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Should There Be a Legal Age Limit for Social Media?

Wednesday, June 19th, 2024

In today's digital age, social media platforms have become ubiquitous, weaving their intricate web into the very fabric of our daily lives. These platforms serve as arenas for connection, expression, and information exchange, profoundly shaping our social interactions and access to knowledge. However, as [...]

Link Between Pandemic and Women’s Alcohol Abuse

Study Suggests Link Between Pandemic and Women’s Alcohol Abuse

Monday, May 6th, 2024

A recent study published in the journal JAMA Health Forum highlights the adverse effects of alcohol misuse among middle-aged women during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Between April 2020 and September 2021, alcohol-related complications surged by 33% to 56% among women aged 40 [...]

Cannabis-Induced Psychosis

Experts Warn High Potency Marijuana Strains Lead to Increase in Cannabis-Induced Psychosis

Wednesday, April 17th, 2024

Widespread marijuana legalization in the U.S. has fueled a misconception that cannabis products are largely harmless. Unfortunately, many teens and their families have discovered the connection between marijuana and psychosis – a potentially dangerous psychiatric condition that causes people to lose touch with reality. What [...]

Cannabis Hyperemesis Syndrome

Understanding Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment

Tuesday, March 26th, 2024

Cannabis, once considered solely for its therapeutic and recreational benefits, has increasingly become associated with some adverse health effects. One such condition that has emerged is Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome (CHS). This syndrome presents a perplexing medical challenge, characterized by cyclic episodes of vomiting, nausea, [...]

Mental Health And Substance Abuse Intervention In South Florida: R&A Therapeutic Partners

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Intervention in South Florida: R&A Therapeutic Partners

Tuesday, November 21st, 2023

In the serene settings of Miami and Delray Beach, Florida, R&A Therapeutic Partners stands as a beacon of hope for individuals and families navigating the complex journey of mental health and substance abuse recovery. With an unwavering commitment to compassionate care, our team of [...]

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Understanding Alcohol Use Disorder’s Causes and Symptoms

Wednesday, September 27th, 2023

At R&A Therapeutic Partners, we believe in shedding light on prevalent mental and behavioral health issues affecting families, adolescents and adults. One such issue is alcohol use disorder, a medical diagnosis reflecting persistent, problematic alcohol consumption. The consequences of AUD can permeate every corner [...]

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First-Episode Psychosis and Substance Abuse in Young Adults

Tuesday, September 12th, 2023

The journey from adolescence to adulthood presents multiple challenges, growth opportunities and pivotal decisions. Amid these complexities, the emergence of mental health disorders such as first-episode psychosis can significantly impact a young adult’s life. As illustrated in a new SAMHSA report, this issue further [...]

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Substance Use Among Adolescents: Latest Insights From the Monitoring the Future Survey

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2023

The Monitoring the Future survey, conducted annually by University of Michigan researchers, serves as a critical tool in understanding trends and changes in substance use among young people. According to the latest results, the percentage of adolescents reporting substance use in 2022 remained steady [...]

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Health Risks Facing Today’s Teens

Wednesday, August 9th, 2023

Today’s teenagers face a multitude of alarming risks. From the rise in online bullying and the threat of school shootings to the widespread challenges of alcohol and drug abuse, modern adolescents encounter stresses and dangers that have contributed to higher levels of mental illness [...]

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The Evolving Landscape of Teen Marijuana Use: What Parents Should Know

Tuesday, July 25th, 2023

Many adults and adolescents perceive marijuana as a harmless recreational substance. While cannabis is less dangerous than substances like opioids and methamphetamines, it can still be hazardous. For instance, mounting clinical evidence suggests that marijuana consumption during the adolescent years can heighten the risk [...]

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Evidence Links Marijuana Use to Mental Health Risks in Young Adults

Wednesday, June 14th, 2023

Marijuana and cannabis-infused products are easily accessible and come in various forms that can be attractive to children and teenagers, including gummies and desserts. Many teens experiment with marijuana due to simple curiosity or peer pressure, but they may not realize the drug can [...]

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What Is an Eating Disorder?

Wednesday, March 8th, 2023

American diet culture, widespread fatphobia and a societal mindset that equates thinness with beauty have all created an ideal environment for eating disorders like anorexia, bulimia, binge eating and avoidant food intake disorder to flourish. Attempting to manage an unrealistic body image with repetitive, [...]

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Understanding Family Resilience

Tuesday, January 31st, 2023

At some point, every family will encounter a crisis. Major events like job loss, the death of a loved one, and terminal illness create challenges for parents and children alike. To weather these storms, families must have a certain level of resilience: the capacity [...]

