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Using Respect as a Key to Sobriety

Using Respect as a Key to Sobriety

Erich Engelhardt and I wrote earlier blogs on the adolescent brain. In this week’s offering we report some startling new data reflecting just how vulnerable this age group truly is to life-long addictions. At some point information like this, we hope, drives policy. A concerted campaign against smoking has resulted in a dramatic decrease in […]

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Tiles by CASTLE Kids

Tiles by CASTLE Kids

Art is a powerful medium, one that resonates with kids. At CASTLE every kid is given the opportunity to create a tile before they leave the program. They can draw whatever they like, as long as it is not related to glorifying drugs. The tiles reflect the world of the kid, capturing forever this moment […]

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Family Table

Family Table

At CASTLE we take the teenage wish to feel pleasure, to take risks, and to be social, and parlay them into social connectedness and the pleasure that comes from feeling valued and respected by another person. One program that wonderfully illustrates this approach involves sharing the pleasure, risk, and social connectedness of cooking a meal. […]

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Addiction Is Not A Crime But Can Lead To Them

Addiction Is Not A Crime But Can Lead To Them

Addiction is not a crime but can lead to them. This does not mean that the addict is morally deficient, but that the part of the brain responsible for compassion and caring what other people think or feel is being held hostage by that part of the brain responsible for addictions. Over millions of years […]

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The Bike

The Bike

The Brain is a Castle Addiction and the Adolescent This blog will explore the amazing adolescent brain.  The brain itself is a big place in a small space.  And the adolescent brain in particular is one of the most remarkable. I have amazing good fortune to be the Medical Director of a new program that […]