As we mark the anniversary of the global pandemic, there is new research about young people and substance use during COVID-19. The pandemic has taken a big toll on the mental health of both adults and children, which is generally considered a predicter for increased substance use. But some new research suggests that adolescents and teens are experiencing fewer of the other major factors that influence drug and alcohol use at a young age, which may be a positive sign.
Most of the teens I work with are anxious and even resistant to begin therapy when we first meet. When parents want their kid to start treatment and bring it up, it often ends in one of two way.