teen boy with hands over face sitting next to backpack showing signs of drug use

3 Signs of Drug Use Parents Shouldn’t Ignore

If you’re a parent of a teen showing signs of drug use, it’s essential to seek treatment quickly. As teenagers strive for independence, it can be difficult to know if an underlying problem exists. Teenagers naturally branch out and distance themselves from parental influence, making it difficult to detect possible signs of drug abuse. However,…

sad young girl dealing with teen depression

Making Sense Out of Teen Depression

As parents, we may sometimes feel that teens are overdramatic. Because they’re going through various physical and mental changes, it’s normal for them to overreact at times, particularly with emotions like sadness. However, when does sadness cross over into teen depression? More importantly, for teens struggling with depression, how can parents best support them? Simply…

teen pouring a spoon of cough syrup for Cough Medicine Abuse

Legal But Lethal – Cough Medicine Abuse in Teens

An ingredient found in many cough and cold remedies is finding its way into the hands of teens intent on using it to get what is described as a cheap dissociative high. Teen cough medicine abuse is something parents need to make themselves aware of. Dextromethorphan (DXM) – a synthetic ingredient found in more than…

man talking to son on park bench about Teen Inhalant Abuse

Education Key to Preventing Teen Inhalant Abuse

Parents vigilant about educating their child about drugs and alcohol could inadvertently be supplying “drugs” powerful enough to kill the first time they are used. Teen inhalant abuse is a frequent issue in many areas. Surveys conducted in the United States and Canada reveal that huffing (or inhalant use) is becoming one of the most…

The Argument Against Teen Boot Camp

Top 5 Reasons to Say “Yes” to Help for Troubled Teens Canada and “No” to Boot Camp for Teens in Canada

1. Venture Academy for troubled teens provides intensive, ongoing clinical therapy focused on providing long-lasting results and permanent behavioural changes. We are not a boot camp for teens in Canada offering parents a quick – but temporary – fix. 2. At boot camp for teens, troubled teens live in a group-style living environment surrounding by teens with…

a troubled teen director talks to a male teen in an office

Challenging the Challenged: Teen ADHD

Are you one of those teens bursting with ideas but challenged when it comes to sitting still or waiting your turn? If the answer is yes, then you could be are one of thousands of teenagers struggling with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder); a neurobehavioral disorder than affects teens and adults alike. The good news…

Residential Treatment Programs for Troubled Teens

Treating Troubled Teens: When Holding Back Means Sending Your Teen to Residential Treatment

Troubled teens unsuccessful in traditional counseling environments are finding success in long-term treatment programs that provide parents with powerful alternative to boot camps for girls and boot camps for boys. A study conducted by the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs found teens with serious emotional and behavioural issues including ADHD, depression, and oppositional defiant…