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Media's Role in Teen Substance Abuse

July 10, 2017

What impact does media have on a teenager's substance abuse
With teenagers viewing so much media it's important for parents to understand how media consumption can play a role in teen drug abuse.

Can Teens Be Addicts?

July 3, 2017

Can Teenagers be considered Addicts?
Substance use is rarely a casual thing, especially for extremely addictive drugs like heroin, cocaine, or prescription opiates. Teens who use addictive substances regularly are at great risk for both psychological and physical addiction, creating a lasting habit that cannot be stopped without extreme effort and professional intervention.

Do Scared Straight Programs for Teens Work?

June 29, 2017

Scared Straight Programs, Do They Work?
Have you lost your patience with your teenage child and are considering doing a scared straight or bootcamp style program to fix teen substance abuse or behavioral issues?? Here are some things to consider before you take this drastic step.

Your Teen Was Expelled From School- Now What?

June 23, 2017

Teen Expelled, Now What?
School is an extremely important part of a child's development, no matter how much he or she may dislike the process. So if your teen has been expelled it's normal to be very concerned about their future.

How to Drug Test Your Teen

June 16, 2017

How to Drug Test Your Teen
If your child is demonstrating signs of drug use, like hanging out with a new friend group, a drop in grades, disinterest in former hobbies, and violations like breaking curfew, a home drug test can help you get to the bottom of this behavior.

Signs Your Teenager is Using Opioids

May 9, 2017

The signs of Opioid Abuse
What are the signs of opioid abuse that parents need to look out for? Teen Treatment Center looks into the difficulties of distinguishing 'teenage behavior' from signs of opioid abuse.

Warning Signs of Teen Drug Abuse

May 1, 2017

The Benefits of Creative Arts Therapy
What are the warning signs, behavioral, emotional and physical,in your teenage that there may be an underlying drug problem? It can be difficult to tell what is normal teenage behavior and what is an indicator of something more serious.

Benefits of Creative Arts Therapy

April 24, 2017

The Benefits of Creative Arts Therapy
Creative arts therapy combines traditional psychotherapy with the arts, such as music, painting, poetry, dancing, sculpture, writing and acting, to foster healing and mental well being through creative expression.

Intervention Advice: When to Step In

April 17, 2017

Intervention Advice: When to Step in
Knowing how to approach your teen about experimentation is difficult. Teen Treatment Center offers some tips and advice on how to handle this delicate situation.

Is Science Able To Predict Teen Drug Abuse?

March 10, 2017

Can science predict teen drug abuse?
Are we reaching a point where scientific testing can accurately predict a future of drug use? A New method may be the key to determining if a teenager is more or less likely to be involved in substance abuse.

How Do Teens Get Addicted to Drugs or Alcohol

March 2, 2017

How do teens get addicted to drugs or alcohol?
With so much going on in the teen mind, body and social circle, though, experimenting can quickly get out of hand or lead to unhealthy activity such as the illegal use of drugs or alcohol.

The Surprising Rise of Heroin Use

February 27, 2017

The Surprising Rise of Heroin Use
Historically, heroin has been most popular among serious drug users, but today, heroin is being used by teens and adults from all walks of life.

What To Do If You Suspect Teen Drug Use

February 22, 2017

What should you do if you suspect your teen is using drugs?
If you suspect your child is involved in drugs, the time to act is now. Here’s what to do if you are concerned about drug abuse or addiction in your teenager.

The Top 5 Drugs abused by Teenagers

February 6, 2017

The top 5 drugs being used by teenagers
These are the top 5 drugs being used by teenagers and some insight into the ways teens are accessing, then becoming addicted to them.

Just Teenage behavior or warning signs?

