JUN
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What Is the Role of Parents in Prevention Education?

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Parents play a specific role in prevention education. The earlier a child starts experimenting with substances, the more likely they are to develop an addiction. The Center on Addiction found in 2018 that children who began using substances like tobacco, alcohol or prescription medications before the age of 15 were seven-times more likely to experi...
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MAY
18
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NJ Marijuana Legalization: 5 Tips to Talk to Your Kids

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With NJ legalizing recreational marijuana this past state election, many parents are concerned about their children's increased exposure to it. Openness and honesty are crucial to having a successful conversation about marijuana legalization with your children so that they make responsible choices. Here are five tips to effectively talk to your kid...
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MAY
02
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Insight into Teens’ Attitudes toward Addictive Substances

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For almost 30 years, several national surveys of teens have been undertaken. The hope always was that ultimate goal is to help parents better understand the experiences, attitudes, perceptions, and behaviors of their adolescent children in relation to nicotine, alcohol, and other drugs. The findings explored in the report clearly demonstrate that p...
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APR
09
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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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MAR
22
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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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MAR
05
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Teen Negative Consequences. What Can You do?

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Those teen and young adult years are confusing, complicated and formative. Understanding what's happening socially and developmentally — and how it can intersect with substance use — is fundamental to setting the stage for healthier outcomes. Which is why it's important to take any substance use seriously. But, as a parent, before acting on impulse...
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FEB
14
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When Life Becomes Overwhelming, Take Care of Yourself Too

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When your child is struggling with substance use, your focus is on them and their needs. It is not unusual for you to continually monitor where they are and who they are spending time with. Worry permeates your very being, every day. And in short order, you feel anxious and exhausted. I am telling you this because your own self-care is an important...
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JAN
26
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12 Tips to Talk to Your Kids About Drugs and Alcohol At Every Age

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As a parent, you want to help your child grow up to be safe, happy, and healthy. This includes protecting them from addiction and the dangers of substance use and misuse. While it's never too early to start teaching your child the skills they need to make positive life choices and to stay away from drugs and alcohol, you'll want to approach the con...
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JAN
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Parents need to be the Role Models Once Marijuana is Available

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As I was writing this column, the law enabling the sale of marijuana in New Jersey has not gone into effect yet. I expect that the governor already signed the bill and it went into effect January 1, 2021. But don't assume that sale of the plant will go into effect immediately. There is more work for the legislature to do. There is a need for the st...
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DEC
06
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Put the Electronics Down!

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Because December is gift-giving month, I find myself contemplating the perfect gifts for my wife, our children; grandchildren; and other friends and relatives. I am especially focused on the method(s) by which I will be able to share these gifts with the recipients.But that's an item for discussion another time. So allow me to use this platform sou...
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