Self care can take many forms, but we’re primarily interested in the self care that looks like avoiding alcohol and other harmful drugs like marijuana, tobacco, and the abuse of opioids. It may not seem like self care to say no to an alcoholic beverage at a friend’s house, but in the long run, you are making great strides in your overall health. Every time you prioritize health over momentary pleasure, you’re flexing and building up that “muscle” that allows you to have greater willpower in the future. Self care is important. So is keeping your body free of harmful substances. Take charge of your health today and just say “NO”!
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!
It can feel uncomfortable to talk with your teenager about tough topics like drug abuse and the effects it has on the adolescent mind and body. But it is of paramount importance that you talk with your teen and keep communication open with them about the harmful effects of alcohol, marijuana, tobacco, vaping, and other drugs. We wanted to share with you some of our favorite resources to help get the conversation started:
> The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has a great resource page for parents.
> The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has a great website dedicated to educating and assisting parents.
It’s never too late to have a good conversation with your teen about their health and future. We hope these resources are helpful to you in your attempt to educate yourself and your child.
Vaping is on the rise among teens and adults, but findings are showing an increasing number of serious lung diseases and deaths associated with vaping. Why do teens engage in behavior that can harm them? This video from the National Institute on Drug Abuse sheds some light on the issue:
How much do you know about common drugs? Did you know that anyone can become addicted? This week, we have a variety of informative videos to share with you that will help to educate you on the dangers of drug misuse.
Nearly 2 in 5 students in 12th grade said they vaped in the past year, raising concern for health and addiction. Don’t be a statistic. Stay educated on the dangers of vaping! https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/CLOq85Abzcw
Just how much do you know about the dangers of drug use? This video shatters myths about drugs commonly used by teenagers. https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/YlFDDB061i8
Why are drugs so hard to quit? https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/Xbk35VFpUPI
Anyone can become addicted to drugs. https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/wCMkW2ji2OE
Binge drinking (5 or more drinks in a 2 hour period for men, 4 or more drinks during the same period for women) can lead to alcohol poisoning (which can be fatal) along with other issues.
It can be easy to give into temptation and binge on alcohol when at a party with friends or in another social setting where drinking is commonplace. Just remember to rethink the drink when you are in those situations. Choose a mocktail instead of an alcoholic drink! Try a new soda or tea. Just because you’re out with friends doesn’t mean you have to imbibe.
We believe in you! Stay strong this week.
This week, we want to encourage you that, even if you’re just starting out on a journey of sobriety or of avoiding alcohol and other harmful drugs, you are deserving of celebrating a victory! You’ve got this! Stay strong and take things one day at a time. One hour. One minute.