Have you talked to your teen about drugs?

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.

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Educate yourself

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


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Weekly Round-Up

It’s almost the end of January, can you believe it? Finish out the month strong by recommitting to avoid alcohol and other drugs! This week, we wanted to encourage you with some helpful links and videos that might educate you about the dangers of certain drugs along. Check them out below!


 

Did you know that marijuana can become addictive? “Approximately 10% of people who use marijuana may develop marijuana use disorder, which can create problems with their health, school, friendships, family, or other conflicts in life.” #

Read more at: https://teens.drugabuse.gov/drug-facts/marijuana


 

“Teens’ alcohol us continues to drop. In 2019, rates of past-year alcohol use by students in 10th and 12th grades were at a 5-year low.” Are you part of this positive trend? If so, that’s amazing!

Read more at: https://teens.drugabuse.gov/drug-facts/alcohol


How do cigarettes and tobacco affect the body? Check out this highly informative TED Talk! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y18Vz51Nkos


THE MORE YOU KNOW: This is what happens to your brain on opioids: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDVV_M__CSI


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Instead of this, do that!

This week, we wanted to encourage you to fill the space left behind by avoiding drugs with positive, healthy activities! Instead of drinking away difficult emotions, go for a walk in nature to recharge your soul! Instead of mellowing out with marijuana, take a long hot bath. There are plenty of ways to calm yourself or sooth troubles that don’t rely on harmful drugs. You can do this!

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This week, we want to encourage you to avoid alcohol, opioid misuse, marijuana, and tobacco. Whatever your “drug of choice”, we want to encourage you to set it aside in the interest of your health and the betterment of your future!

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What are you most thankful for in 2019?

This year, what are you most thankful for? It’s easy to give trite answers around the Thanksgiving table, but we really want you to think. Have you stayed sober for a longer period of time than you ever have? Give thanks and celebrate! Have you made a commitment to avoid alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, and other harmful drugs? Celebrate and give thanks! We are so proud of you and all of your accomplishments this year! Look forward to 2020 and pave a way for your own best future!

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