Families Come First!

Addiction is a family disease, making it also a disease of relationships. Family engagement plays a vital role in recovery for the addicted individual and the entire family system.  Families are often in turmoil—especially if the addicted loved one is a teenage child. They are urgently trying to figure out what to do to help […]

Parent’s Guide to Teen Depression 

Parenting is hard work. Although you may have barely survived your child’s toddlerhood or middle-school angst, the teen years are a new experience altogether. As a teenager, your child might be perfectly good-natured one day and moody, rebellious, or self-centered the next.  With the teen years bringing increased societal pressures and changing hormones, these behaviors […]

Vaping: Shatter the Myths

Many people thought that vaping, also known as e-cigarettes, would be the safest thing since sliced bread. Well, we know that sliced bread isn’t always so healthy, and neither is vaping. Your teen will likely try to convince you that vaping is the healthiest thing he or she can ingest, after all, “It’s better than […]

Teen Drug and Alcohol Facts

Teens know a lot about drugs and alcohol. They may even know more than their parents, mostly because of social media. We’ve gathered pertinent facts that parents need to know about how teens use drugs and alcohol. There’s some good and bad news buried within these facts. For example, the use of alcohol may be […]

The Transtheoretical Model of Change

Change is possible, even for a troubled teen. There’s a reason you should never give up hope as a parent or caregiver of a challenging child; a well-studied set of human behaviors called the Transtheoretical Model of Change (sometimes called Stages of Change Model).  The model shows that a person does not immediately change negative […]