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Teenage Alcohol Abuse Rises in Summer

Posted on May 26, 2016

People between the ages of 12 to 20 drink 11% of all alcohol consumed in the U.S.  Although young people drink less often than adults do, when they drink, they drink more. That is because young people consume more than 90% of their alcohol by binge drinking.

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Sexting Apps Like Kik Can Be Dangerous for Teens

Posted on April 25, 2016

Kik is an online teen dating app that can be used for people to meet anonymously online using an instant messaging chat system. It also allows its users to exchange videos and images. It may sound like an example of how the digital age of cell phones and social media have pervaded the lives of young people as well as adults, but it is important to understand that Kik, and other "dating" apps are anything but harmless.

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Elk River now Network Provider for Cigna

Posted on January 08, 2016

Elk River Treatment Program (ERTP) for adolescents is now an in-network provider for Cigna, a global health service leader dedicated to helping people improve their health, well-being and sense of security. "Cigna shares our belief that mental health is equally as important as physical health,” said Karen Lee who founded ERTP in 2006.

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Teen Addiction to Coricidin HBP or Triple-C

Posted on October 28, 2015

Triple C, or Cordies are the slang term for Coricidin HBP Cough and Cold, contains Dextromethorphan or DXM which taken in large doses can produce hallucinations. The simplest way to put it, says ERTP CEO Karen Lee, “is that teens have discovered a way to get high yet fly under the radar. One of the issues we face with Triple Cs is that it is difficult to detect because there is no drug screen for it. Pot can be detected for a month after use,” she explained, “but Triple Cs are not picked up by drug tests.”

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Effective Dual Diagnosis Treatment for Teens

Posted on October 22, 2015

Mental health professionals at Elk River Treatment Program (ERTP) offer the best dual diagnosis treatment for adolescents and teens. An integrated approach is used to treat the substance use problem and the mental health disorder simultaneously by the same professional treatment team.

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Teens Struggling With Divorce and Adoption

Posted on October 22, 2015

It is almost impossible to ascribe every adolescent behavioral problem to a single cause, but according to the Treatment Team at Elk River Treatment Program, a very common factor is the sense of abandonment resulting from family-related problems such as persistent quarreling, divorce and revelations about adoption.

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How To Select a Teen Treatment Center

Posted on October 22, 2015

If you are the caregiver of a troubled teen and have begun researching youth treatment centers, you’ve likely discovered that the choices are overwhelming. There are many different treatment environments available. An admission counselor at the Elk River Treatment Program will help you clear the clutter.

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Cutting and Self Harm Treatment Center for Teenagers

Posted on October 22, 2015

When children or teenagers deliberately harm themselves and individual therapy is not effective, parents should consider placement in a therapeutic, residential setting like Elk River Treatment Program. Removing the child from their comfort zone allows them to focus on underlying feelings or beliefs that drive maladaptive behaviors. Once identified, these unhealthy behaviors can be addressed and replaced by adaptive behaviors.

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Is Your Teenager Using Inhalants or Huffing?

Posted on October 20, 2015

Using chemical inhalants to achieve a feeling of euphoria is commonly called huffing. There are thousands of common products that can be used as inhalants. Huffing can lead to addiction, permanent brain damage and sudden death.

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Teen Rehab Program for Drug & Alcohol Abuse

Posted on October 20, 2015

Teen rehab may become necessary when experimentation with alcohol or substances escalates to chronic abuse or full blown addiction. A specialist in drug addiction can diagnose the level of addiction and help parents find the most appropriate teen rehab for their loved one.

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