Where Do Teens Get Drugs?

where do teens get drugs?

The 2017 Monitoring the Future (MTF) study of drug use and attitudes among teens found that the use of illicit drugs other than marijuana is at its lowest level in over two decades. The figures are as follows:

  • 8 percent among 8th graders.
  • 4 percent among 10th graders.
  • 3 percent among 12th graders.

However, just because these figures are lower than in years past is no reason for complacency. The percentages show that some adolescents are still using nonprescription and prescription drugs of one kind or another. To read the full MTF report, click here.

How Easy is it for Teens to Obtain Drugs?

As a parent, you may be surprised to learn that teenagers often find it easier to get drugs than to acquire alcohol. Of course, every parent wants to prevent their teen from getting a hold of these harmful substances, so it helps to know how teens manage to acquire drugs so easily. Below is a review of where adolescents find it possible to get drugs.

At Home

Most homes have medicine cabinets containing drugs of various kinds. It’s easy for a teen to take a few pills from a bathroom cabinet or the cabinet of a friend’s house. New drug experimenters in their early teens are more likely to try prescription drugs than any other kind of drug. They may find they can get a quick high with Xanax or OxyContin. It’s a good idea not to hang on to leftover prescription pills and to keep your medicine cabinet locked.

  • How Teens Get Addicted to Drugs – Unfortunately, if adolescents continue to use these drugs, they need higher and higher dosages to achieve the same effect, and this eventually ends up as a full-blown drug dependency. As a parent, you should pay attention if you find you are having to refill your prescriptions faster than you expect.

At School

Most parents are unaware that many drug transactions take place on school premises where teenagers sell drugs they have acquired to others. At school, teens may be able to access a large pool of different drugs provided by teen distributors operating under the radar of school authorities.


It should come as no surprise that a number of drug vendors take advantage of the internet.

  • The Dark Web – The dark web is the encrypted “underworld” of the internet that cannot be accessed without special software or authorization. Despite the takedown in 2013 of a very active online drug marketplace called Silk Road, similar shady websites remain alive. Today’s teenagers are tech-savvy, and many understand how to access the dark web in order to purchase drugs online.
  • Online Pharmacies – Outside of the dark web, the internet is full of pharmacies that offer drugs for sale illegally, many of them based outside of the U.S. Adolescents can go online and order a wide choice of prescription medications that are shipped in discreet packaging.

The Dangers of Online Drugs

A teen can have no idea whether the drug they have purchased is what they intended to acquire. Moreover, many of these businesses are not selling what they claim to be selling. If they are only selling sugar pills, this is just harmless fraud. However, they could be selling potentially deadly medications – there is no way that an adolescent can know the actual dosage strength of a medication purchased online, making overdosing a real possibility.

Where Can I get Help in Arizona for my Teen with a Drug Addiction

If you suspect your adolescent has a drug abuse problem, talk to Doorways. We  can recommend resources to help you and your teen. Adolescent drug abuse is a serious problem, and you need the help of trained professionals. Contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation.

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6 Tips for Getting Your Teen to Talk to You

Do you find that trying to have a conversation with your teen is heavy going and that you miss the chatty child they used to be? Do they respond to your questions with sighs, eye rolls, and not uncommonly, a door slam? Although it might seem your adolescent has transformed from their younger talkative self almost overnight, this change in behavior is actually quite normal.

Why do Teens Stop Talking?

Teens are trying to figure out who they are and become independent. They develop a strong desire to limit how much information they disclose about themselves. However, they do want to have conversations with their parents, but on their own terms. Not yours. If you understand this, you can improve the dialogue between you and your adolescent, but it does take patience, time and practice. Here are six suggestions to improve the conversational flow:

Tips for getting your teen to talk to you

  1. Ask Indirect Questions

Instead of jumping in feet first and demanding, “Were there drugs at the party?” Consider asking: “How many kids were at the party?” Your teen is much more likely to talk if you don’t make them feel they’re under an interrogation. So, if you start with an innocuous question to get the conversation going, you’re more likely to get the answer to the question that you really want answered.

