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Understanding Addiction

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To help get a better understanding of addiction, we first need to define exactly what is addiction.  There are many definitions of addiction depending on who you ask. It can be anything from a moral failing, to a spiritual failing, or to an actual disease.  If something is controlling your life to the point where … Read more

3 Under the Radar Addictions That Impact Teens the Hardest

There is a myriad of useful information out there about common addictions in teenagers. Most everyone is acquainted with the dangers of alcohol, nicotine, and drug addiction. However, there are also many lesser-known addictions that teenagers are especially prone to developing. Here are three addictions that may not be on your radar but pose a … Read more

Is There a Cure for Addiction?

One of the biggest misconceptions people have about addiction is that there’s a cure or a single, all-encompassing fix. Unfortunately, the reality is that addiction is a chronic disease. Something that an individual will deal with for the rest of their life. Think of it like diabetes. Diabetes can’t be cured, but it can be … Read more

Common Behavioral Addictions

Addiction is usually associated with a dependence on drugs or alcohol, but there are also a lot of behavioral addictions out there. It’s good to know about these because, if your teen is prone to addiction, it might not be a long road for them to attach themselves to one of these as a replacement … Read more

The Science of Addiction

Addiction is often misunderstood. Many people still assume that addiction is a choice, or that there’s a cure for addiction. The harsh truth is that there is no cure. Addiction is a chronic disease. Although it’s true that someone makes the choice to try a drug or drink in the first place, no one does … Read more

Choosing the Right Program for Your Troubled Teen

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Parenting a troubled teen can be a difficult road to walk and it is equally difficult when you realize that you may need outside help.  “Do I need to enroll my son into a program for troubled teens?” “If we need help, where should we go?”  “How do we know we are making the right … Read more

Ten Signs of Addiction in Troubled Teens

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Addiction is a physical or mental dependence on a behavior or substance that a person feels powerless to stop. Addictions can manifest in many different ways.  Teenagers, especially, are a vulnerable population group for falling into the cycle of addiction.  Normal adolescent development such as the need to belong, becoming more independent, and volatile emotional states … Read more