Among adolescents, substance use is a tricky topic.

Although we often think of adolescence as a time for experimentation, substance use disorders are the most prevalent mental health disorders diagnosed in teenagers. Studies show that the adolescent brain is more susceptible to the allure of drugs and alcohol and when we pair drugs and/or alcohol with developing brains, we have a dangerous combination. Counseling can help a family to identify whether substance use has become a problem for their teen. If so, it is key to teach the individual ways to cope with life stressors that do not include alcohol or other drugs. Our clinicians can also provide support for parents and family members, as well as make referrals to substance abuse treatment centers, if needed.