Emily Mendez, MS, EdS

Emily Mendez is a mental health writer and expert with more than a decade of experience in mental health and substance abuse. As a former private practice psychotherapist, Emily specialized in treating adults and children suffering from depression, anxiety disorders, PTSD, and substance abuse. Emily is interested in the interplay between physical illness and mental health and is the author of Four Behavioral Treatments for Migraines Worth Trying.

  • Credentials: Ed.S in Counselor Education, Master's in Community Counseling, Bachelor's in Psychology
  • Expertise: Mental illness, addiction, psychotherapy, wellness and mental health, evidence-based treatments

Written By Emily

What to Do If Your Teen Resists Going to Addiction Treatment

The teen years are a common time for drug experimentation.1 During adolescence, certain brain regions that play a key role in functions such as self-control are still developing. This may help to explain why teens are more likely to exhibit impulsive actions and risky behaviors that provide instan... [Read More]

How to Identify Marijuana Abuse

Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States.1 Because marijuana is legal for medical and recreational use in some states, a growing number of young people don’t believe that marijuana use is hazardous.1 However, there are many risks and consequences associated with mariju... [Read More]

What Are the Newest Ways Teens Abuse Substances?

Though teenagers have abused drugs and alcohol for a long time, how they do it has evolved over the years. While alcohol and cigarettes may have been popular in the 1950s, and marijuana or LSD in the 1960s, these days, adolescents are discovering new ways to abuse common substances like alcohol, as ... [Read More]

A Guide on Teen Interventions

Many people first try drugs in their teenage years. And while parents sometimes chalk up drug use to experimentation or minimize the significance of it, there is a well-documented association between teen substance use and problems such as risky sexual behaviors, motor vehicle accidents, mental heal... [Read More]

How to Help an Addict or Alcoholic Child

No matter how hard you try to make sure your kids don’t use drugs or alcohol, your son or daughter may still become addicted to these substances. One day, you might discover that your son has been using marijuana on a regular basis or that your daughter has become addicted to pain pills after taki... [Read More]

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