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The Unique Needs of Emerging Adults in Our Addiction Rehab Program

Friday, September 7, 2018,
Author: Becky Flood
Categories: Adolescents
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Our youngest generations are facing unprecedented difficulties and uncertainties in their future. They have the highest stress levels of any generations in 100 years, and have been hit the hardest by the opioid epidemic, along with alcohol abuse. Rising technology use has also increased feelings of loneliness among younger generations, which has resulted in higher rates of depression and suicide. Youth brains are still developing until they are about 25 years old, which means that all the trauma from their extreme stress levels and drug dependencies are occurring at a time of greatest risk for their long-term health and brain development. As drug and alcohol rehabilitation specialists, it’s becoming more and more our responsibility to address these social concerns of our youngest members. That means using innovative, research-driven techniques to improve long-term addiction recovery outcomes.

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Back to School for Socially Phobic Extroverts: The Valedictorian No One Saw Alone

Friday, September 7, 2018,
Categories: Adolescents
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Many kids with severe social phobias are never identified because they masquerade as extroverts. They "have to" be surrounded by people, but do so to deflect attention, and suffer internally. Often with above average intelligence, they overcompensate by cleverly controlling situations to mask social anxiety. They are frequently the valedictorian, class president, homecoming queen, football captain, or “go-to” classmate for advice who "no one would ever know" suffers painfully with extreme feelings of embarrassment and isolation. They fall under the radar of teachers and parents who assume popularity and a smile equals confidence.

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It Happens to Boys, Too: It’s Our Prerogative to Help Them Speak About Sexual Abuse

Wednesday, October 23, 2013,
Categories: Adolescents
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One in four boys will be sexually abused by the age of 18.

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It Happens to Boys, Too: It’s Our Prerogative to Help Them Speak About Sexual Abuse

Wednesday, October 2, 2013,
Categories: Adolescents
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One in four boys will be sexually abused by the age of 18. But we don’t often see these incidents reported within our penal society when the abuse occurs — only later, when as adults, these men come forward after hiding their secrets in shame for many years.

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Lighter Steps: Addiction Treatment on the Trail

Monday, April 22, 2013,
Author: Anonym
Categories: Adolescents
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Drug and alcohol abuse, along with accompanying variations of promiscuity, anxiety, video game addiction and poor eating and hygiene habits, are disturbingly prevalent among today’s young adults. 

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Alcohol Use and the Adolescent Brain

Tuesday, August 23, 2011,
Author: Jack Hinman
Categories: Adolescents
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Scientific research is revealing that the human brain continues to develop into the early 20s. The immature brain of the adolescent may help explain their tendency toward impulsivity and poor decision-making.

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The Sexualization of Girls

Wednesday, July 27, 2011,
Author: Jack Hinman
Categories: Adolescents
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The sexualization of girls is a widely pervasive and ever-increasing problem that comes with a strong cost to girls. Virtually every media form studied provides ample evidence of the sexualization of women, including television, music videos, music lyrics, movies, magazines, sports media, video games, the Internet and advertising (Zurbriggen, 2007).

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Teens and the Internet: How Concerned Should You Be?

Wednesday, June 15, 2011,
Author: Jack Hinman
Categories: Adolescents
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First, the good news: The Internet is an effective and helpful tool for practical applications, such as research, work and social communication, academics, shopping, commerce and networking. In most work and academic settings, the effective and appropriate use of the Internet is a critical skill. Mastery of Internet applications can have positive results for young people not only academically, but socially as well. Teens can build a supportive social community online and remain in contact with friends.

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Changing the Family Legacy

Tuesday, April 5, 2011,
Author: Jerry Moe
Categories: Adolescents
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A long-held tenet in the treatment and recovery worlds is that alcoholism and other drug addictions are a family disease. Everyone in the family, including children, gets hurt by this cunning, powerful, and baffling illness. All too often it becomes a family legacy that gets passed from generation to generation. Where does it stop?

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Adolescent Bipolar Disorder

Tuesday, April 5, 2011,
Author: Jack Hinman
Categories: Adolescents
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Bipolar disorder is a serious but treatable disorder characterized by extreme, alternating moods that range from depression to mania. Irritability, silliness, moodiness and rapid speech are symptoms of bipolar disorder, but they are also normal parts of adolescence. The diagnosis of teen bipolar disorder is further complicated by the fact that its symptoms differ from those of adult bipolar disorder and often mimic the symptoms of other disorders, such as ADHD.

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