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Attached at the hip to their cell phone? Cell phone addiction.

Attached at the hip to their cell phone? Cell phone addiction. 850 567 Solstice RTC

More and more teens are becoming addicted to their cellphones at the expense of real relationships. Many parents are asking how to deal with their teens cellphone addiction. Too often today’s adolescents are using technology and the internet to avoid dealing with life’s issues. While the definition of cell phone addiction can be debated, a simple red flag that your child may be experiencing addiction to his or her cellphone are some of the following:

  • Inability to succeed in school because of a lack of concentration
  • Harmed or lost relationships as a result of miscommunication via cellphone
  • Personal hygiene, and physical habits become secondary to attention given to technology

Preventing cell phone addiction in your teen

According to a recent study, 60% of teens would feel anxious if they didn’t have their phone and would rather live without Facebook, chocolate, and TV than without their phone. To ensure that your child does not become addicted to their cell phone here are some tips for parents to help prevent cell phone addiction.

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Respect Conversations With Others: Texting smart phone use shouldn’t come between real human contact, thus being distracted by a cell phone can harm relationships.

Never use the phone in the car, especially while driving whether texting or talking: This is a given, but distracted driving is one of the leading causes of accidents and deaths on the roadway. If your teen learns not to use the phone in the car, a lot of tragedy can be avoided.

Learn To Recognize Bad Habits: One reason teens turn to cell phones is boredom, causing this behavior to become a habit. Teens must learn other ways of dealing with boredom beyond turning to technology. Realizing this can help your teen resist checking their phone out of habit.

Set Alerts to Monitor Phone Usage: These days, most phone carriers will allow you to monitor text, phone time, and data usage for all the phones attached to your account via mobile apps and text / email alerts. You should take advantage of all this data and keep an eye on your teen’s usage. Use this as a baseline to establish ground rules, and talk to them if their usage seems excessive.

Consider Pre-Paid Phones instead of complete loss of phone privileges: For chronic offenders of this, you could consider using a pre-paid plan instead of instituting outright phone prohibition. That way your teen still gets the opportunity to exercise discipline and learn to ration their phone usage. And if they fail to do this, the phone will become a useless brick until you choose to add more time and data. Thus, a logical set of consequences will result from their overusing the phone.    

Solstice can help your daughter work through her difficulties. As a residential treatment center for teen girls ages 14-18, Solstice helps young girls struggling with emotional and behavioral issues. For more information about Solstice, please call (866) 278-3345.

Working through stress: Benefits of Mindfulness in Teens

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A common complaint amongst teenagers is that they feel overwhelmed and stressed by life’s challenges. Add in social factors that many adolescents are pressured with on a day to day basis and it is no wonder many teens don’t know how to deal with their emotions. One way to manage stress that has been successful over many years is practicing mindfulness.

Teenagers may see mindfulness in teens as completely unrelated to their busy and connected lives. But there are many ways that adolescents {and adults!} can benefit from a mindfulness and meditation practice. Mindful practices offer uncountable benefits. In a society of quick demands, teaching mindfulness and meditation is a no brainer to naturally, and effectively help adolescents. Below you can find the physical and mental benefits of living mindfully. 

Physical Benefits:

  • Meditation practice has been demonstrated to increase immune function. One study found that people who meditated produced more antibodies to the flu vaccine than people who didn’t meditate
  • Mindfulness in teens, including eating mindfully, has been linked to weight loss
  • In another study, participants who practiced meditation lowered their blood pressure and cut their heart attack risk
  • Meditation reduces levels of the hormone cortisol (which raises blood pressure and levels of stress)
  • Taking a few deep breaths engages our parasympathetic nervous system (our “rest and digest” mode) and deactivates our sympathetic nervous system (our “fight, flight, or freeze” mode)

Mental Benefits:

  • Meditation is linked to having a longer attention span and improves concentration
  • Meditation increases activity in the prefrontal cortex (associated with planning and judgement) and in the anterior cingulate (associated with emotional regulation, learning, and memory)
  • One study shows that participants who meditated for 30 minutes a day for 8 weeks had an increase in gray matter in the regions of the brain associated with memory, sense of self, and empathy.  
  • Students who meditated prior to an exam performed better than students who did not. The researchers linked meditation to improved cognitive functioning.
  • Meditation can help improve stress, anxiety and depression


Solstice, a residential treatment center for teen girls ages 14-18, works with young people struggling with emotional and behavioral difficulties. For more information about Solstice, please call (866) 278-3345.

