• Alcohol Awareness Month: Your Clients’ Sobriety May Hinge on How They Parent

    April is Alcohol Awareness Month, a wonderful (and often missed) opportunity to not only help your clients understand how alcohol affects them, but also to help them focus on the messages they’re sending their children.

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  • The Genesis, Current Status, and Interventions for the Opioid Crisis

    While the use and abuse of opioids (prescribed and illicit) in this country is not new, the magnitude of the current opioid crisis still is very significant. Many people have tried to explain it and the one thing they share in common is their oversimplification. The motivation for the explanations are clear; a desire to bring order out of chaos.

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Adolescents and Pornography: A Generation of Disconnection and Addiction

2018/Mar-Apr

Any useful analysis of adolescents and pornography must first start with facts. The first and most important fact to understand is that kids engage with and through technology as much if not more than they engage face-to-face with actual, in-the-flesh people.

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Finding the “I” of the Hurricane: Strengthening the True Self in Adolescents and Young Adults

2018/Mar-Apr

Adolescence, by its very nature, is full of turmoil as we transition developmentally from childhood to adulthood. These are the hurricane years when the winds pull us in many directions, sometimes even unpredictably throwing us off-course, changing our lives quickly and in frightening ways.

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The Psychological Toxicity of Modern Adolescence (And What We Can Do About It)

2018/Mar-Apr

American adolescents now face a staggering burden of mental illness. It is an epidemic without precedent. An estimated 32 percent of United States teens have already experienced at least one DSM-based anxiety disorder, and over 14 percent have suffered from a major mood disorder (Merikangas et al., 2010).

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Helping Adolescents Connect to Specialty Addiction and Mental Health Treatment

2018/Mar-Apr

Alcohol and other drug use can negatively affect adolescents’ physical and mental health. It is associated with the major causes of mortality and morbidity in this age group, and can seriously disrupt healthy development (Clingempeel, Henggeler, Pickrel, Brondino, & Randall, 2005; Grella, Hser, Joshi, & Rounds-Bryant, 2001; Mertens, Flisher, Fleming, & Weisner, 2007; Sterling & Weisner, 2005; Subramaniam & Volkow, 2014; Wu, Gersing, Burchett, Woody, & Blazer, 2011).

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Do You Accept Self-Empowering Recovery?

2018/Jan-Feb

The world seems to change at a faster and faster pace. For instance, how many of us keep up enough to say we are “tech savvy?” The world of addiction, treatment, and recovery is changing as well.

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Eating Disorders: Separating the Patient from the Disease

2018/Jan-Feb

Substance abuse is something most therapists are familiar with and feel comfortable addressing with their clients. I have been giving the information in this article to hundreds of substance abuse therapists, and the common response is “I had no idea.”

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