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Teen Smartphone Addiction | Paradigm Malibu

How Does Teen Smartphone Addiction Affect Mental Health?

If your teen is like most, he or she might seem glued to their smartphone. Nearly three-quarters of teenagers use a smartphone, and because these phones are capable of not only calling and texting but also going online, posting to social media, and using a wide variety of apps, they have become, quite literally, computers…

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Stages of Teen Addiction | Paradigm Malibu

What are the 5 Stages of Teen Addiction?

No one wants to have an addiction – including teens. Addiction can be a debilitating disease and interfere with most areas of life. In most cases, teens aren’t thinking about addiction or any other consequences of drug use when they begin using. In fact, if anything, most teens have an element of excitement when they…

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Preventing Addiction | Paradigm Malibu

Tips for Preventing Addiction in Teens

Parents who struggle with addiction to alcohol or drugs are more likely to have children who also struggle with addiction as they develop into adolescence and adulthood. However, if parents can remain warm, sensitive, attuned, and connected to their infants and remain connected throughout their childhood, those children are more likely to succeed and possibly…

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Dual Diagnosis | Paradigm Malibu

Dealing with Dual Diagnosis in Your Teen

  If you are a parent or caregiver of a teen who is struggling with addiction, you might also find out that your teen is depressed or anxious. Or that they have another type of mental illness in addition to their addiction. When someone struggles with two illnesses at once, it is called dual diagnosis.…

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Opioid Addiction | Paradigm Malibu

Signs and Symptoms of Opioid Addiction

More and more opioid addiction in today’s society is growing by leaps and bounds, due to the vast availability of prescription pain pills on the market. Doctors and patients have made opioids a huge epidemic. Once prescribed these medications, people are fast becoming physically and psychologically dependent on the pills. Once the dependency kicks in, it’s not…

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If Your Teen Has a Mental Illness, Should You Seek Treatment Right Away?

  If you recognize symptoms of mental illness in your teen, you may be wondering whether or not to have your teen seen by a mental health provider. In most cases (if not all), seeking assistance for a mental or psychological illness is just as important as getting help from a physician or hospital for…

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Breaking the Addictive Cycle of Ecstasy

  MDMA, also known as Ecstasy, can be addictive. This can make it difficult to stop using and even require professional assistance. When a teen is hooked on Ecstasy, it can cause increased cravings for the drug. And when a teen tries to ignore the cravings in order to quit, they may experience depression, insomnia,…

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