Everyday Family Wellness: Living Rooms

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This series of blogs is designed to serve as a reminder of some basic building blocks for emotional and behavioral health. These are not treatment modalities with fancy names or reams of clinical research. These are simple lifestyle choices that can help you and your family feel and function better.

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Helping your Teen or Young Adult Transition Home After Treatment

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“Trust fosters transparency,” says Jensen-Savoie, “and transparency is the most reliable and appropriate window into your into your young adult’s world.”

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Balancing a Teen’s Confidentiality with a Parent’s Need to Know

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When a teen or young adult enters residential treatment, parents are often surprised to learn the extent to which their child’s confidentiality is protected by the clinical staff.

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Thanksgiving

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It’s true of nearly everything—gifts, massages, meals, hugs, praise—that the better you are at receiving the better you’ll be at giving. It’s true of gratitude as well. If you find yourself deflecting other people’s efforts to thank you with a dismissive wave of the hand, a falsely humble headshake, or a blocking phrase like “not at all,” or “it was nothing,” then knock it off! For everyone to benefit maximally from an act of thanksgiving, that act must be accepted. If someone lobs a sincere “thanks” your way, do them—and yourself—a favor: look them in the eye, smile, and say, “you’re welcome.” Enjoy it! That’s what gratitude is all about, after all—giving, receiving, and enjoying.

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Health and Wellness for Adolescents

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“You can’t separate physical and emotional well being,” says Corey Hickman, CTRS, a residential life director for InnerChange. Because of this, his team of recreation specialists engineers their recreation program to be more than just fun and games. They consider recreation to be a critical treatment modality, equally as important as talk therapy and other treatment approaches for addressing adolescent emotional problems.

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Lying

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While it’s normal to test lying as a coping and management strategy, parental consequences can help drive home the point that normal doesn’t mean effective. A calm, non-reactive approach to constructing and implementing consequences for lying can help save your teen from a much tougher set of consequences at work or in other important relationships as an adult.

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Normal Teen Arguing or ODD?

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If you’re already relationally in the red with your teen or an oppositional disorder is emerging, opportunities to make deposits will be scarce. In this situation your teen is likely to be guarded and unreceptive. Hinman suggests that this situation might make it necessary to engage outside help. This help might be a therapist, a member of the clergy, or a favorite aunt or uncle.

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What is PTSD?

Many teenagers in treatment are being diagnosed with a disorder once associated primarily with soldiers returning from war. Post traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is now known to affect not only soldiers, but anyone who has a strong, but unaddressed, emotional reaction to a highly disruptive situation. If you believe your teenage daughter may be struggling with a past trauma, the following may help you offer informed, compassionate support as she heals.

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Re-learning How to Sleep

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A huge part of every parents’ job when their child is in treatment is to prepare for their return home. You’re a better parent (and employee, and friend, and everything) when you’re taking good care of yourself, so self-care is a critical part of that preparation. Sleep is at the core of self care; so now’s a great time to practice good sleep habits. Here are a few tips to help you take care of your main nighttime parenting responsibility: sleeping!

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Argumentative + Adolescent = Normal

According to family psychologist, Jack Hinman, argumentativeness is a necessary developmental pattern for adolescents. The good news? It’s normal. The bad news? You can’t entirely control or stop it.

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