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5 Signs of Video Game Addiction

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Video game addiction is defined by the International Classification of Diseases as “a pattern of gaming behavior … characterized by impaired control over gaming, increasing priority given to gaming… and continuation or escalation of gaming despite the occurrence of negative consequences.” […]

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A Practical Approach to Screen Time & Social Media

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Each generation of teenagers is faced with unique challenges and difficulties specific to their peer group and time in history. What seems to be a universal experience and major roadblock to all generations is navigating the seemingly never-ending pool of “things” that their parents are afraid of. […]

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Accredited vs non-accredited, oh my.

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If you are reading this blog, my hope is that you are a parent, looking for facts about troubled teen industry (family-choice behavioral healthcare industry) or researching treatment for your young adult. You may be anxiously skimming for the one detail to convince you… Please >>>slow<<< down. [...]

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Family Weekend During Teen Treatment: We Are All In This Together

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There was a time . . . I dreamt my life could shrink down from its expanded, pressurized state, to some kind of normal. Instead, my family has taken a new shape. Like a balloon blown past capacity, we resemble what we once were, but continue to show our stretch marks. […]

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OCD Treatment in Real Life

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It feels ridiculous to say it now, but just leaving the house every morning feels like such a huge change. I couldn’t even go out and do menial tasks or make a phone call without feeling incredibly anxious or self conscious. Now, I go out to the grocery store and don’t even think twice […]

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How do I find Ethical Treatment Options?

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To paraphrase P.T. Barnum, when there is money to be made, some people do illegal and unethical things. In other words profit invites innovation but in the wrong hands, it also invites expedience and greed.
As All Kinds of Therapy warned in 2015, this remains a buyer beware market. […]

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6 Varieties of Emerging Adult Treatment

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The young adult treatment world is expanding fast and furiously. The average age emerging adults are entering treatment is getting higher, and the levels of care are more customized, and therefore harder for a young adult or family member to discern and digest. […]

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Justin Luke Riley, CEO of Young People In Recovery, an interview

In Baltimore, sharing my recovery story, I met several other leaders in long term recovery. I was astonished by so many leaders who were young and in recovery. We began talks that culminated in the creation of YPR. Our original intent was simple: help young people in or seeking recovery. […]

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Turning 18 in Treatment: Where Do You Go – Teen Treatment Option or Young Adult? An interview with Shayna Abraham, M.A.

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For the vast majority of the clients I am work with, they are not prepared to enter into young adulthood in a successful manner. The bulk of them have never thought twice about running their own lives … in the long run. […]

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