Weekly Round Up

Miss our posts this week? No worries! We’ve got you. Check out our latest from Instagram this week and remember, you are strong enough to resist the false allure of tempting drugs!

Working up the courage and acumen to chat with your teen about drugs? We’re here today to tell you, “You’ve GOT THIS.” Talking with your teen about the dangers of drug use can seem scary on the surface, but it is the best way to encourage your child to make wise decisions (plus it opens up communication between you.)


It is hard to stand up to peers who may pressure you to use drugs, but believing you have the courage and acting as though you have it will enable you to say “no”! You’ve got this.


Life is already hard enough. Don’t make things even harder on yourself by abusing harmful drugs like alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana. A drug-free life can take you places!


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Family Check Up

Is your family a welcoming, inviting place where the members feel encouraged and uplifted? Is your home environment positive and happy? If not, it may be time to reassess your family atmosphere. Teens who feel safe and loved are more likely to make wise, healthy choices in their lives. If you feel your home is a place of dis-ease, it may be time for an overhaul and some healthy change. We want to encourage you that change is possible. Check out NIDA’s resource on a Family Check Up here.

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Positive Vibes

The world is a scary place right now. Because of that, we wanted to overload your week with some positive vibes to get you through. Take these messages to heart and let the words sink into your soul. You’re doing great!

Are you a good role model for your kids? Your friends’ kids? What about your nieces and nephews? Are you showing how to live a good life free of the harmful effects of alcohol and other harmful drug abuse? Remember: they’re watching. Show them what a healthy, whole life looks like.


 

It can be tempting during this time of uncertainty and fear to turn to alcohol and other drugs to numb ourselves out. What’s happening in our world is scary, but rather than turning to harmful substances to “check out” for a while, focus up and stay strong. Your health is worth more than artificial ease.


Are you bogged down by negative self-talk? When you’re tempted to give in to your impulses to misuse alcohol and abuse other harmful drugs, remember: you’re worth investing in. Be kind to yourself by making wise choices for your future!

 


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Develop Family Rules to Help Steer Kids Away from Alcohol

I stumbled across this interesting article yesterday and it raises some really great ideas about what parents can do to help steer their kids away from alcohol: family rules. The rules included in the article were: 1) Make Family Dinner Non-Negotiable. // 2) Educate them and yourself about “scaring the crap out of you”. // 3) Do not condone alcohol or drug abuse directly or indirectly.

I really thought these family rules were worthwhile, especially when the writer discussed them in greater detail individually. I think I’d like to add several family rules to stick to in addition to the great ones above! (If you use these, feel free to add your own!)

4) Know your kid’s friends. // While this may seem self-explanatory to most of you, many parents do not know who their teens are hanging out with on a daily, weekly basis. It is absolutely imperative that you get to know your child’s friend group and if you do not approve of certain individuals for legitimate reasons, take a stand and talk with your child about your reasons for wanting them to disassociate with them.

5) Know your kid’s friends’ parents. // This is another big one that may seem “duh” to some parents and “whuh?” to others. Though your child may have a really classy friend, that friend’s parents might condone alcohol abuse when in their home. You need to know and be comfortable with a child’s parents before allowing your teen to spend time in the home of those parents. Know where your teen is hanging out!

6) Require your child to call/text you periodically throughout an evening away from home. // Depending on how much you feel you can trust your teen, this may be relaxed to a degree, but it is a good idea for you to establish an expectation that teens will communicate with you about their whereabouts and what they are doing when they are spending huge chunks of time away from home.

7) Require your child to participate in at least 1 extracurricular activity. // You don’t want to overload your child with too many extracurricular activities or they might become too stressed, but having 1 or 2 outside-of-school past times can be very healthy, social, and fun for your child. Consider sports, dance, martial arts, music lessons, or another activity that interests them.

I encourage you to read the original article. They make some very good points about the three rules they chose. What sorts of family rules does your household live by in an effort to keep your teens healthy and drug-free? Share with us!

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Celebrate Sobriety!

righttorefuseThere is NOTHING wrong with deciding to abstain from alcohol as a minor or adult. Perhaps alcoholism runs in your family. Maybe you’ve struggled with alcohol addiction in the past. Maybe you want to set a good example for people at risk. Whatever your reason for avoiding alcohol, sobriety is worth celebrating! Be honest about your reasons for refusing to drink. Be transparent and supportive to others who make the same choice or who are curious about it. If you are a minor, you should abstain from alcohol for a variety of health (and LEGAL) reasons. Make the best choice for your health and find alcohol-free methods for having fun!

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ALCOHOL IS A DEPRESSANT

brainfunctionMany underage drinkers consume alcohol under the belief that it will bring them to life and make parties and other social gatherings “more fun”. The truth is, however, that alcohol is not a stimulating drug. It is a depressant. It suppresses the function of the central nervous system and causes your mental and physical faculties to become impaired while you’re under the influence. This is why it is so dangerous to drink and drive or drink around strangers or other people you don’t really know.

Consuming alcohol won’t necessarily make you “depressed” emotionally, but if you are already struggling with low moods and depression, consuming alcohol will certainly make it worse instead of better.

Know your alcohol facts. #rethinkthedrink

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