January 25, 2017

Kratom and Salvia Use In Teens
It's difficult to know when teenage behavior is just that, or if it is an indicator of something more serious. Learn some indicators of substance abuse or mental illness in this week's blog

Lean: Prescription Cough Syrup Abuse

December 1, 2016

Lean: Prescription Cough Syrup Abuse
Lean, also known as “sizzurp” or “purple drank," was first popularized in the 1990s and early 2000s following sizzurp-themed songs by hip-hop artists like Three 6 Mafia and DJ Screw. In recent years, celebrities such as Lil Wayne and Justin Bieber have been associated with the drink and its use has once again become popular, especially among teenagers. With this growing popularity, it’s important to learn about lean and the threats it poses to those who use it.

A Mother's Story: From Hopeless to Hopeful

November 10, 2016

 A Mother's Story: From Hopeless to Hopeful

"Since treatment, she has better control of her anger and impulsiveness. She has so far abstained from drug use, willingly submitted to urine tests, and seems to understand the reasons why she should stay drug free. She seems happy that we have been even more proactive in finding ways to support her efforts and is actively participating in making decisions about her aftercare." – L.D.

A Mother's Story: From Brokenness to Breakthroughs

October 12, 2016

 A Mother's Story: From Brokenness to Breakthroughs

"After receiving treatment, my son is a different kid. He cares and loves himself. He wants to better himself. He talks more about his future and college. He is excited about life in general. When he has a bad day, he goes to a Narcotics Anonymous meeting. It makes him feel better. My son learned how to control his temper and use the exercises that were taught at Teen Treatment Center in his everyday life." –L.T.

A Mother and Daughter's Story: Restoring Hope

September 29, 2016

 A Mother and Daughter's Story: Restoring Hope

"Of course there are still struggles, but since coming home, our daughter is working hard to stay on the right path. When she takes steps backwards, she doesn’t keep going backwards, and starts going forward again. She’s gone to group therapy on her own, goes to individual therapy, and plans to start going to church on Sundays. I feel like she has the tools now to make the right choices." –L.H.

The Dangers of Over-the-Counter Medicine Abuse

September 22, 2016

The Dangers of Over-the-Counter Medicine Abuse
Many parents know about the dangers of prescription drugs that teens can easily find in their or a friend’s medicine cabinets. However, prescription medications are not the only potentially dangerous drugs that teens can very easily acquire. Did you know that many teens use cough syrup and other over-the-counter (OTC) medications to get high? OTC medicine can be legally purchased at any nearby pharmacy or supermarket, and the abuse of these drugs is a growing issue among American teens.

A Mother’s Story: Committing to Long-term Sobriety

September 16, 2016

 A Mother’s Story: Committing to Long-term Sobriety

"Since attending Teen Treatment Center, my son seems happier. He seems to accept himself for who he is. The fact that he was willing to transition into sober living and extend his treatment for another twelve weeks was a great sign. I feel our relationship has improved because he is more open and I am able to read him better." -G.M.

Teaching Basic Life Skills for a Better Future

August 30, 2016

 Teaching Basic Life Skills for a Better Future

Adolescence is a pivotal stage in life, full of changes and new experiences. The lessons we learn during our teenage years often stick with us for our entire lives. Because young brains are usually able to absorb new information easily, adolescence is the time to learn basic life skills that will be necessary throughout adulthood.

Warning Signs of Relapse and What to Do as a Parent

August 26, 2016

 Warning Signs of Relapse and What to Do as a Parent

As a parent of a child who has struggled with abusing drugs or alcohol, it’s extremely important to be aware of the warning signs of relapse. Knowing the signs will not only help you catch it early, but also to be proactive if it happens.

How Sports Prevent Opiate Abuse in Teenagers

August 24, 2016

 How Sports Prevent Opiate Abuse in Teenagers

Sports are known to improve mood, concentration and self-esteem, and they can even reduce stress and depression. Recently, research has found yet another reason for teens to engage in athleticism: it was found that adolescents who regularly exercise or play sports are less likely to use heroin or non-medical prescription opioids than those who don’t.

