Getting Past the Stigma of Psychiatric Medication


Stigma surrounds psychiatric medication, particularly for children and adolescents. Everyone from conspiracy theorists to well-meaning friends or family members to even general medical practitioners have ideas about why you should not give your child medications to treat their mental health […]

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Telling Your Story Through Drama Therapy


Reaching adolescents with substance use disorders and mental health issues can be challenging. The use of drama therapycan be a powerful way to help clients build self-esteem while accessing emotions and processing their trauma and related issues. Teens can develop […]

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How to Help Your Child Have a Socially Sober Summer


  Adolescents are social by nature, but friends can often have a negative influence on sobriety.  Summer is a time when teens have more free time, less supervision, and naturally gravitate toward spending more time with peers. How can you […]

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6 Types of Outdoor Therapy That Work


Using outdoor therapy can make a difference in reaching teens. For some, being active and pushed physically helps them open up emotionally. Others connect with nature and have emotional or spiritual breakthroughs because of being in a different environment. Still […]

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Healing Outdoors: Why Location Matters


As therapy evolves, doctors, therapists, and counselors can put ideas into practice that offer new ways to approach treatment. Some of these ideas are intuitive, such as outdoor therapy. Utilizing the instinctive human relationship to interact with natural outdoor environments […]

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Keeping Your Teen Busy This Summer


Staying busy is an important component of preventing relapse. Yet during the summer, adolescents have plenty of free time and often less supervision than during the school year. How do you support your teen in staying sober while they have […]

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Benefits of Outdoor and Adventure Therapy


Outdoor and adventure therapies combine the interest of being outdoors and the added benefits of having fun and risk-taking that appeal to many adolescents with substance use and mental health disorders. Being in nature also provides an optimal therapeutic background, […]

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Supporting Academic Success for Struggling Students


When students have mental health or substance abuse issues, they likely also struggle in school. Those struggles are compounded when they enter treatment, as they can fall even further behind academically. As someone who is supporting their mental health, how […]

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Understanding the Relationship Between Trauma and Addiction


Your teen may have unresolved trauma from as far back as their childhood, whether you knew about their experiences or not. Unresolved trauma can not only become “stuck” and develop Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) but also lead to substance use […]

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Preparing Young Clients for College and Career


  Making decisions about college and career can be difficult enough for students. When you have clients with substance use and mental health disorders, they will often experience more anxiety around making these decisions. How can you help them make […]

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