5 Common Myths About Mental Health in Teens

5 Common Myths About Mental Health in Teens

Despite many common misconceptions and beliefs, illnesses related to mental health do not selectively target only adults. Mental health conditions are becoming increasingly common among youth and teens throughout the United States and worldwide. Recent studies suggest that approximately one in five teens have symptoms of at least one diagnosable mental health condition. A study…
What it Means to Have a Substance Use Disorder as a Teen

What it Means to Have a Substance Use Disorder as a Teen

Substance use disorder in teens often starts as recreational or casual. Over time, an occasional social drinker starts to binge drink regularly, or someone who occasionally uses prescription pain medication for pain control takes more than the prescribed dosage or progresses to harder drugs such as heroin and methamphetamine. If this sounds familiar to you…

Common Coping Strategies for Substance Abuse

Coping tools or coping strategies are an essential component of lasting addiction recovery. Achieving recovery from addiction is a multifaceted process that is far more involved than simply stopping drinking or using drugs. For your teen to achieve lasting addiction recovery, it is crucial to learn about why they started using or drinking in the…
How to Spot Alcohol Poisoning in Your Teen

How to Spot Alcohol Poisoning in Your Teen

The published statistics on alcohol poisoning and abuse are sometimes frightening. Drinking, binge drinking, and alcohol abuse are prevalent across all demographics and, unfortunately, almost all age groups in the United States. Alcohol is the most widely used substance by American youth and teens. Data from 2019 indicates that approximately 25% of US teens (ages…
You Found Out Your Teen is Abusing Drugs: Now What?

You Found Out Your Teen is Abusing Drugs: Now What?

Parenting often comes with challenges and emotionally complex moments. For a parent, one of the most difficult things to learn is that your teen is abusing drugs. If you are worried your teen may suffer from a substance use disorder, there are several potential signs you can look for. While it may be challenging to…
3 Examples of Teen Drug Abuse Myths

3 Examples of Teen Drug Abuse Myths

Teens who abuse drugs or alcohol may have an increased risk of developing an addiction as adults. Once addiction develops, substance abuse treatment at a treatment center like Hillcrest in Los Angeles, California, may be the safest and most effective way to help your teen stop using and enhance their chances of living a substance-free…

What are Co-Occurring Disorders?

Teens with a mental health condition are more likely to have a drug or alcohol addiction than those who do not experience symptoms of a mental health condition or have a diagnosed mental illness. Unfortunately, most people (teens and adults alike) with a co-occurring disorder do not get treatment for both disorders as part of…
Shocking Signs of Substance Abuse Among Teens

Shocking Signs of Substance Abuse Among Teens

As children grow, parents often face several challenges associated with various aspects of adolescent and teen development. As a parent, it can be difficult to determine if your teen’s behaviors are “normal” parts of their emotional and physical growth or if there is something deeper you should be concerned about. Wondering whether your teen is…
Teen Anger Issues: 3 Warning Signs

Teen Anger Issues: 3 Warning Signs

Everyone, regardless of age, experiences anger now and then. For parents of teens, outbursts of anger and frustration may seem like a daily occurrence. As children grow, they strive for independence, a process that often involves pushing boundaries and parental patience. Although teen anger issues and frustration are a normal part of their journey towards…
Prescription Drug Abuse in Teens

Prescription Drug Abuse in Teens

Prescription drugs are among the most widely abused substances by teens in the United States. In the last decade, rates of prescription drug abuse among teens have more than doubled. Unfortunately, many parents may not recognize that there is danger before addiction has already developed.    Teens and Prescription Drug Abuse Research suggests young Americans,…