Sober College – Navigating Recovery As A Student

August 8, 2016

 Sober College – Navigating Recovery As A Student

For teens in recovery, the transition to college may seem daunting – after all, the typical “college experience” is perceived to involve binge drinking at parties or experimenting with “study drugs” (prescription stimulants that are incorrectly perceived to improve academic performance, such as Adderall and Ritalin). However, college is really about growing and making memories, and there are many options that help students have a sober, rewarding college experience.

A Mother's Story: From Self Doubt to Academic Success

July 27, 2016

 A Parent's Story: From Self Doubt to Academic Success

"Since attending Teen Treatment Center, my son’s communication has really broadened. He lacks confidence with his academic work, but now, he is seeing that he is capable of doing well. His classes have been going really well and he was able to pass all of his courses." -A.B.

A Father's Story: Warning Signs of Teen Substance Abuse

July 18, 2016

A Father's Story: Warning Signs of Teen Substance Abuse

"If I were to sit down and talk to a parent, I realize it’s a case by case issue, but in our case, we didn’t want it to get to a point where our son was a lot further gone than he was. We didn’t want him to get so bad that he had to go through detox and whatnot. I would tell a parent that if you see any warning signs or behaviors, to get it early and don’t wait until your child becomes a full-blown addict. Don’t hesitate, don’t wait, get your child the help they need, and let them know you’re doing this out of love and for their safety." -E.F.

Authoritarian vs. Authoritative Parenting Styles and Why It Matters

July 13, 2016

Teen Treatment Center Director of Family Services

Over the past 50 years, family and child development experts have identified four different parenting styles. As parents, we don’t always fall strictly into one category, and we develop our own style as our children develop. The two most common styles are authoritarian and authoritative. I encourage you to take a look at the differences and outcomes between these two, and consider where you may need to add some flexibility to your parenting style.

A Mother's Story: Walking Tall Again

July 11, 2016

A Mother's Story: Walking Tall Again

"For a parent who is seeking treatment and looking at Teen Treatment Center, I would tell them to definitely do it. I feel this has worked for our daughter in every way possible. Of course, there’s always a chance of relapse, but it has given her such a strong foundation. She seems to be renewed." -L.S.

Teen Boot Camps and Teen Treatment Programs: What's the Difference?

July 8, 2016

Teen Boot Camps vs. Teen Treatment Programs There are a variety of ways to seek help for a teen who is abusing alcohol or drugs, which can be extremely difficult for a parent to sort through. There are teen boot camps, military schools, therapeutic boarding schools, residential treatment programs, and the list goes on. So what is the difference and how do you decide what’s best for your teen?

Meet the Assistant Director of Pet Therapy

July 1, 2016

teen-eddie-the-dog.png We are thrilled to announce the newest member of the Teen Treatment Center family, Eddie, the Assistant Director of Pet Therapy! Although only a few months old, Eddie is thrilled to be part of the Teen Treatment Center team and looks forward to earning his certification in pet therapy around the time of his first birthday.

Don’t Delay Sending Your Teen to Treatment: Unwillingness

June 21, 2016


One of the most common reasons parents delay sending their teen to treatment is because their child is unwilling to attend. While this is an expected reaction from a teenager who is abusing drugs or alcohol, it should not stop parents from getting their son or daughter the help they desperately need.

Teen Drug Trends: Adderall Abuse On the Rise

June 15, 2016

Teen Drug Trends: Adderall Abuse On the Rise While the abuse of many drugs has gone down among teenagers, the abuse of prescription stimulants continues to rise. According to the 2015 Monitoring the Future Survey, 7.7% of 12th graders reported non-medical use of amphetamines in the past year, with 7.5% reporting Adderall specifically. This makes “study drugs” the most commonly abused drugs (prescription or illicit) among high school seniors, after marijuana.

Preventing Teen Substance Abuse

May 13, 2016

Preventing Teen Substance Abuse

With increased awareness about how many teens are drinking alcohol, using drugs and struggling with a mental health condition, it can be scary and overwhelming trying to figure out how to protect your child. The good news is, if you are reading this, you’ve already taken the first step towards preventing your child from going down the wrong path.