  1. Listen, Listen, Listen

It’s important to control any impulse to interrupt because once you do, they’re likely to shut down. Just let them talk and vent if they want. Your teen will be so appreciative when you allow them to express themselves and they know you’re concentrating on what they’re saying.

  1. Stay Calm

Once you overreact and get angry or upset, they will clam up, because you’re giving them the impression that you can’t cope with what you hear. It’s quite possible you may get agitated at what you are being told but try to breathe deeply and present as calm a demeanor as possible so that they will continue to be open with you.

  1. Try Not to Judge

Teenagers care how they come across to their parents. If your teen gets the slightest hint of disapproval – even from nonverbal cues – they are likely to call a halt to the conversation. It’s much better to wait until your adolescent has completely filled you in. If you are alarmed at what you have heard, give yourself a chance to calm down before talking to them about your concerns.

  1. Be Available

Adolescents are very sensitive to what they perceive as a lack of interest and availability on the part of their parents. So, set aside some time in your busy schedule to be available so they have a chance to talk to you. When they’re in a room with you, consider turning off your computer or the TV so that you can give your full, undivided attention.

  1. Initiate One-on-one Talks

Conversations just between the two of you, with no other audience present (like siblings), will be much appreciated because teens are both private and self-conscious. Respect their desire for privacy and choose a time to talk when the two of you can be alone.

Why is Good Communication with My Teen Important?

Parents should not underestimate the value of good communication with their teen. An adolescent who can communicate well with their parents is more likely to make good decisions, is less susceptible to pressure from peers, and will tend to have better self-esteem.

If You Need Help with Your Teen

It could be that, despite your best efforts, you still aren’t communicating very well with your teen. You might be wondering if this is because they have a serious problem that you’ve been unable to discover. The teenage years can involve a whole host of issues – underage drinking, drug abuse, eating disorders, depression, and cyber-bullying, to name just a few. Doorways is here to give you some help. Our counselors are trained to get adolescents to open up about their problems, so set up an initial, no-charge consultation with us. We can help improve communication between you and your teen.

Why do Teens and Young Adults Abuse Alcohol?

Why do teens and young adults abuse alcohol?

Drinking alcohol commonly begins in the teenage years. Alcohol has become an alarmingly common component of teenage and college parties. Unfortunately, underage drinking is on the rise because many teens are not waiting until they reach the legal drinking age of twenty-one. Many adolescents regard alcohol consumption as just a way to have a good time and are unaware of the damaging effect it can have on themselves and how it might impact their families, their communities, and their futures. In fact, underage drinking is rightly regarded as a widespread public health concern.

How Many Teens are Drinking Alcohol?

Alcohol is the drug of choice for many high school students. The 2017 government Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) asked high schoolers about their alcohol consumption during the prior thirty days and published the following results:

  • 33% had imbibed an alcoholic drink. This represents an increase since 2015 and reverses the downward trend of the previous decade. Among these students, about 50% drank on one or two days; and 25% drank on three to five days.
  • 17% had engaged in binge drinking at least once.
  • 5% drank ten or more consecutive drinks within a couple of hours.


To read the full report on alcohol consumption by high school students, click here and scroll down to page 56. The alcohol statistics are taken from the national YRBS study.

What Causes Teens to Become Addicted to Alcohol?

It’s generally accepted that addiction to alcohol does not result from just one cause; rather, it comes about through a complex interplay of genetic, environmental, and physical risk factors. The most well-regarded theories about alcohol addiction include:

  • Peer influence – if using alcohol and getting intoxicated is acceptable and encouraged in a teen peer group, a group member has a higher risk for developing alcoholism.
  • Genetics – Adolescents who have a close relative with an alcohol addiction are four times more likely to develop an addiction than their peers without a similar family history.
  • Family influence – teenagers who live in homes in which alcohol is freely available are at greater risk for abusing alcohol.
  • Effect on the teen brainRepeated use of alcohol can actually change the structure and function of the still-developing brain of an adolescent and result in an addiction.
  • StressTeenagers suffering intense personal stress may turn to alcohol usage as a way to cope with the pressures of their daily lives.

What are the Effects of Alcohol Abuse on Teens and Young Adults?

