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Turnbridge operates leading mental health and substance abuse treatment programs throughout Connecticut. This blog is a resource for people seeking addiction and mental health recovery information and inspiration, and the latest Turnbridge news and events.

Normal Teenage Behavior vs. Concerning Behaviors: A Guide for Parents 

Teenagers are often impulsive, acting on emotions and inclinations without thinking the consequences through. As a result, teens can get into dangerous situations, make poor decisions, and occasionally have trouble learning from their actions. Teenagers can also be moody, insecure, and eager to fit in with their peers. However, there is a biological explanation for […]

Why is there a Rise in Teenage Mental Health Problems? An Overview of Statistics 

There is an ongoing rise in teenage mental health problems. While the COVID-19 pandemic has played a causal role in recent trends, mental health issues have been steadily increasing for years.   Between 2009 and 2019, the number of teenagers facing persistent feelings of sadness and hopelessness increased 40 percent, according to historical data from the […]

Does School Cause Mental Illness? How School Can Affect Youth’s Mental Health 

Adolescents are experiencing an unprecedented mental health crisis. According to the newest data from the Center of Disease Control (CDC), more than 1 in every 3 high school students experienced poor mental health during the recent pandemic. Nearly half of students felt persistently sad or hopeless, while about two-thirds of these teenagers had difficulty completing […]

7 Common Signs of a “Troubled” Teenager 

Adolescence is a time of critical development, both emotionally and physically. At this time, teenagers begin to establish their own identities and seek more independence in their everyday lives. Their behaviors might involve distancing themselves from parents, acting out, or rebelling against the rules, in order to assert themselves as self-sufficient and in-control. While behaviors […]

Seeking an Alternative School for Your “Troubled” Teen? What Parents Should Know 

Parents often consider alternative schools for teens who have not been successful in the traditional school environment. These teenagers may need extra attention, support, guidance, and monitoring in their learning journeys—and, unfortunately, not all public schools can meet their needs. If you are a parent of a teenager who seems “troubled” in their current school, […]

What to Do If Someone Overdoses on Drugs

If someone you know has overdosed on drugs, call 9-1-1 as soon as possible. Even if the person wakes up, medical intervention may still be necessary. Do not wait to take action. If you have already reported an emergency, keep reading for recommendations on what to do while you wait. When an overdose happens, it […]

The Importance of Structured Sober Living

Substance addiction is a chronic disease that makes lasting changes in the brain. It takes time and commitment to overcome. Often, those battling substance addiction require long-term and residential treatment. This provides them a safe, secure, structured, and sober place to live while they recover.  A structured sober living program is a beneficial option for […]

Drug Rehab vs. Recovery: What is the Difference?

Drug rehab and recovery are two related terms or concepts that often get used interchangeably. Many people believe that, when an individual says, “I am in rehab for my addiction” or “I am in recovery for addiction,” those phrases mean the same thing. The truth is, while rehab and recovery have an undeniable relationship with […]

Why Women Need a Safe Space for Dual Diagnosis Recovery

Mental health disorders are extremely common among women, and often lead to substance addiction. Combined, substance abuse and mental illness become dual diagnosis, which requires very specialized treatment and a safe, secure place to heal. Learn why women need safe, sober recovery homes when battling dual diagnosis. About one in every five adults in the […]