The Stigma of Addiction

May 10, 2016


In this video, Alyssa, who has been sober since 2011, discusses the stigma of addiction and how it affects those who are in need of professional help. Oftentimes, there is a lot of shame surrounding individuals who are abusing drugs and alcohol as well as their loved ones.

Discussing Alcohol Use with Your Teen

April 29, 2016

Discussing Alcohol Use with Your Teen

According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, children who learn about the dangers of alcohol and drug use through conversations with their parents are 50% less likely to use these substances. As a parent, you really can make a difference.

Teen Alcohol Use: Parents Can Make a Difference

April 5, 2016

Teen Alcohol Use

April is Alcohol Awareness Month, sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. This year’s theme is, “Talk Early, Talk Often: Parents Can Make a Difference in Teen Alcohol Use.” There are a variety of ways that parents can impact the way kids not only view alcohol, but the way they will handle being faced with it in the future. Our Lead Family Therapist at Teen Treatment Center, Kari Bouldin, shared the following tips for parents.

Am I Enabling My Teen?

April 4, 2016

Am I Enabling My Teen? | Teen Treatment Center Do you feel like you are trying to help, but everything appears to be getting worse? Have you been called an enabler, but don’t know what that means? When dealing with a loved one who is struggling with substance abuse, mental health or behavioral issues, it can be very easy to develop unhealthy coping mechanisms. It is natural to want to care for and protect your teenager when they are unable to do it themselves, but these actions can do more harm than good.

Meet Our Director of Safety and Security

March 28, 2016


“How do you make sure my teen will be safe at your facility?” This is a common question parents ask during the admissions process at Teen Treatment Center. The safety of your teen is not only one of your main concerns, but one of ours as well.

Don’t Delay Sending Your Teen to Treatment: Location

March 18, 2016

Sending Your Teen to Treatment 

One of the main reasons many families delay sending their teen to treatment is the location of the facility. Oftentimes, parents find that the treatment center that would work best for their child and family is not around the corner; it is a few hours or even a plane ride away. Although this can be scary for parents of a teen who is already struggling, there are more benefits than not when teens attend a treatment facility that isn’t local.

How to Have Effective Family Meetings

March 2, 2016

How to Have Effective Family Meetings

The foundation of all family bonding starts with effective communication. Your family may say, “We talk all of the time.” You may have plenty of opportunities to talk on car rides from school or in the living room watching TV, but when do you really dedicate all of your attention and energy to one another? To achieve this, it may take scheduling a time when there will not be any distractions or demands from your environment.

From the Desk of Our CEO: Teen Treatment Center Two Year Anniversary

February 25, 2016

From the Desk of Our CEO | Teen Treatment Center

When Teen Treatment Center opened in February 2014, we had a vision of establishing a facility that would not only help teens recover, but one that would also restore their families. Since then, I have witnessed countless teens and their families fight to create a better future for themselves, and leave our facility with a renewed sense of hope and purpose. I am thrilled to be celebrating our two year anniversary at Teen Treatment Center along with the families and dedicated team members who have made these two years not only possible, but a success.

Don’t Delay Sending Your Teen to Treatment: Urgency

February 5, 2016

Sending Your Teen to Treatment

Is what my child is struggling with really that bad? This is a common question parents ask themselves and others when dealing with a troubled teen. It is no secret making the decision about whether or not to send your child to a treatment facility is extremely difficult. According to the 2013 National Survey on Drug use and Health, there were 1.3 million adolescents ages 12-17 who were in need of treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol use problem. Sadly, only 9 percent received the help they needed.

Rebuilding Trust with Your Teen and Moving Forward

January 18, 2016

A Letter from our Family Therapist

One of, if not the main topic discussed during family sessions in treatment is rebuilding trust. Parents struggle to understand how they could trust again considering the high risk, dangerous behaviors their teens engaged in prior to treatment. Teens worry they will never be trusted again.

