Josh doesn’t know whether he should tell his father how he feels. When he’s at school, he often feels different than everyone else, like there’s something wrong with him. Whenever, he’s with his friends, he’s worried that he’s the only one concerned about the way he looks and even anxious about who he is. Josh can’t really get a handle on feeling good about himself. […]
Okay, you’re feeling the power of your youth. You feel invincible, as though you are the hero of your own life, and you can achieve anything you put your mind to! This is true! You can, in fact, accomplish anything you want! And to be fair, you can achieve anything you want at any stage in life. The difference with adolescence is the presence of […]
Although the process of ending an addiction, or making any type of major change, can feel chaotic, there is a roadmap for transformation. In 1983, clinician James Prochaska and others developed a model that outlined six stages of change. It is known in the mental health field as the Trans-Theoretical Model (TTM) and casually as the Stages of Change. The model incorporated a variety of […]
Maybe you’re struggling from an addiction, and if you’ve already made the decision to get sober, perhaps you’ve even experienced a relapse or two. However, it’s important to know that recent advances in the scientific understanding of teen addiction clearly indicate that the brain has the remarkable ability to recover after an extensive absence of using drugs, even with such a harsh substance as methamphetamine.
You have likely heard about the many benefits of owning a dog. Older people with dogs tend to live longer, and people with dogs tend to be happier in general. Dogs and animals in general can make excellent companions, and can be there for you when no one else really seems to understand. It is because of this that teen animal assisted therapy can be […]
Of the many potential problems that teenagers face, alcohol use is one that especially alarms parents. Stories of teenage alcohol abuse and its lingering consequences leave most parents worried but unsure of what to do if they ever face such a situation. Parents who are concerned about teen drinking can start by understanding the following causes and signs of teen drinking problems so that they […]
It’s easy to get pressured into a drinking scene. In fact, it might not even feel like pressure because from a distance, it looks like fun. Your friends look happy. They’re making jokes and smiling, and you want to join them. Actually, you want to feel like you belong. The night is early too. You’ve decided to go out with your best friend and the […]
No parent wants to accept the fact that their child may be depressed, but being able to recognize the signs and act quickly to find help for your teen may help reduce the likelihood of greater issues that can come from an unresolved diagnosis. When it comes to teen depression, there are several signs that can be helpful in determining whether your child simply has […]
The teen years can be a time of confusing changes and challenges. While dealing with problems in their social lives, family issues, struggles in school and more, some teens may experiment with drugs or alcohol. If you are worried that a friend or family member is abusing drugs, it is helpful to know how to provide teen substance abuse help.