Whatever the reason for alcohol abuse, one thing is crystal clear – alcohol intoxication has serious long-term ramifications which include the following:

  • Increasing inability to pay attention, leading to a decline in academic performance.
  • Long-lasting difficulties with memory.
  • Masking of mental disorders such as anxiety and depression.
  • Potential to combine alcohol with other drugs such as marijuana or to lead to the usage of hard drugs like cocaine or heroin.
  • Risky sexual activity or becoming the victim or perpetrator of sexual assault.
  • Danger of a serious vehicle accident while drinking and driving or being a passenger where the driver has been drinking.
  • Suicide attempts.
  • Serious health risks. In particular there has been a spike in liver disease among young adults.

How Can I tell if my Teen or Young Adult is Abusing Alcohol?

The signs of alcohol abuse will vary greatly based upon the amount and frequency of alcohol consumed, whether other drugs are also used, and individual genetic makeup. The most common signs of alcohol abuse in young people include the following:

Behavioral Symptoms:

  • Drastic decline in academic performance.
  • Loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities.
  • Sudden, inexplicable need for money.
  • Increased interpersonal conflicts.
  • Unusually passive or argumentative behaviors.
  • Changes in sleep patterns.

Physical Symptoms:

  • Deterioration in personal hygiene.
  • Glazed, bloodshot eyes; flushed skin.
  • Slurred or garbled speech; problems with coordination.

You may not be able to smell alcohol on a young person’s breath or clothes. Young people know that vodka does not have a smell, and they may hide an alcohol aroma by mixing alcohol with fruit juice, soda, etc. If you think your teen may be drinking alcohol, you should check any beverage bottles that they take to school.

Where can I Get Help for Teen and Young Adult Drinking in Arizona?

If you are the parent of an adolescent or young adult with a drinking problem, you may not know what to do. At Doorways we have trained counselors who are experienced in dealing with alcohol problems in the 13-25 age group. If your teen or young adult is drinking, this is a serious problem so don’t hesitate to make an appointment with us – there is no charge for an initial consultation.

10 Reasons Teens Go to Therapy

10 reasons teens go to therapy

Many teens might find it beneficial to meet with therapists specializing in 13-25 year olds to discuss their problems. Teens frequently find it easier to open up to a trained counselor than to talk to their parents about what might be troubling them. Therapy doesn’t have to be reserved only for major concerns or life altering issues. In fact, sessions with a therapist can prevent minor issues from turning into bigger ones. There are many reasons why teen counseling might be appropriate – the following discusses ten of them.

1. Depression

Mood swings are common during the adolescent years. However, if a teen seems to be having difficulty snapping out of their moodiness and is irritable, sad, and withdrawn, they might be suffering from depression. An accurate diagnosis of depression and early intervention are key components to effective treatment.

2. Anxiety Disorders

Now and again, all teens will worry about various issues, but some experience more intense, longer-lasting anxiety. They may feel tense and anxious about speaking in front of the class, not measuring up to their parents’ academic expectations, or they may be constantly worrying that bad things are going to happen. Therapy could be the key to easing these and other fears.

3. Stress

Modern teenagers have to deal with a lot of stress. They may be stressed out because of pressure to ace an exam or worried about getting into a good college after high school. Persistent high levels of stress can have lasting adverse effects on a teen’s health. Therapy can help a teen learn life-lasting skills to manage stress successfully.

4. Low Self-Esteem

The majority of adolescents will struggle with self-confidence issues at one time or another. However, a serious self-esteem issue should not be left unaddressed as it puts the teen at a higher risk for more severe problems like academic failure, self-harm, and substance abuse. Sessions with a therapist can help raise the level of a teen’s self-esteem.

5. School-Related Problems

There are numerous school-related issues that a teen may have problems with. For example, issues may involve failing to fit in with peers, non-acceptance by a clique, being bullied, dislike of a teacher, or failing grades. Therapy can provide teens with valuable support and teach them ways to help navigate the stresses of high school life successfully.

6. Behavioral Problems

Behavioral problems may involve a teen being suspended from school, repeatedly violating their parents’ curfew limits, or behaving aggressively towards family members or friends. Some reasons a teen is behaving badly may be related to social problems, skill deficits, or mental health issues. A therapist can help get to the bottom of what may be driving this inappropriate behavior.

