Improving Coping Skills 

Can Help Teens Avoid 

Drug Abuse 


For many teenagers with substance use disorders, drug use begins as a way to manage stress. When teens do not have the skills or resources to cope with stress in healthy ways, they may turn to drug use or other unhealthy and dangerous ways to cope with their psychological distress.


The 2013 report on Stress in America from the American Psychological Association found that teens reported higher average stress levels than adults and much more stress than they believed to be healthy. Only 50 percent of teens said that they were confident in their abilities to handle the stressful situations in their lives, and, not surprisingly, school was the main source of stress for most teens.


Teens Start Misusing ADHD Drugs and Other Stimulants Earlier than You Might Think 


Despite stereotypes about college students resorting to black-market Ritalin to help them cram for exams, young people are actually most likely to start misusing prescription stimulant drugs in their high school years, according to new University of Michigan Medical School research.


The peak ages for starting to use these drugs without a prescription, or in order to get high or for other effects, are between 16 and 19 years.


That's according to a new analysis of national data from anonymous surveys of more than 240,000 teens and young adults, which will be published in the July issue of Drug and Alcohol Dependence.



Staff Highlight


Jennifer Nielson,

Parent Liaison


Jennifer Nielson is the Parent Liaison for White River Academy. Her main responsibility is to make sure the students receive quality care and effective growth opportunities. She watches out for each student's individual needs and monitors his progress. She is in regular contact with students and is the person within the program who connects with parents to provide updates and progress reports. She assists the Group Leader, day and night staff, and the Counselor in facilitating the student's daily schedules. She coordinates basic needs for each student such as visits to the dentist or doctor, or scheduling any tests. Jennifer participates in our Student Meetings and Cottage Meetings to provide necessary information to the Program Director. She also performs an orientation for each student who enrolls in White River Academy. 


Jennifer enjoys spending time with her husband and their three sons. Her hobbies include camping, fishing, hunting, crafting, and traveling. 


Book Spotlight

'Smoking Cigarettes, Eating Glass': A psychologist overcomes her tough teen years


The teenage years are usually a set of pretty rough years. Growing pains, acne, trying to fit in, and figuring out who you are and what you want to do in your life, are difficult enough. But add to that a broken family, anger issues, or the struggle with depression or other mental illnesses, and the teen and pre-teen years become overwhelming. Many teenagers are plagued with self-confidence issues, depression and eating disorders, and turn to alternative unhealthy measures to hide their sadness and troubles.


Having a mental illness is often looked down upon. However, mental illnesses are not prejudiced, and they can affect any person of any age and from any background just like cancer or diabetes.


Behavioral  Health Webinar

Sovereign Health Welcomes  William Woodbury   to Present on  "Enable - ISM"

Enable-ism is the practice of allowing an addict's using behaviors to continue. The reason this is so, is because it can make the enabler feel better about themselves, sadly at the expense of the addict. Without help this enabling behavior will continue after the addict stops actively using and often contributes to the addicted person to return back to active using. Enable-ism quickly overtakes all reason and as I stated before it can become "normal" behavior, so entrenched that the family goes to it again and again without any conscious effort to even look into trying something new. 


Date: Wednesday July 15, 2015

Time: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM PST

Speaker: William Woodbury


Location: Online


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