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]


Antabuse, also known by its generic name of disulfiram, is an aldehyde dehydrogenase inhibitor medication that is prescribed for the management of chronic alcoholism. It works by producing a severely unpleasant reaction when a person who is being treated with it drinks or ingests alcohol.1 Antabuse... [Read More]

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