7. Trauma

Teens can find it much harder to handle trauma than adults. In fact, a traumatic event, like a car accident or a sexual assault, can have a lifelong negative impact on a teen. Counseling can be very effective in helping to increase the teen’s resilience to the effects of the trauma and reduce the impact of the traumatic event on the adolescent’s current and future life.

8. Grief

It can be extraordinarily difficult for a teen to cope with the loss of a loved family member or a close friend. Teens grieve deeply but often have difficulty in sharing how they feel with their parents. A counselor who specializes in working with young people can help a teen sort out their feelings, make sense of their loss, and cope with their grief.

9. Substance Abuse

Unfortunately, the use of drugs, alcohol, and vaping can turn into serious dependency problems for teenagers. A counselor trained to assess teenage substance abuse can advise parents of the most appropriate course to take.  The form treatment takes will be dependent upon the severity of the substance abuse and could involve individual therapy, group therapy, detox, or residential treatment.

10. Legal Problems

Unfortunately, teens sometimes get into trouble with the law. Reasons include underage drinking, fighting, or shoplifting. Sometimes, they will end up on probation and are required to receive counseling. Whether counseling is mandatory or not, therapy can help a teen learn how to make wiser choices in future so that further brushes with the law can be avoided.

Where is the Best Teen Counseling in the Phoenix Area?

If you think talking to a therapist would be beneficial for your teen, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with Doorways. Our counselors are trained to help teens with their problems be they big or small. Whether your adolescent could benefit from just a few short counseling sessions or needs longer-term therapy, we can make a big difference to your teen’s overall well-being. So make a no-obligation, free-of-charge appointment with us today.

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6 Ways for More Purposeful Parenting of Teens

6 Ways for More Purposeful Parenting of Teens

The U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services has designated July as Purposeful Parenting Month, so let’s think about what this means when it comes to your teenager. Purposeful parenting is about being an active, engaged parent, and providing your adolescent with the best support to enable a meaningful future life. Here are six things you need to know or do to be a more purposeful parent.

  1. Adolescents Live in the Present

Teens in the early and middle years of high school are not usually spending a lot of time thinking about college and the future. They might just want to hang out with friends, listen to the latest music, or play video games. It’s important to understand that teens typically live in the here and now. To adolescents, the future seems way off in the distance. However, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to instill some sense of direction into your teen’s life as preparation for the years ahead.

  1. Teens May Be Afraid

One of the main reasons many teenagers seem to have little ambition about their future is because they are scared of it. Adolescents are reluctant to acknowledge and admit their fears, especially to their parents, but most are afraid of the responsibilities they’ll face when they are no long living at home. They also worry they won’t be able to get a good job. And, these days, going to college often means ending up with a huge debt. These concerns make looking ahead scary and uncertain.

  1. Keep an Open Mind

Adolescents can have interests that their parents don’t particularly like or think worthwhile. However, it’s hard to have a close relationship with your teen if you belittle their interests. Instead, engage your teenager in conversation. For instance, if your adolescent enjoys video games, ask them what aspects of gaming they find the most interesting – the technology, the story-line, the graphics, the competition between players? Offer your adolescent opportunities they will find appealing. For example, you might arrange to tour a studio that creates video games. A supportive approach can help create self-direction and motivation in your teen.

  1. Share Your Own Sense of Purpose

Talk to your teen about what you find purposeful and meaningful in your life and work. Don’t concentrate on how much money you make; rather, try making your teen understand how work serves essential social needs and can also fulfill a personal sense of purpose. If you have a job that you aren’t happy with, talk to your adolescent about how they have the opportunity to do something more purposeful with their lives.

  1. Find Mentors

Adolescents often look to people outside their homes for ideas and inspiration to help them find their own pathways. Be proactive in finding and introducing your teen to people who will inspire them. If your teen’s interest in something increases, give them encouragement to motivate them to learn even more.

  1. Encourage Adventure

If your teen has a deep interest in something, encourage them to dive in more deeply by:

  • Fostering a can-do, optimistic, attitude.
  • Helping to set clear goals and realistic attainment plans.
  • Brainstorming possible solutions to difficulties.
  • Encouraging persistence.
  • Supporting risk-taking to learn new skills.

