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Most Commonly Abused Prescription Drugs by Teens

The drug most commonly abused by teens is not a what, but a where – where it is found: right in the medicine cabinets of their own families. Teens do not need street drugs – heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, and marijuana – if they can pull Oxycontin® and Vicodin® right off their grandmothers’ shelves.

We at […]

By |November 28th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Habits That Can Lead To Addiction

We all have things that make us feel good. It’s fine to participate in those activities, but when those habits turn to addiction, they begin to affect our lives as well as the lives of those who love us.

Healthy habits elevate our moods and create lasting enjoyment. Addiction does the opposite. While we feel […]

By |November 28th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

How Being Creative Can Reduce Drug Relapse

During the initial phase of recovery from substance abuse, it’s common to feel like a person’s creativity is lessened because of the symptoms of withdrawal. This is a critical time for avoiding a relapse.

Some of the aspects of withdrawal include:

Feeling as though one’s brain is in a fog
Symptoms of depression

Inability to […]

How Cyberbullying Can Lead to Teen Drug Abuse


Bullying and substance abuse are often connected because emotional issues are at the root of most teen substance abuse. The widespread use of technology, such as cellphones and computers, has created a new type of bullying called “cyberbullying” which can be especially destructive to the self-esteem of the person being bullied.
What is Cyberbullying?
Cyberbullying refers to […]

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    Continuing Your Child’s Recovery after Outpatient Treatment

Continuing Your Child’s Recovery after Outpatient Treatment

At the Anthony Louis Center, we know that recovery is a long road that is filled with temptations at every turn. When your child leaves rehab, it does not mean that they are “cured” or that they are “healed.”

When a patient leaves our facilities, it means that they have been taught the tools and techniques […]

Signs Of Addiction In Teens: Is It Time To Get Help?

As a parent, you want to do everything in your power to make sure your children remain happy and healthy. When a child begins to experiment with drugs and alcohol though, even if you only suspect an issue might be developing, it might be time to seek professional help.

As a parent, there are times […]

By |September 23rd, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Parental Influence On Child Development

At Anthony Louis Center, we know parenting is a tough job. Our parental influence on child development is deep and long lasting. This includes how children think about drug use. Research shows that when parents directly tell their children they don’t want them to do drugs, the kids are less likely to do drugs.

With drug […]

By |September 23rd, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

How to Recognize Destructive Behaviors in Your Child’s Friends

Are you worried that peer pressure could lead your child down a bad path? Potentially problematic friends can be easily identified when you know what to look for. If you notice these destructive behaviors in your child’s friends, fast action may be required to keep your child or teen from getting further involved with […]

Is Your Teen Self-Medicating???

I have noticed that the concept of “self-medicating” is becoming a popular way to view substance use and addiction. The term self medicating means that a person who is using, is doing so to manage a different underlying condition. I see and hear it referenced by patients, families, articles, and among professionals. This is a delicate […]

Help Your Teen Stay Sober During The Holidays

Fair Warning: this is a long but good & useful one- there are resources and an entire planning form at the bottom.

This week, although we are right at the start of the holidays it is still a good time to review the joys and stresses of the holidays. To start I would like to […]

By |November 25th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments|