Ascend Healthcare Coronavirus Protocols

Ascend Healthcare is taking important steps in the admissions process and daily programming in response to COVID-19. In an effort to best protect our team and clients we have implemented comprehensive guidelines. These guidelines were created after consulting with our medical team. Ascend’s COVID-19 clinical and medical management guidelines include the following: All admissions must…

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ADHD and Addiction

What is ADHD? Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a disorder of the brain which is identified by an ongoing pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development, especially in school while young. Kids with ADHD are more prone to being made fun of and isolated by peers for being disruptive or socially inappropriate,…

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Video Game Addiction

Video Game Addiction Video game addiction, also called gaming disorder, a type of technology dependence, is defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) in the draft 11th Revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) as a pattern of gaming behavior (“digital-gaming” or “video-gaming”) characterized by impaired control over gaming, increasing priority given to gaming…

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Teenage Cocaine Abuse

The adolescent brain is in an on-going state of evolution, and the use of drugs disrupts the development of the brain, it’s evolution, and its functions. Adolescent risk-taking normally peaks during the teen years, but sensation-seeking and impulsive actions are heightened when introduce drugs such as cocaine. Cocaine use among teens can impair their rational decision-making and…

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Teen Alcohol Abuse

Teen alcohol abuse is a significant problem for teenagers in our nation. Teenagers begin drinking for a myriad of reasons ranging from peer pressure to wanting to lose control, or for the experience of “partying” or bonding with their friends while feeling uninhibited in social situations. Studies show that alcohol abuse in teens can be…

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Teenagers and Benzodiazepines

American teenagers have been recreationally using and abusing a class of drugs called benzodiazepines. The name of this drug may sound unfamiliar to parents. Benzodiazepines (BZDs) are commonly prescribed by physicians for many legitimate medical conditions, such as anxiety and pain conditions, seizure and convulsions, insomnia, as general anesthesia, as sedation before a surgical or…