The Admission Process at Teen Treatment Center

January 14, 2016

Teen Admission Process | Teen Treatment Center

Many parents want to know what the admission process will be like at our facility. At Teen Treatment Center, our goal is to make your family feel comfortable from the time you contact us, to the time you drop your child off in our care.

From the Desk of Our Executive Director: New Year, New Opportunities

January 5, 2016

From the Desk of Our Executive Director | Teen Treatment Center

As we approach the New Year and our two year anniversary at Teen Treatment Center, we have a lot to reflect on and be grateful for. We opened our facility with a dream to not only restore hope in adolescents who were struggling, but to restore their families as well. I am immensely grateful to the dedicated, caring team at our facility who continues to make this dream a reality, and to the teens and their families who let us become a part of their lives.

The Latest Trends in Teen Drug Abuse

November 30, 2015


While teen substance abuse may seem like it’s declined, there are still disturbing trends in teen drug abuse to be aware of. Read this blog to find out more.

Signs of Self-Harm and 3 Risk Factors

November 16, 2015


If your teen is struggling with self-harm, drug abuse and co-occurring disorders, we can help. Read about the signs and risk factors of teen self-harm.

Signs of Teen Depression in Girls

October 19, 2015

signs-of-depression-in-teen-girls.jpg Did you know that one out of ten teens will have depression? Find out the most effective treatment for depression in teen girls in this latest blog.

Meet the Principal of Education

October 12, 2015

Principal of Education | Teen Treatment Center As the Principal of Education, Alysha Bonheur coordinates the academic curriculum at Teen Treatment Center. Upon admission, Alysha greets each teen and conducts an academic assessment to measure their ability and where improvement may be needed.

Harmless or Toxic: What’s Really in Your Teen’s Vape?

September 17, 2015


Vape pens or e-cigarettes are supposed to be a safer alternative to smoking cigarettes; however, a disturbing trend is taking off. Instead of using vape pens to quell cigarette use, teens are now using them to abuse synthetic drugs.

4 Reasons to Choose a Gender-specific Rehab

August 24, 2015

reasons to choose a gender-specific rehab

Choosing a rehabilitation program for your teenager is never easy. From outpatient centers to residential treatment programs to boot camps, there are many options to pick from. With all of the possibilities, it is easy to become overwhelmed.

How Our Court Liaison Program Benefits Your Teen

August 10, 2015

teen-cassandra.jpg “My job is to alleviate your teen’s legal worries so they can focus on treatment... It’s like a weight being lifted off their shoulders.” - Cassandra Louis, Court Liaison, Teen Treatment Center

Xanax and Teen Alcohol Abuse: A Lethal Duo

August 6, 2015

Xannies. Z bars. Tranks. Handlebars. Footballs. Xanbars. No matter what they’re called on the street, Xanax is a highly addictive prescription drug that when mixed with alcohol can be lethal for teens and adults.

7 Ways to Prevent Teen Prescription Drug Abuse

July 13, 2015

7 Ways to prevent teen prescription drug abuse

Nearly one out of five high school students has taken prescription drugs without a doctor’s prescription, according to the 2014 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance study. Too many teenagers today think that taking Vicodin, Ritalin or Xanax for nonmedical use is harmless. In reality, some prescription drugs have a high potential for abuse and teens can easily become hooked on them.

Teen ADHD and Drug Abuse: Not a One-Size-Fits-All Treatment

June 22, 2015

Teen ADHD and Drug Abuse

“You’re such a bright kid and you’re just throwing it all away by being so lazy.” Have you ever felt this way about a teen with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and substance abuse issues? Did you know that there are many creative, high-achieving CEOs, sports players, and celebrities who have ADHD?

Flakka: The Drug Trend That Should be on Parents’ Radars

June 15, 2015

Flakka: The Drug Trend That SHould be on Parents' Radars

As a 21st century-parent, there is so much that you need to keep your eye out for: cyberbullying, sexting and a new generation of drugs. Now, there is a new drug on the streets, one that causes users to break into police departments, run down the road in their birthday suits and have violent outbursts. That drug is flakka, and it should be on your radar.

