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Managing grief while in recovery

January 28, 2016   0 Comments

Grieving the loss of a loved one causes perhaps the most challenging range of emotions most people ever have to manage. For a person in recovery from behavioral disorders, it can be even more overwhelming, especially if the loss was sudden or unanticipated. Maintaining sobriety is a daily challenge; when complicated by losing a loved
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What to do when medications are too expensive

January 28, 2016   0 Comments

Over 8 million teenagers were taking psychiatric drugs as of 2013, about half of whom are being treated with stimulants for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Others seemingly require antidepressants, antipsychotics and anti-anxiety agents. Still others suffer from various physical or mental illnesses that require expensive medication. Why medications are so expensive Prescription drugs accounted for
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Tourette syndrome: A disorder tough on adolescents

January 26, 2016   0 Comments

“It makes it difficult to make friends, especially in the teenage years because people are just so judgmental on what you look like and what you do.” – Quote from a teen interviewed by the Tourette Association of America For most adolescents, surviving school doesn’t only mean going to class. School isn’t just where kids
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Why marijuana is blowing cigarettes away

January 26, 2016   0 Comments

Although it is still classified as a Schedule I substance, the popularity of cannabis has never been higher in the United States. By state law, the drug is allowed for medical use in 23 states and completely legal in Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska. In stark contrast, decades of Surgeon General Reports and antidrug advertising
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Handling a custody battle mindfully

January 26, 2016   0 Comments

Life happens. Sometimes life includes divorce. Although the old adage about 50 percent of marriages ending in divorce is no longer accurate, divorces still happen for a variety of reasons, from the simple to the profound. Apart from the obvious acrimony in any failed relationship, divorces often require lengthy settlements where property and finances are
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I can see clearly now: A fear tactic against marijuana use

January 22, 2016   0 Comments

Teenagers barely tune in during any lecture on driving under the influence and parents may relinquish – leaving the teen with a simple warning: not to mess up the car. A hesitant relief sweeps over parents – they finally have a night out, without needing to pick up their boy from the movies. The night
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How to intervene when your child has experimented with drugs

January 20, 2016   0 Comments

Parents exert the most influence on their kids when it comes to alcohol and drugs. Recent research discovered that two out of three teenage kids who abstain from alcohol and drugs do so to avoid losing their parents’ respect. But what happens if a child has already begun to experiment with drugs or alcohol? Before
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Long-term consequences of drug possession for young adults

January 20, 2016   0 Comments

Abusing drugs can have a wide range of consequences for individuals of all ages. For young people, legal ramifications create obstacles that last well into later life, even long after entering recovery. In Utah, possession of some types of drugs can constitute a felony, leading to long prison sentences and severe difficulties in finding employers.
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The reflection in the mirror: Male eating disorders

January 20, 2016   0 Comments

The desire to reach a point of physical perfection pushes teenagers to enter their own version of the hunger games – resorting to starving themselves or throwing up the food they eat to reach a false idea of perfection. But eating disorders, left unchecked, lead to death. Almost three percent of youth, ages 13 to
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How to identify an eating disorder

January 19, 2016   0 Comments

Eating disorders have high rates of diagnosis within teen populations and the highest mortality rate of all mental illnesses. One of the greatest reasons for these trends may be ignorance of the tell-tale symptoms. Although many are subtle, there are numerous warning signs that can indicate an eating disorder. What you see is not necessarily
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We would like to thank all the wonderful staff at WRA for the great parent weekend. We enjoyed it and felt that we learned valuable insights on Positive Peer Culture and the values we must have and the importance of family commitment to each other...