Teenagers And Addiction: They Are Not Simply Younger Adults

“Youth are heated by nature as drunken men by wine” Aristotle (350 B.C.) As the medical field continues to make strides towards gaining a clearer understanding about the disease of addiction, one of the greatest challenges remains the understanding of how drugs of abuse and addiction affect teenagers. Far from being simply “younger versions of […]

NYCFL Nutrition Guide

At the Center for Living, nutritional health is viewed as one of the major factors necessary for successful recovery from substance use disorders. As such, one of our goals is to make sure that our clients and their families are well educated about the latest findings pertaining to nutrition and recovery. We feel it is […]

Internet Guidelines for parents of adolescent and young adults in recovery from substance use.

The Nature of the Web-Connected World Warning Signs of Problematic Internet Use Specific Online Risks: Gaming, Pornography, Gambling Promoting Healthy Internet Use Identifying Appropriate Treatment How Treatment Centers Provide Help Resources THE NATURE OF THE WEB-CONNECTED WORLD More than nine out of 10 of those ages 12-17 are online (September 2012 survey). Nearly eight in […]

Social Media and Addiction

Many of us who work in the field of addiction have long suspected that social media and young people struggling with drug/alcohol addiction go hand in hand.  Previously, if a kid saw several friends drinking or smoking marijuana, he might want to try it himself. In a sense it’s natural for kids to experiment in […]

12 Step Meetings

There is a forthcoming article in the July issue of the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research that confirms something that those of us who work here at the New York Center for Living already know: going to 12-step meetings helps keep young addicts and alcoholic sober. The study included 127 substance abusers, age 14 […]

Why does the challenge of raising adolescents seem so overwhelming in the digital age?

The usual stumbling blocks for teens—drug abuse, premature sex, and social pressure—are all compounded by the way teens use technology and social networking sites, like Facebook. Today, teenagers’ social lives run on a 24-hour cycle, so the demands of keeping up with peers can be crushing.  Although the means of communication among teens has changed […]

Importance of Healthy Friendships for Adolescents

LA Times: “A Teen’s Friends Are A Powerful Influence” An Article in the LA Times confirms what we at the Center for Living already know: That the friendships that an adolescent has can influence behavior in a tremendous way.  Especially for an adolescent with substance abuse issues, the importance of building healthy relationships and sober […]

The Center for Living Contributes to Parents In Action Newsletter

On February 7, 2011, Parents In Action held their 25th annual “Teen Scene” presentation to a standing room only audience at The Trinity School on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.  The format included a moderator, Lucy Martin Gianino, who was flanked on both sides by a diverse group of high-functioning teenagers made up of high school […]

We take greater pains to persuade others that we are happy than in trying to think so ourselves.” -Confucius

Recently, during clinical rounds, our treatment team engaged in a lively conversation about the clinical challenges we face when identifying substance use disorders in certain teenagers.  Among them is a misperception by many parents and clinicians that their teenagers must be drug-free because they (mistakenly) assume that high-functioning in school, participation on sports teams, and involvement in […]

Re-Entry: An Exciting and Challenging Time In Recovery

The period of time immediately following one’s stay at a residential treatment facility for addiction is one of the most misunderstood periods of recovery.  Family members, partners, friends, employers and even clients often have the misconception that a person who has just completed a course of treatment is not only healthy, clean and sober, but is […]