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As Told by Brandon, Resident at Kokua Monday, June 3rd. Brief synopsis of the day: The day progressively got easier. We started at Cultiva’s main place and saw what the boxes looked like. We ate kale then moved to their warehouse to load the van with supplies we needed. Then went to the houses, total of four to...

As Told by Isaiah, Resident at Kokua Thursday, June 6th Brief synopsis of the day: I had a good night’s rest, then in the morning we woke up to a beautiful sunny day and finished our last 6 grow boxes with the Cultiva team while meeting and helping amazing people along the way! Ending the day with a...

As Told by Jamie, Resident at Kokua Sunday, June 2nd. Brief synopsis of the day: Today I got up early and did some yoga. For breakfast we had pancakes. In the afternoon we made 4 boxes and Juan ended the last box, with a touching speech about how immaculate the last box was and how successful it was...

Hallucinogens offer an entryway into a different world. When it’s a good trip, the world is brighter, life is more beautiful and your teen may feel as if they’ve gained valuable insights into themselves and the universe. But if it’s a bad trip? Your teen enters a prison of frightening hallucinations, paranoia and a complete loss...

Although it’s sometimes controversial, the truth is that marijuana addiction is possible. In fact, given that your teen’s brain is still developing, they are more likely to develop a marijuana abuse disorder than adults who might use marijuana. In an ideal world, your teen would never try marijuana. But with marijuana becoming easier to get and...

It's hard to describe what life is life with PTSD and addiction. It's different for everybody and unless you’ve been through it before, it’s hard to put yourself in your teen’s shoes. Some days, life goes on as normal. But with others, your teen is tortured by flashbacks and nightmares from that traumatic event –...

As Told by Kokua's Program Director, Justin Swenson Wow! What an adventure; and we haven’t even arrived yet! I showed up to the treatment center last night at 9:50pm to a buzz of excitement. Mike, James, Isaiah, and Brandon were pacing around the courtyard all smiles and giddy with laughter. I checked in with all four of...

As Told by Mike, a Resident at Kokua We packed at 10 pm on Friday night and our flight was at 1 am on Saturday morning. We had a layover at Miami. Our flight from Denver landed in Miami at 7 am on Saturday morning. Our next flight was not until 11 am, so we slept...

Sports injuries, getting wisdom teeth removed and car accidents can all be sources of great physical pain for your teen. The last thing you want is to see your child in pain, so you let your doctor write a painkiller prescription. But if you’ve followed the news at all or even just heard about the opioid...

According to American Addiction Centers, roughly 1 million teens between the ages of 12 and 17 suffer from a substance abuse disorder. While there are addiction treatment centers around to help, many families don’t seek treatment because they’re unsure of one simple question: Does your insurance cover teen rehab? This straightforward question comes with a complex answer...

On November 6, 2012, Colorado made history both nationally and across the world. Amendment 64, a popular ballot initiative that amended the state’s drug policy for cannabis, passed. And on January 1, 2014, commercial sales of marijuana began across the state. Since then, the state has seen over $2.28 billion in combined recreational and medical marijuana...

Did you know nearly 35 million people across the United States have experienced one or more types of childhood trauma? This can include experiences like physical or psychological abuse, neglect, intense bullying, losing a loved one or witnessing a traumatic event. All of these experiences can negatively impact an individual’s brain development. Childhood is an important...

As of 2017, there were over 13,500 addiction treatment centers in the United States. That’s a lot of rehab centers to review! And even as you narrow down by location and addiction facilities that specifically treat adolescents, you’re still having to evaluate an entire list of rehabs. Which ones are legit? How long would my child...

Think back to when you were a teenager. Is there a memory that has stayed with you your entire life? Maybe it was something positive like getting your first dog or making a new friend that you’ve now known for years. Or perhaps it was something negative like being in a car accident or losing...

Imagine spending an afternoon hiking through the mountains: Beautiful, vibrant trees and plant life are all around you and the smell of pine is in the air. You see a couple squirrels scampering up and down a tree trunk. You hear light chirping of birds in the distance and recognize the crunch of gravel and...

Addiction recovery is a lot for anyone to handle, but it is especially difficult for a teen who is still developing physically, mentally and emotionally. And if your teen is struggling with past trauma or a co-occurring disorder like depression or anxiety, that’s another level they’ll need to work through during treatment. With painful emotions and...

The prevalence of marijuana use amongst today’s youth is troubling. Most people see marijuana as a relatively harmless drug, with talks of legalization growing more widespread by the year. However harmless the public perception of  cannabis is, its negative effects on the teenage brain are notable and deeply concerning. What are the Lasting Effects of...

Prolonged marijuana use is associated with a higher chance of developing Cannabis Withdrawal Syndrome (CWS), a mixture of psychological and physical symptoms such as insomnia, depression, restlessness, aggression, loss of appetite, sweating, and headaches, to name a few, that typically develops within a week from when an individual has stopped using marijuana. And although simple...

Residential treatment programs have been proven as one of the number one treatment options for drug abuse in teens, especially if the drug abuse is prolonged and more severe. They have a proven track record of being more successful than others in producing a more favorable outcome, meaning, that when compared to other kinds of treatment,...

Even if we channel our inner teenager, it can still be difficult to relate to our own teenage child. What was in-style then probably isn’t in-style now. The things you were faced with as a teen could be completely different than what your child is faced with. Sometimes teens will engage in drug experimentation. There are...

No parent has a burning desire to talk about drugs with their kids. More often than not the “drug” word is avoided at all costs in the home. Avoiding this talk can be a really bad idea. It’s important that you open the lines of communication with your child so that they feel comfortable asking...

Illegal drug use remains a dangerous epidemic among this nation’s youth; with 5.9 percent of 12th graders using marijuana on a daily basis, 3.3 percent using LSD, 2.7 percent using cocaine, 2.6 percent using ecstasy, and 0.4 percent using heroin (). And despite widespread efforts and campaigns to educate kids about the dangers of drug...

While it’s true that cigarette use has been on the major decline, studies are showing that it could bounce back because of the thing many people think is combatting it: e-cigarettes. When it comes to teen addiction, nicotine can be passed over because it’s not explicitly illegal for all age groups--but it’s incredibly harmful. During...