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Author: Stacie Allphin

Stacie Allphin is the Director of Adolescent Services at Memorial Hermann’s Prevention and Recovery Center (PaRC). She has implemented several new therapeutic activities such as equine therapy and facilitated group drumming, guitar classes and art expressions. She is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor and a National Certified Addiction Counselor (NCAC). She has been in the addictions field since 1999.

Posted Jan. 19, 2017, 3:58 p.m. by Stacie Allphin | View Comments
marijuana therapy

As marijuana becomes legal in more and more states, it may be tempting to overlook its use among teenagers. But those of us who work in the world of drug addiction at Memorial Hermann Prevention and Recovery Center, think there is still reason for concern. One reason: Levels of the intoxicating substance in pot – delta-9tetrahydrocannibinol, commonly known as THC – are much higher now than they were in the era of Woodstock. From the 1970s to 1990s, the average amount of THC found in confiscated marijuana was about 3.7 percent, according to an NBC report on a 2015 Colorado ...

Posted Nov. 18, 2015, 9 a.m. by Stacie Allphin | View Comments
Teen Stress, Suicide, and Substance Use

The years prior to adulthood are often thought of as the most enjoyable time of life. However, teens these days are exposed to more stimuli and stress than ever. These additional stressors can create the perfect foundation for depression, substance use, or suicide if not addressed appropriately. Take, for instance, cell phone induced stress. Cell phones became available and common to the general public in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The first texting phone wasn’t introduced until 1997. This means the first generation of teens to grow up with smartphones were those born after 1990. Although these devices help ...