The rise of e-cigarettes: Preventing teen smoking

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Do you remember the days when smoking seemed to be absolutely everywhere? Those days are long gone. However,  teen smoking is still very prevalent in high schools across the US. With the popularity of e-cigarettes making smoking “cool” again, changing attitudes towards smoking are making teen smoking problematic once again.

The danger of E-cigarettes

While teens are smoking less traditional cigarettes every year, the rate of e-cigarette use is steadily increasing. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the percentage  of traditional cigarette smoking in teens dropped from 15.8 percent in 2011 to 9.2 percent in 2014. However, teen smoking in terms of e-cigarettes has increased from 1.5 percent of teens in 2011 to 13.5 percent in 2014.

Right now, e-cigarettes are a growing threat to teens everywhere. Loads of misinformation combined with the attractive flavors and design of e-cigarettes has contributed to the rise in smokers. Teens may be told that e-cigarettes have less nicotine or are not as bad for you as traditional cigarettes. One tobacco researcher, Stanton Gantz, describes these devices as “cigarettes on training wheels”.

Nicotine’s negative effect on teenage brains is a serious cause for concern. Researchers say that when a teen’s brain is exposed to nicotine, it alters the the development of the prefrontal cortex. This eventually affects decision making. Because of this, teen smoking may cause attention problems and a greater risk of cognitive impairments and psychiatric disorders.


Preventing  your teen from smoking traditional cigarettes, e-cigarettes, or hookah may seem like a difficult task. If you’re worried your teen might start smoking or is already smoking, consider the following preventative measures:

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  • Set a good example: If you smoke, your teen is more likely to smoke. If you do smoke, you should quit. Explain to your teen how miserable you are smoking and how difficult it is for you to quit smoking.
  • Appeal to your teen’s desire to look good: Talk to your teen about the effects smoking has on physical appearance. Show them pictures of people who have smoked for years with yellowing teeth and terrible skin. Tell them about the acrid smell that stays on clothes and hair.  
  • Understand peer pressure: If your teen starts smoking, it’s most likely because their friends smoke too. Talk to your teen about what to say if they are offered a cigarette or a puff on a hookah. Help them practice a response to an offer to smoke.
  • Inform them of the expense: Smoking is super expensive. Your teen needs to know that before they start taking up the habit. Sit them down and go through what a year’s worth of cigarettes would cost. Talk to them about what else they could buy with that money (clothes, electronics, makeup, etc.)

Solstice can help

Many times, teens begin smoking because they’re struggling with anxiety and depression. Solstice helps teen girls ages 14-18 struggling with emotional and behavioral difficulties.

For more information about Solstice, call today at (866) 278-3345.

Teen eating disorders: Talking to your teen about a potential eating issue

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If you notice your teen is skipping meals, only taking a bite or two of their food every meal, or running to the bathroom every time dinner’s over, it may be a sign she has a teen eating disorder of some kind. Even if it turns out to be something else, it’s important to have a conversation with her about teen eating disorders and their dangerous ramifications.

What do I say?

Talking to your teen about teen eating disorders may seem like an intimidating conversation to have. You may be having thoughts like, “what if she does have an eating disorder and I’m only going to make things worse with this talk” or “if she doesn’t have an eating disorder she may become self conscious about the way she eats”. Whatever you’re thinking, push those thoughts out. If you’re noticing any symptoms of teen eating disorders, you need to talk to your daughter about it. No matter what. Here are some pointers for this conversation:

  • Start the conversation right after you notice her carrying out one of the worrisome habits (like after she returns from the bathroom after dinner). That way, you can point out the behavior while it’s happening and she can’t deny it. 
  • Make sure your daughter is comfortable talking about it. Before going off on a rant about your worries, ask her if it’s okay for you to share what’s on your mind. If she’s not open to listening, nothing is going to come from this conversation.
  • Be straightforward about your worries. Instead of beating around the bush, tell her with compassion and love that you think she has an eating disorder because you’ve noticed X and Y symptoms.
  • Be prepared with a plan. Don’t go into this conversation without an endgame in mind. If she admits to having a problem, you need to have a professional already set up to speak to. This is a problem that needs to be addressed sooner rather than later.
  • Don’t blame yourself. This is not your fault or your daughter’s fault. You can work through this together as a family.

