Drugs & Your Family

  • Online Mental Health Resources Online Mental Health Resources

    As the conversation about mental health has gotten louder in recent years, the number of resources online dedicated to awareness and treatment have also increased. 

  • Culture-Based Prevention ResourcesCulture-Based Prevention Resources

    Operation Prevention, DEA and Discovery Education's joint educational initiative, recently launched a set of culture-based prevention materials for elementary and middle school students.

  • What is 420? What is 420?

    April 20, also known as “420,” is a day popular with many marijuana smokers. They see this date as an unofficial holiday and celebrate by getting high.

  • Are Your Teens Ready for Some Socially Distant Fun?Are Your Teens Ready for Some Socially Distant Fun?

    Temperatures are finally creeping up and after months of being cooped up in the house, you probably can’t wait to go outside and hang out with your friends. 

  • How to Encourage Your Child to Get Help for Their Substance Use or AddictionHow to Encourage Your Child to Get Help for Their Substance Use or Addiction

    (Partnership to End Addiction) While the hope is that your child will readily and quickly agree to treatment, don’t despair if they first say no or need more time to think about it. There will be opportunities to raise the subject again. Managing your expectations around them engaging with, and staying in, treatment are a part of good self-care.

  • Substance Misuse and Eating Disorders Substance Misuse and Eating Disorders

    Just like with substance misuse, eating disorders can be linked to unhealthy compulsory behavior, which can have devastating effects on a person’s physical and mental well-being. 

  • What Are the Signs of Having a Problem With Drugs?What Are the Signs of Having a Problem With Drugs?

    (NIDA Blog Team, January 4) Addiction can happen at any age, but it usually starts when a person is young. It’s the result of changes in the brain that can come from drug use. Addiction affects how people think and what they do. But what exactly are the signs? 

  • If You Discover Your Child is Using Drugs: Start Talking

    (Partnership to End Addiction) Discovering that your child could be using substances stirs up a lot of emotion. The best way to find out what’s going on, and to begin helping, is to start talking.

  • Most Teens Don't Drink or Use Drugs. How to Help Your Kids Avoid it Too.Most Teens Don't Drink or Use Drugs. How to Help Your Kids Avoid it Too.

    (Partnership to End Addiction) According to the most recent data, numbers are in the single digits among 12-17-year-olds who smoke (2%), drink alcohol (9%) or use marijuana (7%).

  • Tips for Talking to Teens and Young Adults About Drugs During the HolidaysTips for Talking to Teens and Young Adults About Drugs During the Holidays

     A few years ago, Fran Harding, the former Director of the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), gave us a few tips on how you can start the discussion.

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