic youth.
Compared to teens from other ethnic groups, more than half (54 percent) of Hispanic teens surveyed said they had used an illicit drug in the past year. In contrast, 45 percent of African-American and 43 percent of Caucasian teens reported illicit drug use in the past 12 months.
Posted on July 26, 2013 in Interview
Addiction recovery is all about learning new skills. In intensive outpatient treatment, clients also have the opportunity to implement those skills in a real-world environment. To Steve Crump, these opportunities are what make intensive outpatient programs (IOPs) so effective.
“In intensive outpatient treatment, clients not only learn about addiction and how to stay sober but also implement immediate changes in their lives,” he says. “Education is important but it’s not enough by itself. Clients need experience to gain a sense of mastery over the things they’ll need to do to sustain their recovery long-term. By the end of eight weeks, they know what to do because they’ve been practicing it all along.”
Posted on May 10, 2013 in Teen Mental Health
Mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy (MCBT) is a form of psychotherapy that combines standard cognitive behavioral therapy with a meditative technique called mindfulness, which has its roots in various Asian cultures. Several past studies have confirmed the usefulness of this psychotherapy in the treatment of major depression in various adult populations. According to the results of a new study conducted by researchers from Belgium’s Catholic University of Leuven, MCBT-based instruction can also help ease symptoms of depression in teenagers and help prevent the development of depressive disorders.
Posted on April 23, 2013 in Teen Mental Health
Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a psychiatric disorder that involves such personality-related problems as diminished self-awareness, unpredictable moods and a marked tendency toward impulsive behavior. As is true with other personality disorders, mental health professionals generally avoid diagnosing BPD in teenagers and younger children because people in these age groups are still going through important phases of mental development. However, according to the results of a study published in 2011 by researchers from the University of Houston, teenagers who later receive a BPD diagnosis as adults consistently develop a precursor to the disorder that manifests as an inability to accurately “mentalize,” or interpret the thoughts and intentions of others.
Posted on April 17, 2013 in Teen Drug Addiction
Impulsivity is a term that psychologists and psychiatrists use to describe a tendency to act without thinking or regard for the consequences of one’s behavior. All humans naturally have impulses, but most children and teenagers gradually learn to consciously control those urges and comply in meaningful ways with the social norms of their culture.
Current evidence indicates that many teenagers who start smoking have higher levels of impulsivity than their non-smoking peers. According to the results of a study published in 2011 in the journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research, teens and young adults who experience declines in impulsivity levels are able to quit substance abuse, including nicotine, more often than their peers who don’t experience similar declines in impulsivity.
Posted on April 15, 2013 in Teen Drug Addiction
Slang is difficult to keep up with, especially with the instant connectivity provided by the Internet. Slang terms are widely employed by teens so they can discuss drugs in front of teachers or parents without attracting suspicion. Then there are many unfamiliar terms that have harmless meanings. Staying on top of trends and drug nicknames is extremely useful if you think your teen may be using drugs or has been using terminology you don’t understand. Learning a little about teen slang can also help you to differentiate between ordinary communications and terms that could relate to drugs.
Posted on March 6, 2013 in Teen Drug Addiction
How The Right Step Can Help You Help a Teen Overcome Addiction
Not long ago on his television program, Dr. Phil McGraw – yes, THAT Dr. Phil – arranged an intervention on a teen named Brandon in the hope that he could help Brandon’s parents help their son to change his life.
If you’re reading this, you know what kind of change they were talking about. Brandon was addicted to drugs, and the good doctor arranged probably the most difficult of “family reunions” to bring the problem into focus.
The show chronicling the intervention and the aftermath was a moving, gut-wrenching roller-coaster ride, as Brandon continued (and continues) his battle to become and remain sober. Afterward Dr. Phil posted on his website a recap of the experience, which included THE question that is top-of-mind for literally thousands of parents today:
What should we do when we suspect our children of drug or alcohol abuse?
Posted on December 28, 2012 in Alumni
Over the holidays surround yourself with a community that understands.
Most people describe the holidays with words, for example, such as “family,” “fun,” and “frolic” It’s expected that we look forward to the happy times between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.
For the person with a history of alcohol or drug issues, however, the very holidays many people celebrate can be anything but festive. Addicted people and their loved ones need to be especially on guard for the prospect of relapse, according to a story on the website ezinearticles.com.
Here are some highlights from the article: