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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
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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
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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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NOV
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Holidays are Stressful Enough. That is Especially True in the Time of Covid-19

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It's no secret the holidays are stressful. The events intended to bring us joy during the season — parties, family reunions, work get-togethers — instead become minefields as we try to deal with intoxicated loved ones, or the uncertainty of how to act around someone in treatment and recovery, or for those of us in recovery, maintaining our own sobr...
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OCT
04
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Lack of Sleep. Not A Friend of Our Youth.

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There is one undeniable fact: When your body doesn't have enough hours to rest, you may feel tired or cranky, or you may be unable to think clearly. You might have a hard time following directions, or you might have an argument with a friend over something really stupid. A school assignment that's normally easy may feel impossible, or you may feel ...
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SEP
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7 Tips for Effectively Communicating With Your Child

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By Laurie Herrick, Preventionist Ask any parent what usually happens when their child starts asking them questions and they will probably tell you that it leads to more questions. They want to know more, they want to understand and they want to hear it from you. I have a 10-year-old daughter who asks me more questions than I can keep track of....
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