For additional help

If your daughter has been experiencing mild eating issues, please consider Solstice residential treatment center for teen girls ages 14-18.

For more information about Solstice, please call (866) 278-3345.

Fewer than 25 Percent of Teen Bullying Victims Get Treatment

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According to a study published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, less than a quarter of victims of teen bullying get the necessary help they need. This is alarming because almost a third of all adolescents are bullied at some point.

Teen bullying can lead to serious issues

Being the victim of or partaking in teen bullying has been linked to multiple, very serious issues. These issues include depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, and many more. In a study conducted by the National Institutes of Health, researchers found that those that had been cyber-bullied had a much higher risk of developing depression.

Telltale signs that your teen is being bullied

Identifying when your child is the victim of teen bullying is extremely important. The earlier you can get your child treatment, the better the outcome will be. Knowing the common signs of bullying could save your child from a lifetime of depression or anxiety. According to the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, warning signs of bullying include:

  • Sudden drop in school performance
  • Belongings frequently missing
  • Unexplained scrapes/bruises
  • Becoming more withdrawn
  • Lower self-esteem
  • Frequently “sick” or scared to go to school
  • Bullying others
  • Substance abuse

If you believe your child is portraying any of these warning signs, it’s important to seek out help. Many programs and treatments exist in order to better the lives of those struggling with bullying.

Solstice RTC can help

Solstice RTC is a residential treatment center for struggling teen girls. We treat girls with issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma, and many more. Through comprehensive therapy and a healing environment, we lead girls back onto a positive path with a brighter future.

For more information about how Solstice RTC deals with teen bullying, contact us today at (866) 278-3345.

A safe community: Milieu therapy and how it works

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Milieu is a French word that refers to the social environment of the individual. Milieu therapy is a type of treatment that involves changing this environment in the hope that it will encourage a student to develop new coping strategies. This treatment will usually involve a long-term residential stay within a therapeutic community but it can involve adapting the home life to create a more supportive environment. The aim is to create the right environment where change can take place. This approach has been used for over a century in the treatment of psychiatric disorders and other behavioral problems.

What is Milieu Therapy?

Milieu therapy is based on the theory that the individual can rely on their own inner strengths to change undesirable behaviors. Autonomy and personal responsibility is a key element, but there is also the assumption that social interactions can benefit the individual.

Peer pressure is seen as a powerful force that can compel people to adapt to the environment. The impact of peer pressure can be increased through regular feedback sessions within the group. 

How Milieu Therapy Works

Milieu therapy works by manipulating the environment in order to benefit the client. This can involve living within a community where life is structured. The interaction of those in the group is important because positive change occurs due to these encounters with one another. Students are able to provide constructive feedback to one another, and work to solve problems together. The main role of the therapist is to focus on facilitating and observing.

In this type of therapy, the client is expected to take responsibility for their own welfare as well as the welfare of others in the group. The individual learns to develop relationship skills as well as improve their adaptive coping strategies. There will usually be agreed upon rules and expectations the group will work together to enforce. The goal is that everything within the client’s environment should be therapeutic.

Milieu Therapy Provides a Safe Community

A safe community is one where the student is able to develop and learn. The pressures of living in the outside world may mean that the individual finds it difficult to cope. This inability to deal with life can make it harder for positive change to occur. In Milieu treatment programming, the environment stressors will be kept to a minimum and efforts ill be made to eliminate those conditions that can trigger negative reactions from the individual. This removal of threats to the client creates the ideal therapeutic environment. Treatment in this controlled environment will give the student the opportunity to learn new coping mechanisms so that they will be able to better deal with the outside world. There is also a focus on predictability in routine so that the client can develop trust, and further increase the sense of being in a safe environment.

The Benefits of Milieu Therapy

Milieu therapy can produce a number of benefits for students who take part in this type of program.