A Purposeful Relationship with Your Teenager is Possible

Your job as a parent is to create an environment where self-motivation is most likely to flourish. Purposeful parenting is not easy. So, if you find you are having problems with your teen that are impeding your attempts to be a purposeful parent, talk to Doorways to find out how we can help. An initial consultation is free, so take a purposeful step towards solving your problem with your adolescent, by giving us a call.

What To Do When Your Teen Is the Mean Teen

Back in 2004, Tina Fey had no notion that the subject of the movie Mean Girls would become more timely today than it was back then. “It’s just sort of unfortunate that it does,” the Emmy-winning writer and actress said at the recent opening night celebration for her Broadway adaptation of the movie. Although the movie is a comedy, it depicts the bullying mentality of high school girl cliques and the negative effects on the self-esteem of victims. The reason the topic is even more relevant today is because of social media.

Teens Live Their Lives Online

If you have a teen who spends a lot of time online, you worry about what she may be doing or experiencing. You’re probably aware of a problem known as cyberbullying, and you hope that your teen is not on the receiving end of an online bully. However, what if it turns out that your daughter is the “mean girl,” the one doing the bullying? What do you do? The following provides some helpful information and advice.

How Many Teens are Cyberbullies?

In today’s social media environment, cyberbullying is more common than you would like to think. The Cyberbullying Research Center reviewed twenty-seven papers on cyberbullying published in peer-reviewed journals and concluded that, although it’s difficult to come up with an exact figure, about 18% of teens admit to having engaged in cyberbullying. In case you believe that only girls engage in cyberbullying, think again. A survey by a UK think tank revealed that more teen boys than teen girls admit to having engaged in cyberbullying activity.

How Do I Know if my Teen is a Cyberbully?

You can’t address the problem of cyberbullying if you don’t know that it’s going on. If the following signs apply to your adolescent, it may be an indication that they’re engaging in online bullying.

  • They have several social networking accounts on multiple sites.
  • They spend long hours online, perhaps when everyone else is asleep.
  • They quickly hide their mobile device or change the screen on their laptop when you approach.
  • You overhear them insulting or making snarky remarks about another teen.
  • It doesn’t seem to bother them if their words or actions hurt others.
  • They spend time with friends whom you think behave in ways that are mean or uncaring.

Why do Teens Engage in Cyberbullying?

Understanding the reasons why your teen may be an online “mean girl” or “mean boy” is the first step in understanding why this is happening. So, here are some reasons why teenagers bully others in cyberspace.

  • Boredom – Cyberbullying can be a way to inject excitement, drama, and entertainment into an adolescent’s life.
  • Peer pressure – Teens want to fit in and not appear uncool or the odd one out.
  • Status – Cyberbullying can give the perpetrator a feeling of power and status.
  • No sense of harm – An adolescent may not see that they’re doing anything wrong and may regard cyberbullying as a kind of joke.
  • Retribution – A teen might believe that another teen deserves the bullying because they think the victim is stuck up or has stolen someone’s boyfriend or girlfriend.
  • Helplessness – If a teen has been a victim of cyberbullying, they may begin bullying as a defensive behavior.
  • Invincibility – Adolescents believe that because the bullying is online, they won’t get caught. And, they may resort to using anonymous identities to avoid detection.

What to do if Your Teen is a Cyberbully

It can be very upsetting to discover that your adolescent is cyberbullying others. After you’ve given yourself a chance to calm down, prepare yourself to talk to your teen about their actions. Arm yourself with proof that they have been cyberbullying (if you can) and do some research so that you can cite cases where online bullying has led to tragic results.

Talk to Your Teen About Cyberbullying

  • Inform your teenager that you are aware of the cyberbullying. Give them a chance to tell you exactly what they’ve been doing and to what extent. If they deny it, provide evidence if you have any.
  • Try to understand why your adolescent is doing this. Are they attempting to fit in with peers, trying to be more popular, working off feelings of anger about something (divorce or a home move for example), or seeking revenge for being bullied themselves?
  • Explain that this behavior is unacceptable and has to stop. Your teen might say that they were ‘just joking around,’ so try to make them aware that what’s funny to one person might be devastating to another.
  • Attempt to elicit empathy by asking them how they’d feel if someone was doing the same things to them or to someone they love.
  • Let them know that cyberbullying is a serious offense that could lead to trouble with school authorities or even the police.

