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Alcoholism is Still Number One Substance Use Issue for Youth

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Every year, April is "celebrated" as Alcohol Awareness Month. The purpose of Alcohol Awareness Month is to point out the stigma that still surrounds alcoholism and substance abuse in general. Alcoholism seems to have lost its place as the number one addiction problem in America. Unfortunately, the opioid epidemic is front and center in most people'...
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Carteret Middle School Students Take Part in Say Something Week

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By: Crystal Mutilitis, MSW, LSW, Clinician and Caroline Capriccio, Youth Development Specialist This March, Carteret Middle School participated in Say Something Week. The program, created by the Sandy Hook Promise, teaches students how to prevent school violence, shootings and other harmful acts. By following three essential steps — recognizing war...
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Talking to Kids About Marijuana Legalization in New Jersey

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By Nicki Francis, Coordinator of Program and Professional Development In November 2020, New Jersey residents voted to make recreational marijuana use legal. Many people are struggling with exactly what that means. Parents are wondering, "What do I need to know?", "How do I talk to my kids about the new law?" and "What things do I need to know to ma...
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The Importance of Early Prevention Programming

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By Heather L. Ward, Coordinator of School and Family Programs When thinking about elementary school, most people think about children learning their letters, numbers, and colors. It is a time of discovery for them, and they are sponges that absorb all the lessons being taught. This is the perfect time to start teaching substance use prevention mess...
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‘Don’t Get Vaped In’ Creative Expression Contest Celebrates Youth Voices

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By Laurie Herrick, Preventionist Wellspring Center for Prevention and the Coalition for Healthy Communities support youth peer-to-peer prevention messaging in many ways. One way is through our "Don't Get Vaped In" Creative Expression contest. Students in grades 6, 7 and 8 throughout Middlesex County are invited to interpret their idea of our contes...
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6 Simple Ways to Support Your Sober Friends

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The process of recovery empowers individuals with mental health and substance use disorders to manage their condition(s), improve their overall health and wellness, and live meaningful and fulfilling lives. For those in recovery, having the right support can often make all the difference. Here are 6 simple ways you can support your sober friends in...
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Helping Kids Combat Peer Pressure

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By Laurie Herrick, Preventionist When children are young, they seek approval from their parents. As they get older, around 12 years of age, they begin to care more about how their peers see them. There can be a fear of rejection, not fitting in, or being left out. This can have a big effect on young adolescents who desperately want to be accepted b...
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NIDA’s 11th National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week

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By: Stephanie Yau and Dheeksha Sudhakar, Incorruptible.Us Students From South Brunswick High School National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week (NDAFW) is an annual, week-long observance to encourage more conversations about the effects of drugs and alcohol especially on teenagers. The week brings awareness of many misconceptions and myths that teens...
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What Is A Prevention Specialist and What Do They Do?

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At Wellspring, our goal is to promote the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities through the prevention of addiction-related problems. Our team of dedicated prevention specialists play a primary role in this mission, working across Middlesex County to improve public health outcomes across the lifespan. Not familiar with the ...
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BE the CHANGE Club Celebrates Self-Care

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By: Caroline Capriccio, Youth Development Specialist February is a time to reflect and celebrate our love for others. But what about for ourselves? Often, we overlook and push aside our mental health and emotional wellbeing - even more so during a pandemic. So, for the month of February, the PATH and BE the CHANGE club focused t...
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