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When It’s Not “Just Weed”

Most everyone has a desire to escape, relax and reward themselves occasionally. These are essential parts of a high-quality life. However, unfortunately, many who live with an addiction usually don’t know how to do those things without using and abusing substances. The truth is, many of these individuals have never known anything different, and the …

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Help: My Teen is Struggling with their Mental Health and Addiction

Help: My Teen is Struggling with their Mental Health and Addiction

As you navigate helping your teen struggling with mental health and/or addiction, you may be wondering what your role is in your child’s healing and growth process and wrestling with how to support them best. Whether they are dealing with the everyday drama of teenage life, or are struggling with addiction or other mental health …

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Recognizing Signs of Mental Illness in Your Child

When something just doesn’t seem right with your child, your first reaction is most likely to check to see if there’s something physically wrong. But once you’ve ruled out, or taken care of, any apparent physical reason for your child behaving markedly different, you may wonder if there’s a psychological cause. While there’s usually another …

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How Parents Can Influence College Students’ Drinking

Selfies of drunken, wasted students are alarming to any parent preparing to send a budding adult off to college. But experts say that those images convey a false idea about many young people’s experiences and that parents influence college drinking more than they may think. If your teen or young adult child is struggling with …

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10 Signs Your Child May Have a Drug Problem

When your kids go back to school after the summer break, you want to prepare them in every way possible. Fall clothes? Check. School supplies? Check. But if your child is starting to use drugs or alcohol, all of your hopes for a successful school year could be crushed before classes even begin. If you’ve …

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Sleep Problems in Children May Lead to Substance Abuse Issues Later On

Today, we know how important it is to get adequate rest. Unfortunately, not everyone has the chance to get it. Even more unfortunate is the fact that your past actions concerning sleep can affect your habits today. In fact, new research has recently linked childhood sleep problems and substance abuse. However, there is hope. With …

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The Damaging Effects of Shame

Let’s talk about shame. Shame is the painful feeling of humiliation or distress that follows us after a perceived act of embarrassment or injury of pride. Shame has a tendency to follow us throughout our lives as we remember those negative moments where we felt the grasp of crippling humiliation, even years after the event …

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Childhood Stress Contributes to Depression

When most people think about stress, they usually think of it in adult terms. Stress from work, relationships, and home may all come into play in the lives of adults. However, there is another side to this problem that many people may not take into consideration: the stress of children. Today, children undergo massive amounts …

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Teens Who Drink with their Parents Drink More Outside of Home

Many parents want the best for their kids. As a result, many may make decisions that, while noble or logical, create adverse side effects. One of those decisions is to drink with their teenagers. New research has shown that teens who drink with their parents may drink more than other teens. To learn more about …

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