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Help for Troubled Teens and Their Parents

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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Abandonment Issues Treatment

Posted on October 22, 2019

It’s difficult to explain a child’s feelings of abandonment to loving parents who believe they have provided everything for their child, but sometimes what a child knows and what a child feels are two very different emotions.

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Is your teen vaping? Vaping health risks are worse for teens

Posted on September 30, 2019

The Centers for Disease Control couldn’t be more clear about it: Vaping, or the use of e-cigarettes, is especially unsafe for teens. The high nicotine levels make vaping extremely addictive and, according to Penny Baker, LPC-S, teens are more susceptible to addiction because their brains are still developing. Baker is Director of Clinical Services for Elk River Treatment Program for adolescents. She has spent decades working with teens in the residential treatment industry.

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