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September is National Recovery Month

Posted on September 27, 2021

This year’s theme for National Recovery Month is “Recovery is for Everyone: Every Person, Every Family, Every Community. Using the same therapeutic model to treat every person regardless of age seeking recovery would be a mistake and relapse statistics for adolescents appear to back up that statement.

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Signs and Sources of School Anxiety

Posted on September 23, 2021

Most teenagers admit that they are ready to put the 2020-2021 school year behind them and get back to in-person classes with their peers. But let’s admit it: few teens are enthusiastic about the the alarm clock going off in the early hours, or the long hours in classrooms, followed by assignments at home. The transition into a new school year can be a struggle for everyone and this year is no exception. Mask or no mask? Social distancing or not? The COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect students and schools.

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Author of Beautiful Boy Discusses Healing and Hope

Posted on June 15, 2021

Partnership to End Addiction (formerly is a New York City-based non-profit organization that runs campaigns to prevent teenage drug and alcohol abuse in the United States. It’s popular podcast interview series, Heart of the Matter hosted by Elizabeth Vargas, is a platform for guests to share personal, candid stories about addiction and how it has impacted their lives. New episodes are released every other Tuesday and are available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Google Podcasts.

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Signs of Social Anxiety in Teens

Posted on June 01, 2021

Whether it’s a TikTok dance, a Snapchat post, or an Instagram selfie, your teenager and their friends are using social media sites to stay constantly connected to each other. As the parent of a teen, you may be wondering if all this online socializing is good for your child’s mental health or if social media anxiety might be a problem for them.

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Helping Teens With Anxiety Through Yoga Practice

Posted on January 25, 2021

Elk River Treatment Program has long provided a holistic approach to therapeutic treatment including professional yoga instruction. For the past year, clients have enjoyed the always pleasant, gentle mannered Jane Ringbloom who leads yoga practice twice a week.

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Decoding Your Teen's Text Slang Words

Posted on September 10, 2020

As with every generation before them, teens today have created their own lexicon. The difference in the current generation and prior generations is that today's teens write in code while using apps on smartphones that can connect them instantly to the world. It’s a little more complicated in 2020.

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How to Choose the Best Residential Mental Health Treatment Facility for Young Adults and Adolescents

Posted on June 23, 2020

Sending your teen to a residential program can improve the overall health and well-being of the whole family. While outpatient treatment centers intermittently intervene, residential centers provide continuous, cohesive care in a safe and supportive environment. The daily routine established during residential treatment provides stability and reduces distractions, empowering teens to understand and address their mental health and/or addiction challenges.

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Drug Slang Names Commonly Used by Teens

Posted on June 22, 2020

It is a good idea for parents to familiarize themselves with common drug slang names to flag potential drug use in their home. Early intervention of drug use can prevent years of family dysfunction, protect their child’s maturing brain and literally save their child’s life.

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Anxiety in Teens: How Parents can Identify Anxiety Symptoms in Teens

Posted on April 29, 2020

In unpredictable situations like the COVID-19 pandemic, everyone, including children and teens, can feel a little anxious. When will I return to school? When can I see my friends? Will I be able to attend college in the fall? Although anxiety is common during uncertain times, some children might need more help understanding and managing their worry.

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