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Teen Vaping Epidemic

Hey Readers!

Please take a look at the article below written by one of our local doctors, Dr. Louise Stanger! She discusses the growing epidemic of teens vaping flavored nicotine and marijuana.

Teen Vaping: From Flavored to Marijuana, An Alarming Epidemic Grows

If your teen is struggling with vaping, please contact the 417 Recovery team at (760)565-2998 for a free assessment.

Keep an eye out for our upcoming Q & A with Dr. Stanger on an epidemic that is affecting our teens from Indio to Palm Springs and all cities in between.

Teens & THC in the Coachella Valley

Marijuana is now legal for adults over 21 in California and advertisements for marijuana dispensaries are popping up all over the Coachella Valley.  Studies have shown that teens who see marijuana billboards or visible storefronts are more likely to use marijuana in the future.  Billboards advertising marijuana dispensaries and growing spaces for lease are spread out on Interstate 10 as you enter the Coachella Valley. Take a drive down highway 111 from Palm Springs to Indio and you will probably lose count of the number of dispensaries you pass, it’s virtually impossible for our local youth to avoid marijuana.

Smoking marijuana isn’t the only way to get high. THC, the psychoactive chemical in marijuana, can be ingested in snacks like cookies and gummy bears or “vaped.” Dispensaries sell edibles which can easily be concealed by teens. Your child can eat these snacks in your living room, classroom, or anywhere else. It’s odorless and you won’t know the difference. Highly concentrated oils can be consumed in vape pens which are easy to hide and dissipate more quickly than traditional smoking. No more secluded spots in the desert or waiting until mom and dad leave the house, teens these days can eat an edible marijuana snack or take a quick hit off a vape pen in their bedroom.

417 Recovery Palm Desert has noticed an increase in teen marijuana use in Palm Desert and surrounding cities. Some signs of marijuana use include:

  • acting out of character
  • Isolating themselves
  • increased irritability
  • Poor memory
  • loss of interest and motivation in school and other usual activities
  • red or “bloodshot eyes”
  • Hanging out with new friends that use marijuana
  • stealing money or having money without having a job
  • paraphernalia (rolling papers, pipes, lighters, Visine)

Marijuana use can have long-term consequences such as physical ailments and mental health disorders. If you believe your child may be struggling with marijuana use, please contact 417 Recovery Palm Desert to schedule a free assessment.

Teen Depression: Palm Springs

Teen depression can feel crippling.  It affects all family members, not just the individual teen suffering from depression.  417 Recovery is your solution.  Conveniently located in Palm Desert, our local teens are able to attend our program three to five days a week based on their need.  Because 417 Recovery provides an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) your teenager is able to continue attending school, sports and other activities on a daily basis.  By integrating therapy with your teenager’s daily life their depression symptoms and triggers can be addressed swiftly.

Depression tends to run in families.  As a result, we encourage not just the patient to seek treatment but we can help provide resources for other family members who may be in need.  Group therapy with your teenager is a key component and shows an increased rate of success. 

20% of teenagers are diagnosed with depression before they reach adulthood.  Depressed teens who are undiagnosed and untreated may resort to suicide.  Contact 417 Recovery in the Greater Palm Springs area to help evaluate if your teen is suffering from depression or just the normal stressors of coming of age.  417 Recovery’s clinical team of certified counselors, licensed therapists and psychiatrist will provide your teen with the help they need to overcome their depression and take back their life.

417 Recovery are proud to service the Greater Palm Springs community.  Teenage depression has been on the rise and children are being diagnosed earlier in their childhood.  If you live in the Greater Palm Springs area contact us now for a free assessment. 

National No Name Calling Week: January 21st- 25th

417 Recovery Palm Deserts recognizes National No Name Calling Week which takes place January 21st -25th, 2019. No Name-Calling Week was founded in 2004 by Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing and evaluated by GLSEN research (GLSEN, Inc. 2019). Educators and students alike come together during the designated week in order to bring to light the importance of ending name-calling and bullying in schools. 417 Recovery Palm Desert works directly with clients who have been victims and offenders of bullying.

