Don’t even try to treat your adolescent kids like a mini version of yourself if you are worried that your pre teen might get hooked up on drugs or alcohol.

Behavioral Health Clinic of Baltimore MarylandAdolescents have fast developing brains and tend to absorb more from their surroundings than the adults. Since, it’s teenage they are naturally disposed to taking up more risks, looking for new adventures and try the exceptional things. Although all these essentials are prerequisite for growing up and entering the world of adults but these might make them vulnerable and end them up in dangerous situations. An adolescent brain is at a unique developmental stage. At this particular time, they are rendered with an increased propensity towards addiction. The Baltimore City Health Care Clinic and Maryland Addiction Recovery Centre top the list in providing top-notch, comprehensive and coordinated community based behavioural healthcare facilities.

Dr. Frances Jensen, department of neurology in the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine and co-author of ‘A Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults’ mentions that its extremely crucial for parents to understand that their teenager’s brain is still under the process of development. Parents should be aware that brain is the last organ in the body to mature. Although the rate at which the brain develops varies from one individual to another, the central organ doesn’t fully mature until mid-t-late 20s. The rate, however, is a little sped up in girls and young women than the boys and young men.

In comparison to a fully developed and mature brain, the teenage brain is efficient in creating rapid circuits in the brain’s reward centers like the limbic system as a response to addictive substances. This is the reason why teenagers are more predisposed to getting stronger hold on addiction. As per the doctors, individuals developing the habit of drugs and smoking in early teens are less likely to quit as adults compared to those who gave in at later adult stages.

Parents should leave no stone unturned and talk about the very neurological differences with their adolescents. Parents should prioritize their relationship with their teens and guide them through their decisions and problem-solving that exploits the full potential of a young adult brain and stimulates their emotions.

Always keeping a check on the adolescent kids is what parents should strive for, no matter the cost. Absence of regular checks by parents may urge them to try out new things. Engaging with mid-altering and addictive substances is something that is not encouraged. Parents should be urged to talk openly about the ill-effects of substance use and how it can impair brain functioning with their teens.

Parents of adolescent children should be authoritative yet kind. They should put their best foot forward by speaking plainly with their child who might be curious about a lot many things. Emphasize and prioritize your relationship with your child. Don’t let communication create a bridge between you and your teen.

Behavioral Health Clinic

  • 2310 N. Charles St. Baltimore, MD 21218
  • (410) 844 – 4110
  • (410) 741 – 3008
  • info@bhcbaltimore.com

14Nov 2015
Behavioral Health Clinic of Baltimore Maryland

The best way out of sadness is joy, the best way out of anger is love, the best way out of fear is faith, and the best way out of addiction is balance. I found all the above in my recovery and I hope many, many will follow my path. Sobriety does not mean to lose anything in life, it means to gain freedom, happiness and all the wonderful things mentioned above, if done right.

So many people resist a life in sobriety, a stay at a treatment facility, or any kind of change toward recovery out of fear of losing important parts of their life. The drinking and drugging is not good for anyone, but it is a comfort zone and often has the status of a best friend. All social contacts revolve around the use and abuse, all what we know and who we know is involved in this destructive behavior. It is scary to let go of all of it and change the life as we know it completely around in a matter of weeks or months.

Just know, the gains you face will outnumber the losses. The positive quality of any experience is exponentially multiplied in sobriety regardless of its nature. Emotions, feelings, friends, memories, and any event can be a real fun-packed experience, if underwent clean and sober.

Drugs and alcohol are numbing. They numb the pain, bad experiences, grief, and suffering. But they also numb any positive happenings in life. Life becomes an emotionless, gray, and slow moving jelly ball without corners, wrapped in blurry bubble wrap. Recovery gives life edges again– and also colors and transparency.

Today, I love to be in nature and take pictures with my camera. During my addiction times, I had no eye for beauty, was not interested in observing, was busy consuming instead of exploring. Today, I love to walk mindfully through my life and notice beauty around me. I laugh like a child when my legs hit waves at the beach. I clap my hands in joy when I see the snow falling. I laugh tears in a towable behind my boat racing over the water. I’m not ashamed of showing my feelings today, I missed them way to long. The world can see what makes me happy. I can let my inner child out, being over forty, and I don’t have to be ashamed of showing my joy in life. No more need for any fake smiles or face masks, recovery gave me genuine fun and conjured up the real smile to my face. This gain was the jackpot of my life.

