The New Marijuana Law in California and Teen Drug Use

The new marijuana law in California has a lot of parents worried about their teenagers. After all, marijuana has been one of the most common drugs used by teenagers for many decades. Although heroin use in California has been more publicized in the news due to a nationwide rash of opioid overdose deaths, the new …

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Fentanyl Overdose of Prince Equals a Warning Sign

A fentanyl overdose literally can happen to anyone, even a superstar like Prince. An entertainment icon of legendary proportions, Prince became another victim of the national opioid epidemic on April 21, 2016, when he died of a fentanyl overdose in an elevator in his home, known as Paisley Park, in Carver County, Minnesota. Fentanyl is …

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The 8 Stages of Emotional Development

It’s important for parents, teachers, and other significant adults, such as staff at teen rehab treatment centers, to be able to guide children and teens through healthy emotional stages of development. To help with this, an understanding of some basic psychology is worthwhile. A psychologist by the name of Erik Erikson identified eight specific stages of …

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Reactive Attachment Disorder: What It Is and How to Treat It

Reactive attachment disorder (RAD) is attachment disorder; it is a somewhat rare mental health disorder that affects between one to six percent of the population. It is developed in early childhood (before the age of 3) when a child fails to form a healthy emotional attachment to his/her primary caregiver, which in many circumstances would …

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The Pros & Cons Of Helicopter Vs. Free Range Parenting

There is no question that parenting is a difficult, ever changing process. As your children grow, and as society changes, your parenting type is often expected to change too. Two approaches that fit opposing ends of the parenting spectrum are “helicopter parenting” and “free-range parenting.” Here are the pros and cons of each. Helicopter Parenting …

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8 Foods That Can Help With Recovery: Omega-3 Fatty Acids

The word ‘fat’ tends to bring up negative associations in our minds: poor physical health, lack of mental discipline, emotional eating, etc. However, Omega-3 fatty acids are a bit of a game-changer. Omega-3s are linked with a variety of physical health benefits and, in recent years, have been linked to serious mental health benefits. They …

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6 Most Commonly Abused Prescription Medications

Prescription drug use is popular amongst teenagers, so it’s important to understand some of the risks and realities around this trend. Prescription drugs are relatively easy for teens to obtain; they might get them from friends or even take them from the family medicine cabinet. Here are six of the most commonly abused prescription drugs …

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Common Misconceptions About Process Addiction

If you find yourself struggling to quit a certain activity or behavior, such as gambling, shopping or playing video games, you may be experiencing a process addiction. Process addiction is discussed way less than substance addiction and as a result, there are many common misconceptions surrounding the condition. We’ve outlined several false beliefs that people …

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8 Natural Ways to Cope With Anxiety

Dealing with anxiety is tough, no matter how old you are. There are so many aspects in life that can be stressful and if you live with an anxiety disorder, they can feel even more challenging to cope with. Yet when symptoms of anxiety arise, you may not need to turn immediately to prescription medication …

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8 Inspirational Quotes for Depression Recovery

Recovering from depression can be difficult. You’re learning new things about yourself, your relationship with others and you’re forming new thoughts and habits. Know that you’re not alone and have opportunities to grow and change. Here are some quotes to help you on this journey. “Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with …

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