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Sober living homes

Sober living homes are affordable alcohol and drug free environments, which are essential to someone who sincerely wants to make a recovery. Peer groups are one of the most important aspects of living sober.

Sober living homes are a popular choice among parents of addicted troubled teenage boys and girls. These therapeutic facilities' objective is to assist teens in treating their addiction, rehabilitating them, and helping them fully recover from whatever addiction has derailed their lives.

Sober living homes come in many different forms and offer a variety of different treatments, depending on what type of treatment the sober living home is specialized in providing.

There are sober living homes that treat young teens from ages 12-18, while others specifically treat older teens, ages 17 and up.

Social Disorders

/so·cial/ /dis·or·ders/

Often confused with social anxiety. Social disorders are conditions of society which cause other disorderly and immoral things to occur. These include things like negative peer pressure, traumatic experiences, social prejudices, and propaganda. Social disorders function for a society much like a disease does to the body deteriorating it from within.

Common social disorders that plague troubled teens may include, paranoid personality disorder, antisocial personality disorder, borderline personality disorder, histrionic personality disorder, narcissistic personality disorder, avoidant personality disorder, dependent personality disorder, and obsessive compulsive disorder.

More often than not, troubled teens suffer from one or more social disorders. Antisocial behavior such as, rage, shyness, sexual acting out and suicidal tendencies can all be attributed to one or more forms of social disorder.

Fortunately for troubled adolescents struggling with social disorders, there is a myriad of treatment options to help treat their afflictions. Parents often choose treatment options such as, therapeutic boarding schools, residential treatment centers or group homes for troubled teens.

Social dysfunction

/so·cial/ /dys·func·tion/

Social dysfunction refers to one's inability to appropriately adapt to a social situation due to mental illness or psychological disorder. Individuals who suffer from bipolar disorder, depression, oppositional defiance disorder, autism, aspergers, or other types of disorders are likely to display social dysfunction on a regular basis.

Troubled teens who display social dysfunction, do so, for a variety of different reasons. Teens who are incapable of functioning in social situations are not a small minority but a large portion of our nation's youth. Factors such as, problems at home, failing grades, drug and/or alcohol addiction, psychological disorder or immaturity can all be the cause or contributing force behind social dysfunction.

Teens who struggle with social dysfunction are more likely to self medicate with drugs and alcohol, self harm or other dangerous addictions. It is important for parents to act immediately after realizing their child struggles with social dysfunction. If untreated, teens who struggle socially are at great risk and will continue to develop poor social and behavioral habits.

Substance abuse

The national institute on drug abuse characterize substance abuse as, "as a chronic, relapsing brain disease that is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences. It is considered a brain disease because drugs change the brain; they change its structure and how it works. These brain changes can be long lasting and can lead to many harmful, often self-destructive, behaviors.'

When pertaining to the adolescent brain and psyche, substance abuse and addiction is one of the most dangerous and common negative behaviors in troubled youth. Teenagers who participate in drug abuse are either not aware of the potential permanent damage they are causing themselves, or simply don't care. It is because of this reason that parents of substance abusing teens need to seek immediate treatment for their son or daughter.

Fortunately for parents, there is a multitude and increasing number of options to choose from in terms of rehabilitation. Furthermore, parents of substance abusing teens need to seek treatment for their teens promptly.


Substance Abuse

Substance Abuse

/sub.stance/ /a.buse/ 

Substance abuse is defined as the use of a chemical substance that has an effect on humans or animals improperly or in a negative view or purpose. 

Substances involve different types of drugs and also alcohol.  The misuse of a chemical substance can be very dangerous and can be the cause of many different types of problems such as impairment and also distress.

Along with physical problems that can come from recurrent substance abuse, there are many  other problems that can occur.  A lack of interest in schooling and work can lead to failure fulfillment of roles and obligations in different settings of life.  Also, a poor performance in daily actions can be a cause.  

Substance abuse is a problem that is important to deal with in an appropriate manner.  There are many different programs that are available to help fix these types of problems to rehabilitate someone's life.  

Suicidal ideation

Suicidal ideation concerns thoughts about or an unusual preoccupation with suicide. The range of suicidal ideation varies greatly from fleeting thoughts, to extensive thoughts, to detailed planning, role playing (e.g., standing on a chair with a noose), and unsuccessful attempts, which may be deliberately constructed to fail or be discovered, or may be fully intended to result in death, but the individual survives.

Most individuals who struggle with suicidal ideation do not successfully commit suicide. However, behavior such as, suicidal ideation, is still very risky and dangerous.

Suicidal ideation usually stems from depression but can also occur because of other psychiatric disorders, life events, and family events. Psychiatric disorders such as borderline personality, can increase one's chances of experiencing suicidal ideation.



/ sup·port/

n. Noun

Support is defined as the act or instance of supporting; serve as a foundation for something else.

Support can be given to many different ways. Through the encouragement to perform and progress and also through being there for someone who needs help. Support is usually shown through family and peers but can come from anywhere from support centers, rehab centers, and treatment centers.

Without a support, confidence would be very difficult to find. Support is key to getting through trials and problems. The ability to have someone that is supporting you and encouraging you to move forward and progress is important to growth and change. Especially with youth, that as they are trying to find out who they are that they feel supported in all of their doings. This is important because as support and encouragement is shown the youth feel confident to become the best they can be.