While name calling may seem innocent between friends and peers it can push over to the category of bullying. The National Center for Educational Statistics (2016) report shows that 20.8 percent of students between the ages of 12-18 reported being bullied, and 13.3 percent of students reported being bullied in the form of insults, name calling, and being made fun of. Although name calling and bullying is often perceived as a normal behavior, or a rite of passage in young people’s lives, the results of name calling and bullying can have an adverse effect on an individual’s life.
Students who are targets of bullying experience physical, school, and mental health issues. Those that are bullied report a drop in academic achievement, sleeping difficulties, poor self-image, feelings of loneliness, disinterest in activities they used to enjoy, and mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.

Signs of a child being bullied:
• Change in eating habits
• Decline in grades
• Decreased self esteem and feelings of helplessness
• Difficulty sleeping
• Lost or destroyed personal items such as clothing, electronics, jewelry
• Self-destructive behaviors such as self-harm, running away from home, thoughts of suicide
• Somatic symptoms
• Sudden loss of friends or isolation
• Unexplained injuries

Signs of a child bullying others:
• Blaming others for their problems
• Increasingly aggressive
• Getting into physical or verbal fights
• Gets sent to detention frequently
• Doesn’t accept responsibility for their actions

417 Recovery Palm Desert’s central goal is to administer a wide range of evidence-based practices in working with our clients to discover hidden emotional wellbeing conditions that may be influenced by bullying. If you or someone you know may be a victim or an offender of bullying contact us today to schedule a free assessment.


Aboud, F., & Miller, L. (2007). Promoting peer intervention in name-calling. South African Journal of Psychology, 37(4), 803-819. doi:
GLSEN,Inc.. (2019). No name-calling week. Retrieved from
U.S. Department of Education. (2016). Student Reports of Bullying: Results From The 2015 School Crime Supplement To The National Crime Victimization Survey. Retrieved from

Teen Mental Health in Palm Desert

417 Recovery in Palm Desert elevates teenagers, kids, young people, and their distressed families from issues of mental health and well-being. We serve the Coachella Valley and remote desert areas to help support teenagers and their families to manufacture and maintain solid, productive, lives that empower them to develop better connections; seek significant work/instruction and inter personal exercises; and cultivate a fulfilling feeling as well as a network of support that will add to prosperity and sound ways of life now and for the duration of their lives.

417 Recovery in Palm Desert does this by giving assessment, evaluation, treatment goals, clinical mediation, and input by methods of treatment that incorporates the teenager, kid/youthful, and his or her family. We achieve this mission via preparing clinicians to hold fast to the most elevated moral benchmarks of training and in the qualities and approach inborn in the treatment focuses programs.

Mental Health and Substance Abuse for teens in Palm Desert

417 Recovery Palm Desert gives treatment for teens concerning alcohol abuse, habitual prescription use, emotional wellness conditions and double analysis (co-occurring substance abuse and psychological instability). We offer outpatient treatment programs for young people. We offer help for families. We have a wonderful treatment office in Palm Desert.

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417 Outpatient Programs

A careful appraisal by a 417 admission clinician will decide whether your adolescent meets the criteria for our outpatient programs. Once in program your adolescent is furnished with a multi-disciplinary group of caring specialists, therapist attendants, advisors and different experts to aid in the restorative procedure. An exhaustive and individualized treatment design is created and executed to better assemble treatment goals, family support criteria and specialized client instruction in light of your adolescent's recognized objectives.

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417 Mental Health Awareness

Depression Signs and symptoms Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood Feelings of hopelessness, pessimism Feelings of worthlessness, helplessness Loss of interest in hobbies or activities Feeling exhausted or “slowed down” Difficulty concentrating, remembering, making decisions Trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or oversleeping Appetite and/or weight changes Restlessness, irritability Unexplained aches and pains Thoughts of death or suicide, self harm

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What is 417 Recovery?

417 offers comprehensive, clinically-based treatment for adolescents and their families who are struggling with substance abuse, co-occurring disorders, as well as mental health issues. Our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) allows adolescents to live at home and continue with school, work or other activities while receiving treatment. Our clients generally attend the program three to five days per week, based on medical necessity. We offer true individualized care, ensuring that all of our clients have a treatment plan tailored to specifically meet their unique needs.

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