3 Reasons to Monitor Your Teen’s Social Media Use

June 8, 2015

3 Reasons to Monitor Your Teen's Social Media Use

No one can deny that social media has changed the way that we communicate. Social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram allow us to keep in touch with overseas relatives, share photos with old friends and follow our favorite celebrities. The instant ability to connect has drawn millions of people, including teenagers to social media.

Warning: Reasons to Avoid Boot Camps for Troubled Teens

June 1, 2015

Reasons to Avoid Boot Camp for Teens

Military camp. Community-based “diversion” program. Brat camp. Boot camp. Wilderness camp. Behavior modification program. You may have heard of some of these programs that help “troubled” teens, but do they work?

Deadly Prescription Drugs: How They Affect Teens

April 28, 2015

Deadly Prescription Drugs & Teens

Out of Millennials, Generation Xers, and Baby Boomers, which age group is more likely to abuse painkillers? You may think that Baby Boomers are more likely to use prescription drugs due to medical problems and physical injuries; however, teens are more likely to abuse prescriptions drugs. In fact, children as young as 12 or 13 years old often start experimenting with prescription drugs.

Recovery and College: 4 Tips to Help Teens Stay Sober

April 16, 2015

Recovery & College | Teen Treatment Center

Springtime is an exciting time for many high school seniors and their parents. Graduation is right around the corner, and many teenagers are anxiously making trips to the mailbox in hopes that their dream college has sent them an acceptance letter.

How Parents Can Prevent a Culture of Binge Drinking

April 8, 2015

How Parents can Prevent a Culture of Binge Drinking

“It’s just a few sips. It’s not going to hurt anyone?” This may be a common perception among parents who ignore underage drinking or give alcohol to their children and their children’s friends. Other parents cannot even fathom giving alcohol to their kids and have stricter parenting guidelines.

Teen Depression: 4 Surprising Risk Factors

March 23, 2015

Teen Depression: 4 Surprising Risk Factors

Not long ago, it was a common belief that teens could not get depressed. Teenagers that exhibited depression symptoms were often dismissed as simply having the “blues”. Although 11 percent of teens will have a depressive disorder before the age of 18, there is a lot that still needs to be learned about the subject.

Not Your Mama’s LSD: The Dangers of “New” Synthetic Drugs

March 11, 2015

Not Your Mama's LSD | Teen Treatment Center

N-bomb, Snake oil tea, Cloud 9, Gravel … have you heard of these drugs? If you haven’t, these “new” synthetic drugs are being created at faster rates than U.S. government agencies can keep up with, and this rapid production of new designer drugs is making it difficult to ban specific drugs.

Huffing: What Every Parent Needs to Know

February 6, 2015

Huffing: What Every Parent Needs to Know

Huffing. Sniffing. Bagging. No matter what term is used, inhalant abuse is a serious issue among teens. As a parent, you need to be aware of the warning signs and risks of inhalant abuse.

From the Desk of Our Executive Director: Making a Difference

January 26, 2015

From Our Executive Director: Making a Difference

Many parents throughout the country lie awake at night wondering what to do about their children’s substance abuse problem or mental disorder. A million things run through their mind, “What is the best type of treatment for my child? Can they receive help without falling behind in school?”

Cloud 9, Mojo and Other Teen Drug Abuse Trends Parents Need to Know About

January 9, 2015

Every day, in millions of living rooms across the country, parents are warning their kids about the dangers of binge drinking, prescription drug abuse and cigarettes. As a parent, you have probably warned your teen about these dangers too. However, like every generation before them, today’s teenagers are always looking to test their boundaries.

You’re Invited: Teen Behavioral Health Summit

January 5, 2015

With millions of teenagers struggling with drug and alcohol abuse, mental illness and behavioral health disorders in the United States, the time to address these issues has never been more crucial. When these problems go unaddressed, not only do they affect teens but they affect the community as well: disruption in school performance, health issues, legal problems, and social issues within the family dynamic.

