Tag Archives: Addiction Treatment

Tag Archives: Addiction Treatment


How adolescent substance abuse affects the familyWatching a loved one head down the path of addiction is devastating and if they’re an adolescent, the pain sears even deeper as we worry how this will affect their health, their future and their life as a whole. Adolescents are typically considered between the ages of 10 and 19 years of age, when many physical, mental and spiritual changes take place.

Addiction certainly disrupts these processes by causing our youth to think and act on cravings to use substances – and if you’re a parent, sibling, aunt, uncle, guardian or other family member, there’s no doubt that it’s taking a toll on your health.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) published a piece of literature that identifies several key themes that many families experience when someone in the family is abusing substances:


  1. Negativity – the family’s mood often drops, with family members complaining more or being more critical. Positivity often becomes ignored as some family members may feel guilty, angry, sad or hopeless.
  2. Parental inconsistency – as the family’s structure becomes less stable, both parents and teens may become confused on boundaries and the difference between “right” and “wrong”.
  3. Parental denial – some family members may fail to recognize that their teen is struggling. Unfortunately, this only perpetuates the addiction and neglect support for their teen.
  4. Miscarried expression of anger – family members who are stressed may find themselves repressing their anger, which may take forms in other ways.
  5. Self-medication – teens may be abusing substances to deal with a physical or psychological concern, or they may be experimenting.
  6. Unrealistic parental expectations – if teens are not given loving and supportive messages throughout their recovery, they may feel that they’ll never meet parents’ expectations.

In recognizing the many ways that teen addiction can affect the entire family, individuals can take preventative and proactive measures towards their family’s health and wellness. If you have a teen who is abusing substances, speak with someone from Cumberland Heights today – it’s time they seek help.


Adolescent Recovery of Cumberland Heights (ARCH) originally began in 1985 when there were few other adolescent programs like it in the country. In 2019, we’re expanding our continuum of services with ARCH Academy, a unique program that offers 60 days to 6 months of residential care to adolescent boys ages 14-18 who are struggling with alcohol and/or drug addiction. This new program stems from Cumberland Heights, which has been around since 1966 and is located in Kingston Springs, Tennessee. The adolescent age is a critical time for development, making this a crucial time of positive influence. For more information, call us today at 1-800-646-9998.

Bringing Pet Assisted Therapy to Cumberland Heights was not an entirely new concept. For years, CH has taken in strays and made them a part of the healing family. This time however, the introduction of Karisma was more intentional.

We know that empathy is essential to the treatmtment of addiction and alcoholism. Empathy is a powerful tool in building trust, and in developing a good relationship between human beings, therapists and addicts, families and addicts and also between addicts themselves. Empathy is especially important in addiction because addicts and alcoholics are used to being judged and criticized. They normally feel like no one understands them. Many times addicts and alcoholics have lost the trust of others or suffer from wounds where others have harmed them. In addiction treatment there is a saying that our secrets keep us sick. Having an animal to tell their secrets to for the first time, knowing the animal will not tell their secrets or judge them is many times their first experience with empathy.

Pet Assisted Therapy helps to teach this powerful concept. Maybe for the first time in years the addict is asking themselves what they can do for another. It also works by helping those who have been battling demons of sustance abuse to find a way to step outside of themselves and discover deeper meaning and purpose by providing vital assistance to other living creatures that desperately need love and companionship.

We want to thank River Road Retrievers for bringing Karisma into our lives.

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