We do recover. Be happy.

Thanks to: Susanne Johnson

11Aug 2016
Behavioral Health Clinic of Baltimore Maryland

Whether we choose to believe it or not, alcohol is an accepted part of our social culture. Whether it is cocktails at happy hour, tailgating at a football game, or at a dinner party, alcohol is the common thread in many social gatherings. Because of its widespread acceptance and availability, we do not immediately associate alcohol with the potential of being addictive and creating significant consequences.
You may notice that you are increasingly desirous of a drink to relieve the stress of everyday life.

Alcoholism is a common health and social problems that affect us every day.

  • Alcohol is the #1 drug problem in the United States.
  • Three-fourths of all adults drink alcohol with 6% being classified as alcoholics.
  • Every day, nearly $197 million dollars is spent on alcohol.
  • Nearly 7 million people aged 12 to 20 are reported as being binge drinkers.
  • Every 30 seconds, someone in the United States is killed in an alcohol-related car accident.
  • Additionally it is reported that approximately 50,000 cases of alcohol overdose are reported each year.

Alcoholism is a complex disease and can cause significant and life-changing consequences. The staff at Baltimore’s Behavioral Health Clinic can provide you with the information and support to help you or your loved one find the best alcohol and drug rehab available. All communication with BHC Baltimore is confidential, and we welcome inquiries from friends and family members. The sooner you reach out to for help, the sooner we can help you get better.

For further information, please contact us at (410) 844 – 4110.

30Nov 2017
Behavioral Health Clinic of Baltimore Maryland

Don’t even try to treat your adolescent kids like a mini version of yourself if you are worried that your pre teen might get hooked up on drugs or alcohol.

Behavioral Health Clinic of Baltimore MarylandAdolescents have fast developing brains and tend to absorb more from their surroundings than the adults. Since, it’s teenage they are naturally disposed to taking up more risks, looking for new adventures and try the exceptional things. Although all these essentials are prerequisite for growing up and entering the world of adults but these might make them vulnerable and end them up in dangerous situations. An adolescent brain is at a unique developmental stage. At this particular time, they are rendered with an increased propensity towards addiction. The Baltimore City Health Care Clinic and Maryland Addiction Recovery Centre top the list in providing top-notch, comprehensive and coordinated community based behavioural healthcare facilities.

Dr. Frances Jensen, department of neurology in the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine and co-author of ‘A Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults’ mentions that its extremely crucial for parents to understand that their teenager’s brain is still under the process of development. Parents should be aware that brain is the last organ in the body to mature. Although the rate at which the brain develops varies from one individual to another, the central organ doesn’t fully mature until mid-t-late 20s. The rate, however, is a little sped up in girls and young women than the boys and young men.

In comparison to a fully developed and mature brain, the teenage brain is efficient in creating rapid circuits in the brain’s reward centers like the limbic system as a response to addictive substances. This is the reason why teenagers are more predisposed to getting stronger hold on addiction. As per the doctors, individuals developing the habit of drugs and smoking in early teens are less likely to quit as adults compared to those who gave in at later adult stages.

Parents should leave no stone unturned and talk about the very neurological differences with their adolescents. Parents should prioritize their relationship with their teens and guide them through their decisions and problem-solving that exploits the full potential of a young adult brain and stimulates their emotions.

Always keeping a check on the adolescent kids is what parents should strive for, no matter the cost. Absence of regular checks by parents may urge them to try out new things. Engaging with mid-altering and addictive substances is something that is not encouraged. Parents should be urged to talk openly about the ill-effects of substance use and how it can impair brain functioning with their teens.

Parents of adolescent children should be authoritative yet kind. They should put their best foot forward by speaking plainly with their child who might be curious about a lot many things. Emphasize and prioritize your relationship with your child. Don’t let communication create a bridge between you and your teen.

Behavioral Health Clinic

  • 2310 N. Charles St. Baltimore, MD 21218
  • (410) 844 – 4110
  • (410) 741 – 3008
  • info@bhcbaltimore.com