Lauren Villa, MPH

Lauren is a Senior Content Writer at American Addiction Centers (formerly Recovery Brands). Before joining American Addiction Centers, Lauren worked for international non-profit organizations in Bangladesh and the San Francisco Bay Area. She holds a BA in Creative Writing from Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Public Health focused in Maternal and Child Health from University of California, Berkeley.

  • Credentials: Master's in Public Health (University of California, Berkeley)

Written By Lauren

Is The New Drug Of Choice Smartphones?

As the parent of a teenager, there’s a good chance you’ve noticed your child spending a lot of time looking at their smartphone. If you’re concerned about this behavior, you’re not alone. And while there are some potential negative effects of so much smartphone use, it’s not entirely a b... [Read More]

What You Should Know About Teens and Date Rape

If you’re a parent, one of your biggest fears may be having to talk to your child about rape and sexual assault. These crimes affect teens of all genders, sexual orientations, races, and socioeconomic status. Despite widespread stereotypes, teen date rape is not something that only parents of teen... [Read More]

How to Talk to Your Child About Drugs

Most people start using drugs when they are teenagers, and more than half of current drug users are younger than 18.1 Given these facts, many parents want to know how to have a productive conversation with their kids about drugs or alcohol. It is impossible to be a perfect parent, but if you really... [Read More]

Treating Substance Abuse & Co-Occurring Mental Illness

Mental disorders such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, dementia, and schizophrenia are relatively common. Yet what many people don’t know is that these mental health conditions often co-occur with substance use disorders—also known as a dual diagnosis. In order to effectively treat both... [Read More]

Things to Know About the Risks of Party Culture

Partying among teens and young adults may have been viewed as relatively normal behavior in previous generations, yet these days, given the considerable dangers associated with various drugs and drug behaviors, the risks are far greater. Today’s “party culture” is more likely to in... [Read More] is operated by Recovery Brands LLC, a subsidiary of American Addiction Centers, Inc. Learn more about what this means here
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