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The Benefits of Positive Affirmations

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By: Kimberly Hill, MSW, LCSWAn affirmation or "positive affirmation" can be defined as using a phrase or quote to say to yourself in order to help with challenging thoughts. Many people say positive affirmations or read quotes to help change their current mindset or to motivate them to accomplish a task. According to Positive Psychology, "If you fr...
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Drug and Alcohol Facts Week -- Monday March 30- Sunday April 5

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By: Mara Carlin, Coordinator of Coalition and Community ProgramsThis week marks the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) 10th annual National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week. For 10 years NIDA has been connecting students and teens with scientists to launch community wide educational events so that teens can learn the science surrounding drugs ...
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SADD Club Leads Peers Towards Better Paths

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By Jeanne Neuwirth, LCSW Clinician and SADD Club AdvisorSchool closings are definitely a challenge but they do give us a chance to reflect on the significant work our dedicated SADD Club students have done throughout this school year to lead peers towards better choices. SADD stands for Students Against Destructive Decisions, it is a national organ...
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America is Phoning It In

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Cathy Cardew, PreventionistNow more than ever in the world we live in currently, the hot word on everyone's lips is "telehealth."What's telehealth you ask?Telehealth is the use of electronic information, telecommunication and technology to support things we would have usually done in-person such as clinical health care, health-related education, pu...
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A Single Father’s View

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By Hugh Wallace, PreventionistPicture this, week one of the new normal.Home - aka ground zero - a 17-year-old boy, a 15-year-old girl, and a 12-year-old boy surrounded by packets on packets of assignments and a place that once was an escape now more resembles triage in a chaotic war zone. Woosaahh! There are many things that I have learned and in t...
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#What’s Your Hashtag?# - 2020 Young Women’s Conference

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By: Mara Carlin, Coordinator of Coalition and Community ProgramsOn March 6, 2020, The Coalition for Healthy Communities and Wellspring Center for Prevention held the 16th annual Young Women's Conference, My Journey, My Voice: Empowering Young Women, at Middlesex County College in Edison, NJ. A total of 140 10th graders from 12 High Schools in Middl...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending March 27, 2020

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How I'm Coping with COVID-19 and Physical Distancing as a Person in Long-Term RecoveryCOVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, is all we all seem to be hearing about lately. I feel like I'm living in some sci-fi movie, or an alternate universe.'One Day at a Time' Resonates in Today's Time of CrisisNothing in my nearly 18 years of recovery from addi...
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Carteret Middle School’s Girls Group Practice’s Self-Love

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By Karolyn Estevez, Youth development Specialist,The PATH program at Carteret Middle School developed a Girls Group in order to spread positivity, promote healthy coping skills, and increase self-esteem within the young girls in Carteret Middle School. Self-esteem building begins with self-love. During the fourth and fifth week of girls group, we f...
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Message from the Middlesex County Office of Human Services

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At this time our nation is experiencing an unprecedented public health crisis due to the COVID-19 virus. The situation worldwide has required a rigorous response to slow down the spread of disease.It is important to remember that even in these times, you are not alone. Support continues to be available even when it is not face-to-face. There is an ...
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Let’s Not Forget the Opioid Epidemic

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By Helen Varvi, Deputy DirectorTalk about keeping multiple balls in the air – in addition to managing the spread of Covid-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues their work of tracking and identifying trends related to substance misuse.CDC researchers conducted a recent study that tracked prescribing data for patients vis...
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