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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...

Do you suspect your teen is drinking? Maybe you smelled alcohol on his breath once or twice or you’ve noticed extreme changes in his behavior that seem more serious than just “normal teenage stuff”. Or maybe you’ve flat out caught him drinking. Either way, there’s a single question that now haunts you day and night: “Is...

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,...