Blog / 2018 / January
January 31, 2018
More and more families are affected by addiction and are seeking ways to cope with a situation that places any family in a crisis mode. Even the healthiest of families find their world turned upside down when needing to deal with a family member suffering from addiction.
January 30, 2018
Australia scientists followed 2,000 teens for six years and found that parents providing alcohol not only doesn’t prevent binge drinking, it was actually linked to teens finding alcohol through other sources.
January 29, 2018
Emotional ups and downs are part and parcel of the teenage years. It is only when these behaviors take a turn for the unusual that parents may have reason to rethink the manner in which their teenagers are acting.
January 25, 2018
A teen’s developing brain places them at greater risk of being reactive in their decision-making, and less able to consider the consequences of their choices. So how can parents help their teenagers learn and apply good decision-making skills?
January 24, 2018
Hope Academy is a tuition-free, public charter high school for teens in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. It is the only recovery high school in Indiana.
January 23, 2018
The opioid crisis is fueling a rise in Hollywood movies based on substance abuse.
January 22, 2018
Here are some other traits that many people in recovery share.
January 18, 2018
Students often have to wait weeks just for an initial intake exam to review their symptoms. The wait to see a psychiatrist who can prescribe or adjust medication — often a part-time employee — may be longer still.
January 17, 2018
Our genes deliver information that directs our bodies’ basic cellular activities. But did you know that your genes are almost identical to anyone else’s? It’s only a 0.01 percent variation that makes you unique.
January 16, 2018
For people in the early stages of making changes in their use of substances, engaging with loved ones is almost always challenging.
January 15, 2018
To some extent, everyone seeking change and peace are initially guided by ideas. But I’ve come to realize since then that the real change happens when you let go of ideas, as opposed to following new ones. After a long process of meditation and journaling, I found that the nine...
January 12, 2018
If you could peak into the late night Snapchats teens send to each other, memes they tag each other in, or Instagram stories they post, all of their references to drinking and smoking may give you the impression that teen substance use is on the rise. National data suggest the...
January 11, 2018
Taking care of yourself may sound like an easy and rather mindless task, but the reality is that it’s something many people struggle with, especially in active addiction. When drinking or using drugs, it’s easy to let your health—mental and physical—fall to the wayside. When using a substance is the...
January 10, 2018
Rachel Beehler had always been a straight-A student. She came from a stable middle-class family in a safe suburban town.

But she also struggled with substance abuse.

Part of that stemmed from the depression Beehler started feeling in junior high. At first she self-harmed to cope. Using drugs and alcohol soon became...
January 9, 2018
Chya* (pronounced SHY-a), who is not quite 10 years old, recently spent an unusual day at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. Part of the time she was in a "cool" brain scanner while playing video games designed to test her memory and other brain-related skills. At...
January 4, 2018
Are you feeling the stress of your child’s substance use with all the problems that go along with it? Often there seems to be no end in sight. You may have felt a lot of pain as well in 2017. Life is not easy when your child is struggling. Lessons...