How to Take Action Against Cyberbullying

  • Monitor your teen’s electronic devices and limit the amount of time they spend online. Consider installing monitoring software on their electronics.
  • If the cyberbullying continues, take away their devices for a period of time.
  • Encourage them to remove hurtful messages, videos, or photos that they have posted.
  • Set up some simple social-media guidelines. For instance, the one-minute rule – before posting something, walk away for a minute and think about whether the post may be hurtful.
  • If their current friends have also been part of the bullying, try to urge your teen to spend less time with them.
  • Consider encouraging them to sincerely apologize to anyone they may have hurt.

Where Can I Get Outside Help for my Teen in Arizona?

An adolescent who has hurt someone else by engaging in cyberbullying needs parental support. If you have discovered that your teen is an online “mean girl” or “mean boy” and it seems too much for you to cope with alone, speak to one of Doorways teen counselors. Our professionals are trained to understand the underlying emotional issues that cause behaviors such as cyberbullying. Make an appointment today for a free, no-obligation consultation.

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Doorways LLC. is a faith-based counseling organization in Phoenix, Arizona, that provides comprehensive outpatient treatment focused exclusively on 13-25-year-olds and their families.

Doorways is growing! We are in the development stage of adding an adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program for substance abuse and will need excellent staff to lead this IOP.

We are seeking a full time or part time LISAC or LASAC (Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor or Licensed Associate Substance Abuse Counselor) or a therapist (LPC, LMFT, LCSW) who has extensive experience with substance abuse treatment.

Doorways provides a supportive, family-focused environment, flexible schedule, competitive salary and benefits, and a fun place to work!


  • Position requires a desire to work in a faith-based multidisciplinary practice with adolescents and their families in an outpatient setting
  • Master’s degree in psychology, counseling, social work or related field
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  • Exceptional communication skills (written and verbal)
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  • Energetic and passionate regarding working with the adolescent and young adult population
  • Possess excellent interpersonal skills and the desire to grow with a rapidly expanding practice
  • Expectation of empaneling with at least one insurance company prior to start of employment if possible (dependent on licensure)
  • 1-3 years experience working with teen and young adult populations
  • Team player willing to work with a multidisciplinary team of professionals in treatment planning and provision of care

To apply for this position please submit a cover letter, resume, and salary requirement to [email protected]

Now Hiring: Licensed Professional Counselor

Doorways LLC. is a faith-based counseling organization in Phoenix, Arizona, that provides comprehensive outpatient treatment focused exclusively on 13-25 year olds and their families. Providers at Doorways specialize in treatment for Eating Disorders, Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, OCD, ADD/ADHD, self-harm, suicide prevention, and family counseling.

We are seeking a full time or part time Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC, LMFT, or LCSW). To apply for this position please submit a cover letter, resume and salary requirement to [email protected]

Doorways provides a supportive, family-focused environment, flexible schedule, competitive salary and benefits, and a fun place to work!


  • Position requires a desire to work in a faith-based multidisciplinary practice with adolescents and their families in an outpatient setting.
  • Expectation of empaneling with at least one insurance company prior to start of employment.
  • Current CPR & First Aid Certifications
  • Fully licensed behavioral health counselor in the state of Arizona.
  • Minimum of three years experience working with 13-25 year old clients and their families.
  • Enthusiastic and positive personality!

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • Experience working with eating disorder clients and families preferred
  • Experience in treating OCD /Social Anxiety and use of ERP therapy preferred
  • Experience in leading DBT groups and working knowledge of DBT skills preferred
  • Energetic and passionate regarding working with the adolescent and young adult population
  • Possess excellent interpersonal skills and the desire to grow with a rapidly expanding practice
  • Team player willing to work with a multidisciplinary team of professionals in treatment planning and provision of care

Submit resume [email protected]