a teen boy puts his head on his arms and leans on his knees as he thinks about coping with loneliness

Coping with Loneliness

Substance abuse disorders and alcoholism are chronic mental health diseases that impact your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. When you struggle with a substance abuse disorder, it can negatively impact your health, relationships, and finances. Symptoms, such as cravings, can occur throughout recovery, making it important to learn about coping with loneliness and other triggers. Addiction…

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Relapse Prevention Techniques

Addiction is a chronic and progressive disease that impacts your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. It is also a disease that doesn’t discriminate, as anyone, regardless of age, gender, or background, can develop a substance abuse disorder. Because addiction is chronic, you must learn how to cope with your symptoms throughout your lifetime to protect your…

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Dangers of Mixing Substances

Struggling with an addiction can impair your judgment and increase your risk of engaging in dangerous behaviors. Intoxication also lowers inhibitions, which can lead to bad decisions. For example, you may be more likely to experiment with other substances when you are intoxicated. The dangers of mixing substances can include fatal and non-fatal overdoses. Psychoactive substances…

a teen boy sits at a counter and considers disordered eating and substance abuse

Disordered Eating and Substance Abuse

Eating disorders can occur because of body image issues and anxiety. Teens are also at risk of using drugs and alcohol. Teens with mental health disorders are more likely to use psychoactive substances, which makes disordered eating and substance abuse strongly connected. Adolescence is a difficult time for teens. Puberty, social pressures, and academics can…

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Talking to Teens About Drugs

Teens’ risk of experimenting with alcohol and drugs is considerable, making it essential for parents to learn how talking to teens about drugs can help keep their child safe. All drugs, including prescription medications, carry the risk of psychological and physical dependency. Teens can access prescription medications from their friends, and adolescents may steal medications…