Addiction and ADHD go hand in hand; three things parents and providers need to know about treating teens with co-occurring diagnoses

Parenting a teenager can be a challenging journey on its own. Add ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) and substance use disorder into the mix, and it can bring a parent into crisis mode very quickly. In this blog, we’ll explore the co-occurring disorders of ADHD and addiction among teens, with a focus on understanding how these conditions…

What every parent needs to know about their teen’s drug cravings

As a parent, teacher, pediatrician, or friend who is supporting someone who is battling addiction, understanding the complexities of drug cravings is vital. Failure to understand drug cravings and the role they play in addiction is one of the most common mistakes people make, which leads to unnecessary pain for both you and your loved…

What Parents Need to Know: Psychedelic Use and Psychosis

Psychedelics are a class of drugs that can cause alterations in perception, mood, and thought processes. While psychedelics can have therapeutic benefits when used in a controlled and supervised setting, they can also lead to the onset of psychotic symptoms or psychosis, particularly in people who are predisposed to or have a history of psychotic…

Parents Need to Know: Psychedelic Use Decriminalized in Colorado

The passage of Proposition 122, the Natural Medicines Health Act in November 2022 marked a momentous occasion in Colorado. Coloradoans voted, by a tally of 53 to 47%, to both decriminalize psilocybin, DMT, ibogaine, and mescaline and medicalize psilocybin, with the possibility of a medicalization pathway for the others in 2026. Decriminalizing psychedelic use is…

How to talk to your teenager about substance use

Not all drugs are created equal and neither is all drug use. Substance use falls into three categories: Most teens experiment with substances at some point. However, of those who experiment, most will not go on to use or abuse drugs. How to set boundaries with your teen about substance use: When talking to your…

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