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Fentanyl Worsens Withdrawal Symptoms

Thursday, January 5th, 2023

Fentanyl is a potent and fast-acting synthetic opioid that is leading the current wave of America’s drug overdose crisis. This human-made drug is usually cheaper and easier to obtain than other addictive substances. Because of fentanyl’s effects on the central nervous system, people who [...]

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How to Beat the Holiday Blues

Thursday, December 15th, 2022

For most, the holidays are an opportunity to connect with loved ones, experience the joy of giving, and unwind as you close out another year. However, for some, this is a time of great anxiety, depression, and other overwhelming negative feelings known as “the [...]

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Mental Health Resources for Teens

Friday, November 11th, 2022

As adults, we wish we could shield children and adolescents from mental health challenges like depression and anxiety, but these disorders are on the rise among the younger generation – and it’s no wonder. Often, children are more observant and sensitive than adults, and [...]

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Marijuana’s Effects on Teens

Thursday, October 27th, 2022

More than half of U.S. states plus Washington, D.C., have passed laws legalizing marijuana for recreational or medicinal use. As a result, many teens and adults believe marijuana is a “safe” alternative to alcohol or other recreational drugs. In spite of the White House’s [...]

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Can Tech Help Prevent Teen Suicide?

Tuesday, September 27th, 2022

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, nearly 20% of high school students report seriously contemplating suicide, and 9% have attempted to take their lives. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention lists suicide as the third-leading cause of death among young people and the second-leading [...]

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National Recovery Month: Teens and Young Adults

Friday, September 16th, 2022

September is National Recovery Month: a time for communities to spread awareness about the widespread issue of substance use disorder (SUD). Since the 1980s, this observance has educated the public, reduced stigma, and celebrated those who have recovered. This topic is especially important to [...]

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Potent THC Negatively Impacts Teens

Thursday, July 7th, 2022

The Rise in THC Concentration Cannabis has changed considerably since its legalization was first debated in the 1960s. At that time, the average THC content of a marijuana flower was less than 2%.1 Today, the industry has developed new, more concentrated strains with much higher [...]

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Rising Teen Depression Rates

Thursday, April 28th, 2022

Mental health is worsening among American teens, creating a national health issue we can’t afford to ignore. According to data from the CDC, the next generation of U.S. adults is more emotionally vulnerable than the generational cohorts that came before them, with 44% of [...]

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Can Cannabis Use Lead to Psychosis?

Monday, February 28th, 2022

According to a 2016 study, hospitalizations due to psychiatric issues have risen 74% since 2016, when police began cracking down on recreational cannabis use. The same data showed that hospitalizations for mental health or behavioral issues linked to marijuana consumption rose 74% in 2021. [...]

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Silver Lining: Pandemic Responsible for Largest Ever Drop in Teen Drug Use

Thursday, February 3rd, 2022

Every year since 1975, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) administers a survey assessing substance use among adolescence. This research, known as the Monitoring the Future survey, asks teenagers in 8th, 10th, and 12th grades to describe their drug use and alcohol consumption [...]

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Understanding the Disease Model of Addiction

Monday, January 31st, 2022

For hundreds of years, addiction was considered a moral failure or lack of willpower. Only recently has society reshaped its opinion of this condition. Today, most medical associations recognize substance use disorder as a disease of the brain. While this is the most popular [...]

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How Does Social Media Affect Teens?

Friday, December 3rd, 2021

Adolescence is a turbulent time. As girls and boys become women and men, they begin to become self-conscious, question their roles in their peer groups, and strive for independence. Ideally, these formative years will help young people to become adjusted members of society. The [...]

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How to Know If You Have Depression

Thursday, October 21st, 2021

Moments of sadness happen in everyone’s life. When you lose a job or lose a loved one, you will naturally feel sad for a while. When your symptoms continue for several weeks or months, you may have a mental health condition known as depression. [...]

National Recovery Month

Thursday, September 9th, 2021

Everyone deserves the opportunity to do what it takes to recover from a substance use disorder and mental health issue. That is the focus of National Recovery Month for September 2021 and the focus of treatment professionals throughout the year. Recovery is for Everyone National Recovery [...]

OCD and health anxiety

OCD and Health Anxiety

Tuesday, August 31st, 2021

Fear of a serious health condition can cause anxiety even in the best of times. During the coronavirus pandemic, the uncertainty of the disease can make obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and health anxiety that much worse for those who suffer from the mental health [...]