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The Effectiveness of Art Therapy in Teen Addiction Recovery

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Blog by Sally Perkins. Photo by Victoria Bilsborough on Unsplash Despite New Jersey being one of only two states country-wide to score an undisputed ‘10’ for having the right laws and regulations in place to help combat teen substance abuse, the state also boasts the 6th- highest teen overdose rate. The findings, which were disclosed by the organization known as Trust for America’s Health, highlight the importance of having both preventative and treatment measures in place to care for New Jersey’s most at-risk youth . Approximately 15% of substance treatment programs in the USA offer art therapy with nearly 11% of all teenagers in treatment having access to a program that makes use of art or music therapy. The use of art therapy in treating substance abuse is not new. It actually dates back as far the 1950’s with the American Art Therapy Association (AATA) particularly acknowledging the role art...
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MAR
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending March 16, 2018

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Governors Press for More Funds to Fight Opioid Addiction Governors emphasized the need for additional federal funding and flexibility in the fight against the opioid crisis during the sixth hearing held by the Senate health committee this Congress. Learn More   Suicides, Drug Addiction and High School Football An hour’s drive from Louisville, perched along the Ohio River, sits the prettiest little town. Learn More   Shattering The Myth Of The ‘Addicted Baby’ The other day I caught the headline about a class-action against 20 pharmaceutical companies. Nothing earth shaking there. These lawsuits are well-publicized. What caught my eye was the first nine words of the story. Learn More   After Addiction Comes Families’ Second Blow: The Crushing Cost of Rehab Out-of-pocket expenses to save loved ones are soaring beyond what many can afford, especially when addicts go through multiple rounds of treatment Learn More   Mental Health Plays Role...
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JAN
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending January 12, 2018

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Why some people swear by Alcoholics Anonymous — and others despise it The research offers some insights, but it’s complicated. Learn More   Time for Drug Courts To Equip Participants with Naloxone Individuals who use opioids after a period of abstinence are at a higher risk for overdose due to a lowered tolerance, a circumstance in which drug court participants with a history of opioid use may find themselves. Learn More APA releases new practice guideline on treatment of alcohol use disorder Today, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) released a new practice guideline on the treatment of alcohol use disorder. This practice guideline provides evidence-based statements designed to increase knowledge of the disorder and ensure the appropriate use of medications. Learn More   The United States Of Alcohol Abuse Alcohol is a unique legalized drug in American culture. It’s not a crime to consume in all states (unlike marijuana). There...
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DEC
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Parenthood Can Be Uncomfortable

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When it comes to parenting, there are two insights I want to share. My first is for parents. In our work, we often hear parents talking about difficult relationships with their adolescent children. Many are desperate for what sounds like friendship with their teens. These parents hesitate to address problematic behaviors such as changes in friends, sex, drinking, or marijuana use. These topics make both parties uncomfortable. My message for parents is that parenting, especially parenting an adolescent, should be uncomfortable. Most of us may wish to avoid conflict and do so whenever possible. As a parent, conflict with adolescents over everything from musical tastes to fashion should be expected. So too, should many difficult conversations regarding parental expectations and consistent consequences for not living up to those expectations. There are things that must be said and done that teens will not like. How many of us can remember one...
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JUN
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Know! Your Child's Risk for SEXTING

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As any parent or caregiver raising teenagers knows, smartphones play a leading role in their daily lives. While social media, apps and messaging provide a fun and highly accessible path to connect and share with friends, such outlets also allow youth to connect with those they should not be connecting with and share things they should not be sharing. We’re talking SEXTING - defined as sending sexually explicit messages, photos or videos via cell phone or other electronic devices. Regardless of where you live or where your teens go to school, you can bet “sexting” is taking place among their peers. While we do not want to believe our children would ever make such a bad judgement call, it is important to know that 39% of teens report having sent sexually suggestive messages by way of text, email or instant messaging and 20% say they have sent nude or semi-nude...
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JAN
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending January 20

Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending January 20
Our Weekly Addiction News & Policy Update is a compilation of news items provided to Wellspring by a variety of sources. Wellspring staff assembles this information and is pleased to provide it to you. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, feel free to contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The content of this email does not represent the official views or policies of Wellspring Center for Prevention. The content has been collected from a variety of sources and is provided for informational purposes only. The appearance of external hyperlinks does not constitute endorsement by Wellspring of the linked web sites, or the information, products or services contained therein. If you do not wish to receive this email in the future, simply email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and ask to be unsubscribed. The global toll of fetal alcohol syndrome Worldwide, an estimated 119,000 children are born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS)...
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JAN
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New Years Resolutions for Teens

New Years Resolutions for Teens
Do you have your New Year’s Resolutions set yet? Many feel like this is just a tradition for adults, but it’s not a bad idea to get kids in on the action too. After all, it’s a healthy thing to teach the youth in your life about having goals, carrying them out, commitment, and starting fresh. The teenage years can be rough, complicated, and a confusing time. Encourage the adolescents you know to make some healthy resolutions, helping them have a more positive outlook for 2017. Here are some ideas to discuss with your teens: Don’t Procrastinate – There are so many demands put on the youth today and kids are often spread thin as is. Procrastination only makes things worse. Encourage your teen to divide his/her responsibilities into small time frames so that everything gets done, eliminating the stress of pulling all-nighters right before a deadline is due. Try...
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AUG
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Keep Your Teens Drug Free This Summer

Keep Your Teens Drug Free This Summer
On an average day in the summer, over 11,000 adolescents aged 12 to 17 use alcohol for the first time. Summer is a great season to have fun, explore, and try new things. Unfortunately with all the extra time that teens have, sometimes they explore and try new things that are a risk to themselves and others. Did you know that? On an average day in the summer, over 11,000 adolescents aged 12 to 17 use alcohol for the first time. That is 3,000-6,000 more adolescents than any other random day throughout the rest of the year. As for first time cigarette use, the number climbs from 3,000-4,000 adolescents during the fall, winter, and spring months to about 5,000 during the summer months. More than 4,500 teens start using marijuana on an average day in June and July, as opposed to only about 3,000 to 4,000 during the other points...
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JUL
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Keep Your Teens Drug Free This Summer

Keep Your Teens Drug Free This Summer
Summer is a great season to have fun, explore, and try new things. Unfortunately with all the extra time that teens have, sometimes they explore and try new things that are a risk to themselves and others. Did you know that: On an average day in the summer, over 11,000 adolescents aged 12 to 17 use alcohol for the first time. That is 3,000-6,000 more adolescents than any other random day throughout the rest of the year. As for first time cigarette use, the number climbs from 3,000-4,000 adolescents during the Fall, Winter, and Spring months to about 5,000 during the Summer months. More than 4,500 teens start using marijuana on an average day in June and July, as opposed to only about 3,000 to 4,000 during the other points in the year. So as a parent, what can you do about it to keep your teen drug-free this summer?...
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JAN
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Ringing in 2016 with positivity

Ringing in 2016 with positivity
To bring in New Year 2016 on a positive note, Pathways SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) club hung a graffiti-style wall banner in the Carteret High School cafeteria and encouraged their peers to write their positive goals for 2016 in a “brick” on the poster.  Many students, who at first were stumped when asked their goals for the new year, found themselves inspired by their classmates’ aspirations. This activity also lead to thought-provoking conversations among students and faculty about what they would like to accomplish, and why setting goals is important. Participants offered a range of intentions, everything from concrete goals--“treat others nicer and get my grades up,” to lofty ideals, such as, “to spread positivity,” and the heartfelt aim, “to make others never feel alone.” The activity showed CHS students are in the right frame of mind for starting 2016on a positive note! And just the act of writing...
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