  • The individual learns to take responsibility for their own behavior and the behavior of others in the group
  • The environment feels safe to the client and this makes it easier for them to share their problems and be open about themselves
  • Regular feedback from others in the group allows the student to see how their behavior impacts the community
  • During their time in such a therapeutic community, the individual will be taught new coping strategies that will make life easier to deal with back in the real world

If you feel this type of treatment would be a good fit for your child, call (800) 264-8709 to learn more about Solstice. Solstice is a residential treatment center that has many years of expertise and looks forward to helping you and your family today.

Is the Rate of Teen Self-Harm Rising?

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In a study posted in the US National Library of Medicine, researchers found that the rate of teen self-harm may be increasing. In later studies, only 7 to 13 percent of teens engaged in self-harming behavior; recent studies put it at 33 to 50 percent. 

Though self-injury is considered a non-suicidal behavior, in these studies at least half of teens interviewed reported multiple suicide attempts in the past. Self-harm is obviously a great threat to adolescents, making it extremely important for those struggling with it to get treatment as soon as possible. 

Who is at risk?

Self-harm is much more likely to begin in the adolescent years. Girls are more likely than boys to self-harm. Adolescents who engage in this type of behavior often report doing it because it offers a sense of relief from painful emotions or to escape a feeling of numbness. Those who struggle with eating disorders, depression, or drug/alcohol abuse are at a higher risk of teen self-harm. 

Combating teen self-harm

Those that self-harm often can’t find a healthy way to express their emotions, they need guidance and support. Hoping a teen will grow out of self-harm is not safe or effective. Seeking out professional treatment is one of the best ways to help your teen battle self-injury. Through treatment for self-harm, teens have the opportunity to gain healthy and safe coping strategies that they can practice in daily life.

Solstice RTC can help

Solstice RTC is a residential treatment center for struggling teen girls. We help girls battling depression, anxiety, trauma, teen self-harm, and many more. Through comprehensive therapy and a strong support system, Solstice RTC helps families reunite. With our program, your child can be lead back onto a path to a brighter and healthier future. 

For more information about how Solstice RTC treats teen self-harm, contact us today at (801)815-8700.

Tips to Promote Positive Teen Body Image

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According to the NYC Girl’s Project, as early as middle school 40 to 70 percent of girls dislike at least two parts of their bodies. Girls’ self-esteems take a nosedive at 12-years-old and don’t recover until they reach 20. This raises some serious questions about how our society addresses teen body image. Having a negative body image can take girls down a dangerous path, making it imperative that parents and their daughters know how to create a positive teen body image. 

Effects of a negative teen body image

The teenage years are full of physical and emotional change, making it an already difficult time to be comfortable in your own skin. Then you pile on how the media, your peers, and society tell you to look and it becomes even more difficult.

According to Mayo Clinic, a negative body image can make a girl feel inadequate as a person. Obsession with body image and looking a certain way can become unhealthy. All of these increase the risk of developing an eating disorder, depression, or low self-esteem. 

Tips to create a positive body image

Being a teenager can be confusing without guidance, that’s why it’s important for parents to step up and help lead their daughters towards a positive teen body image. A few tips from the US Department of Health and Human Services on how to encourage a healthy body image include:

  • Help her understand puberty: It’s strange to not know what’s going on inside your body, it can even become scary. Clarifying that puberty is a time of immense change, including weight fluctuation, can really help your daughter understand what she’s going through.
  • Compliment her: Recognizing when your daughter did well through her efforts, talents, or personal values is important in boosting positive self-esteem.
  • Talk to her: Make sure your daughter knows you’re there if she has any questions or issues, just voicing your support can be a huge help.
  • Practice positive body image yourself: If your daughter sees that you don’t practice what you preach, it undermines the value of the message. Make sure you’re avoiding negative statements about size, weight, or food.

Solstice RTC can help

Solstice RTC is a residential treatment center for struggling teen girls. We help lead girls through difficult issues, such as trauma, negative teen body image, depression, and many more. We help families heal.

For more information about how Solstice RTC can help your daughter, call us today at (801)815-8700.

Beating the Monster: Diagnosing and Treating Teen Anxiety

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Teens have it rough. In addition to experiencing constant change in their bodies and emotions, they are expected to juggle the pressures of school, extracurriculars and a social life in order to be considered successful. The stress caused by this pressure can lead to anxiety in teens. Teen anxiety can be absolutely crippling to a teen’s academic and social success. Identifying anxiety and getting it treated are extremely important for your teen’s overall well being.

