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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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AUG
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During the Pandemic, Remember that Older Adults Have Substance Use Issues too!

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There are over 47 million people in the United States who are 65 years or older. What's alarming is that substance abuse among those 60 years and older (including those who misuse prescription drugs) currently affects about 17 percent of this population – that's a whopping eight million people. As a baby boomer myself, and the fact that I work for ...
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JUL
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Self-Care for Parents During COVID-19

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By Laurie Herrick, Preventionist It has been about five months since schools and offices went virtual and the COVID-19 quarantine began. Many parents juggled working from home while assisting their kids with distance learning.  Navigating the new normal of living during a pandemic can cause parents to feel a mix of emotions. Each day of workin...
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JUL
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It’s all about love and enabling

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During these uncertain times, those who misuse, or abuse alcohol and/or other drugs are particularly vulnerable. The stress from social isolation and other COVID-19-related life changes can lead to or worsen substance use and misuse. There are also health risks resulting from chronic alcohol/drug use as it weakens the immune system and puts stress ...
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JUN
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Time for Self-Care!

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The purpose of this month's column is to focus on you, the reader, and the fact that as a result of the pandemic, many of you might be overwhelmed with fear, anger, resentment, shame and guilt. You may feel zapped of emotional and physical energy. And it's not uncommon to develop physical symptoms like headaches, insomnia and stomach aches. You may...
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MAY
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Feeling Cooped Up? Try These Family-Friendly Survival Strategies

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By Hugh Anthony Wallace, Preventionist Several months into our new "normal," things have become quasi-organized and some sort of school and work structures have been put in place in the home. Every square inch of the home has been sanitized and cleaned – in fact I'm pretty sure you can eat off the floors now, providing you use a plate. But now the ...
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MAR
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America is Phoning It In

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Cathy Cardew, Preventionist Now 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, ...
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MAR
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A Single Father’s View

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By Hugh Wallace, Preventionist Picture 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 ...
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MAR
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Nobody’s Perfect, Not even Mom

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by ShaRonda Amon Day Two at the Amon Academy Home School After a successful first day of school-at-home, it seemed like things were really going to work out and I was feeling quite proud of myself. The schedule I made for my daughter to complete her written and on-line work was off to a great start! That feeling of accomplishment didn't last long w...
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MAR
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Let’s Get Back to Discussing Underage Drinking

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Next month is observed as Alcohol Awareness Month. This observe was initiated as a way to increase awareness of alcohol addiction and also as a way to bring understanding of alcohol's causes, that effective treatments are available, and encouraging people recovery is very possible. Alcohol Awareness Month was established in 1987 by the National Cou...
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