From the Desk of Our Clinical Director: The Holiday Season

December 19, 2014

Less than a year ago, we developed the Teen Treatment Center from scratch. The amount of progress that the program has made is nothing short of amazing. One of the most important things I’ve learned in the past year is that we can truly restore the family unit. Consistently, I’ve heard from parents that they didn’t realize or know that help is available for their teens or themselves.

Teen Prescription Drug Abuse: How You Can Prevent It

December 10, 2014

Oftentimes, due to limited life experiences, teens aren’t fully aware of the consequences of prescription drug abuse. If they are aware, then it’s common for teens to believe that they are immune. To make matters worse, prescription medications, such as hydrocodone and Ritalin, are easily accessed by teens, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Numerous adolescents also believe that anything prescribed by a doctor is safe.

6 Risk Factors of Teen Depression

November 10, 2014

An estimated 1.3 million U.S. children, ages three to 17, deal with the daily struggles of depression, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Considering this number is so high, it may be shocking to find that 40 percent of them never receive the counseling or psychiatric treatment they need to heal.

BPD and Drugs: A Volatile Mix in Teens

October 29, 2014

Are you getting burned out by your teen’s rapid mood swings? Do you feel like you’re always walking on eggshells with your teen? You’re not alone, many parents with teens who are struggling with borderline personality disorder (BPD) feel this way.

How Do I Know If My Teen Has Dual Diagnosis?

September 9, 2014

Dual diagnosis, well, what is it exactly? Dual diagnosis, most commonly referred to as a co-occurring disorder, is when a person has a substance use disorder and a mental illness occurring at the same time. Some common co-occurring disorders among teens include:

From the Desk of Our Clinical Director: Music Therapy

September 5, 2014

For ages, music has been a source of inspiration, motivation and relaxation. As a licensed mental health counselor and a clinical director, I have seen how music therapy has transformed patients struggling with substance abuse or dual diagnosis. After witnessing how patients were more joyful, open and expressive after music therapy, I decided to integrate it into the treatment programs at Teen Treatment Center.

The Common Link Between ADHD and Substance Abuse

August 22, 2014

Is your teen more likely to have a substance abuse problem if they have ADHD? If you’re a parent with a teen who has ADHD, it’s an understandable concern. While many teens with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder don’t develop a substance abuse problem, there is a common link between the two.

Teen Alcohol Abuse: What You Need to Know

July 30, 2014

The most frequently abused drug by teens in the United States is alcohol. When teens begin abusing alcohol, they don’t realize the damage they are causing. According to a report done by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), more than 25% of teens, or nearly 7 million, drank alcohol in the past year. Whether your teen has started drinking or not, it’s important to know the facts about teen alcohol abuse.

How To Stay Sober in College

July 24, 2014

Sending your teen to college after they’ve dealt with a substance abuse problem can be scary. With binge drinking and recreational drug use occurring frequently on college campuses, this is a rational fear for many parents. Many colleges and universities are aware of this ongoing problem and have begun adding resources to support students who wish to remain clean and sober. If you’re afraid to send your teen to a “party school,” these tips may help you find the right college for them.

Family Support Group for Parents of Teens

July 24, 2014

Starting on August 13th, there will be a Family Support Group for Parents of Teens on the second Wednesday of each month. This group is for parents whose teen is currently struggling with substance abuse or has recently been through a treatment program. This support group will be guided by Kari Weeks, the family therapist at Teen Treatment Center, and will take place at Within: Books Boutique Cafe from 6-7pm.

What to Look for in a Teen Rehab Facility

July 17, 2014

If you’re a concerned parent or loved one, you may be wondering which teen rehab facility is best for your teen. However, there are several key concerns and factors to consider in order to choose the right facility.

6 Ways to Enjoy Life Without Addictive Substances

July 7, 2014

In the past, boredom may have been one of the reasons you turned to drugs and alcohol. Yet, there’s no limit to the activities and events you can enjoy without addictive substances. If you experience things with an open mind and a broad imagination, you don’t need drugs or alcohol to have fun. This blog contains a list of six ways you can enjoy your life without addictive substances.