Causes of teen anxiety

Teen anxiety might be caused by a number of factors. The most common of those factors are genetic, environmental and physical. Teens influenced by genetic factors oftentimes have relatives with anxiety issues, which increases their risk of having anxiety. Environmental factors influence teen anxiety if a teen has experienced some sort of trauma,

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such as a sudden death in the family, moving or parental divorce. Physical factors were found to cause anxiety in some teens through changes in brain activity.

Symptoms of teen anxiety

Teen anxiety can oftentimes be caused by an anxiety disorder, such as generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder or a panic disorder. Symptoms vary from disorder to disorder. Generally, if your teen is experiencing the following symptoms, they are experiencing some form of teen anxiety:

  • Feeling on edge
  • Obsessive behaviors and thoughts
  • A combination of physical symptoms, such as sweating, shortness of breath, trembling, stomach aches or headaches
  • Irritability
  • Dizziness
  • Difficulties concentrating
  • Restlessness

If your teen is experiencing any of these symptoms, be sure to find help as soon as possible. Symptoms might escalate and negatively affect your teen’s life.

Negative impact

Teen anxiety can co-occur with other mental health issues teens often struggle with. These can include: depression, ADHD, substance abuse or eating disorders. In addition to co-occurring with other issues, anxiety in teens can cause:

  • Poor performance in school
  • Low self-esteem
  • Behavioral issues
  • Lifelong anxiety issues

Getting help for your teen is absolutely essential in order to avoid any further issues.

Helping your teen

If your teen’s anxiety issues are damaging their ability to live a happy, productive life, you need to find help for them. Getting professional help for their anxiety issues is a great way to get them the help they need. Another option is sending them to a residential treatment center.

Solstice RTC, a residential treatment center for teen girls ages 14-18, takes a holistic approach when it comes to treating teen anxiety and other teen struggles. Instead of treating the “problem area” itself, like anxiety, Solstice treats the entire individual. With a caring, experienced staff, Solstice is passionate about helping teen girls get back on the right track.

For more information about Solstice RTC and how we can help your daughter overcome anxiety issues, please call us today at (866) 278-3345.


Building Self Esteem In A World That Wants To Tear It Down

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Turn on the TV. Open a magazine. What do you see? A thin, “flawless,” photoshopped woman on every channel or page. Girls are reduced to objects of advertisement for anything from food to clothing to cars. Media sends the message that the sole value of a girl rests in her physical appearance.

Young girls’ self image are at an all time low. In this world where girls are trapped by misrepresentation, building self esteem is the only way out.

Low self-esteem is a thinking disorder in which an individual views him/herself as inadequate, unlovable and/or incompetent. Once formed, this negative view permeates every thought, producing faulty assumptions and ongoing self-defeating behavior. – Dosomething.org 

The problem is real

Did you know that seven out of every 10 girls believe that they are not good enough or substandard in some way? This includes appearance, relationships with family and friends and academic performance. Did you, also, know that 80 percent of 10-year-old girls fear becoming “fat”? And, 40 to 70 percent of middle school girls are dissatisfied by two or more parts of their body. By the time they are 12 to 15 years old, levels of satisfaction in body and appearance plummets to an all time low.

75 precent of girls with low self-esteem reported engaging in negative activities like cutting, bullying, smoking, drinking or disordered eating. – 11 Facts about Teens and Self Esteem

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How can you take part in building self esteem?

In a study, teen girls indicated that their top wish is for better communication with their parents including more frequent and open conversations. As a parent that is your prerogative ; talk to your daughter.

  • Tell her she is beautiful and valued and that the media lies. Avoid supporting or indulging in programs or products that portray women unfairly and inappropriately.
  • Support her by showing her movies and stories that feature strong female protagonists or leads. Expose your daughter to women who have power and success. The media is partially to blame for lowering positive self image in teen girls, but it can also be used as a tool for building self esteem.

Solstice RTC works hard in building self-esteem

If you have a 14 to 18-year-old daughter struggling with low self-esteem and body image, Solstice RTC can help. Solstice is a residential treatment center that integrates tools for building self-esteem in everyday conversations and activities.

Call Solstice RTC today at (866) 278-3345 for more information!