Author Archives: NG

About NG

Educational Consultant at Changing Tide Associates: Educational and Therapeutic Advisors

How to Talk to Your Teen about Substance Abuse

If you think your teen has a problem with substance abuse, the first step is to talk with them about it. But this task is much easier said than done. How do you know what to say? How do you start? Here are a few steps you can take to have the best conversation you can about drugs. Continue reading

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The New Year’s Resolution

Winter holiday times are joyful for most of families but for parents of troubled teens they are often full of anxiety, grief, and fear. We look at happy pictures of ‘normal’ families, read and hear about their joy and anticipation, … Continue reading

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When it comes to changing behavior, environment matters

When it comes to changing behavior, environment matters.

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When it comes to changing behavior, environment matters

What does it take for kids who struggle with destructive behaviors to change their lives? This is a question every parent of a struggling teen asks. Depression, anxiety, active drug use, and violent outbursts seem like impossible challenges to overcome. … Continue reading

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Is it time for me to give up?

As a member of several online support groups for parents of struggling teens and young adults, I often read this cry of desperation: “I have tried it all to help my kid! Is it time for me to give up … Continue reading

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Sending my son away…

Sending my son away….

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Sending my son away…

It is nearly impossible for me to pinpoint when problems with my son began, but I vividly remember the time when his road to recovery started. His problems had accumulated to the point that I was not sure if he … Continue reading

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Dealing with Anxiety in Teens and Young Adults

Dealing with Anxiety in Teens and Young Adults: Visit to the Mountain Valley Treatment Center. According to the National Association of School Psychologists, 1 in 11 teenagers today is diagnosed with anxiety severe enough to be considered a disorder; and … Continue reading

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Thinking Proactively about Summer

For some children and teens who struggle with social, emotional, and behavioral issues during the school year, summer can be either a great challenge or a great opportunity. While a low-key and low-stress relaxed family vacation might seem like a … Continue reading

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Is My Kid at Risk for Suicide?

This week we are going to talk about suicide and self-harm among teenagers.   Much attention has been paid lately to the problem of suicide among teens and emerging adults. In my own small New England community, it seems every … Continue reading

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