From the Desk of Our Clinical Director: Success at Teen Treatment Center

June 20, 2014

At the Teen Treatment Center, our entire staff is devoted to guiding the success of our patients and their families. Meeting the patients and families on day one and being part of their graduation during their last week of treatment is an amazing and emotional journey. These pioneers, along with our dedicated staff, have helped create an environment of laughter, safety, honesty and support.

The Dangers of Teen Drug Abuse

June 18, 2014

Many teens experiment with drugs because of social pressures to fit in or to cope with stress from family issues or problems in school or at work. However, teens are often unaware of the side effects from drugs and are more susceptible to overdose.

Teen Treatment Center Video: Family Therapist

May 26, 2014

At the Teen Treatment Center, we are dedicated to restoring the entire family to live happy, healthy lives. In order for treatment to be successful, it is crucial that families take part in the treatment process. In this video, our Family Therapist Kari Weeks discusses the change that happens within the patients and their families as hope begins to be restored.

From the Desk of Our Clinical Director: Restoring the Family Unit

May 22, 2014

One of the most rewarding aspects of my job is being able to witness the triumphs and breakthroughs our patients and their families have during treatment. With the care of the primary therapist, family therapist and all supporting staff, patients and their families are able to make incredible progress. By the end of the teen’s stay, parents are able to look forward to the return home of their child. At the Teen Treatment Center, our entire staff is dedicated to restoring the family system.

Teen Treatment Center Video: Clinical Director

May 15, 2014

At the Teen Treatment Center, our staff is dedicated to providing teens and their families with the best possible care. In this video, our Clinical Director Angela Bustamante discusses her effort to create a program that is able to meet the individual needs of each patient and their family.

From the Desk of Our CEO: Individualized Care

April 18, 2014

In each of our programs, our main priority is giving our patients the highest level of care. Over the years, our treatment programs will continue to evolve to accomplish this. However, one thing that will remain the same is our focus on individualized care. From talking with our patients, I quickly learned that each of them came to us with a different life story. It became apparent to me that in order to treat our patients to the best of our ability, we must base their treatment programs on their individual needs and goals.

The Benefits of Family Therapy

March 20, 2014

When a teen is struggling with a mental health condition, behavioral disorder or substance abuse, family therapy is a critical part of their recovery. When a family member is suffering, it affects each person differently. Family therapy allows families and their teens to begin healing in a safe and caring environment.

Substance Abuse vs. Dependence

March 3, 2014

While there are different extremes of substance use, the use of alcohol or drugs during teenage years is nothing to ignore. Occasional use during adolescent years can quickly turn into substance abuse or dependence. Sometimes, those who use drugs or alcohol may only do it once out of curiosity and experimentation. This use can result in no serious physical or emotional consequences, and it doesn’t occur again. However, teens who use drugs or alcohol are more likely to use them in the future, and this use can become detrimental.

From the Desk of Our CEO: Teen Treatment Center Grand Opening

February 24, 2014

During my years in the mental health and substance abuse treatment field, I have encountered thousands of individuals whose struggles began in their teenage years. Through recognizing a need for the proper care of adolescents, the Teen Treatment Center was created.

Signs of Depression in Teens

February 17, 2014

Teens are struggling with depression all over the country. According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, depression is an illness when feelings of depression persist and begin to interfere with the teen’s ability to function. Left untreated, depression can lead to serious risk factors such as substance abuse and even suicide. The following signs of depression in teens will help you to differentiate whether your teen is having normal mood swings or if they are suffering from depression.

Is Your Teen Struggling with Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)?

January 14, 2014

It can be difficult to determine whether your teen is having normal mood swings or if they are suffering from a mental health or behavioral disorder. If your child is exhibiting persistent negative, defiant and hostile behaviors mainly towards adults and authority figures, they may have oppositional defiant disorder (ODD). This extreme behavior often disrupts normal daily activities at home, school and work.

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