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What You Need to Know About the LGBTQ Community and Substance Abuse

The Problem:

The teen years are a time when our youth discover who they are, try new things, and form strong relationships with their peers.  This can be an especially risky time for members of the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning) community.  Studies show that members of this community experience higher rates of substance use and abuse when compared to youth that are not LGBTQ.  According to, these higher rates of substance use and abuse can be attributed to the following factors:

Four Holiday Follies & How to Avoid Them

Holiday parties and school events and family get togethers—oh, my! As we move full-speed ahead into the holiday season, it’s an important time to remember that our kids need extra help during the celebration season to make healthy choices regarding drugs and alcohol. The reality: Teen brains aren’t fully developed until around age 25. The problem: Healthy choices can take a backseat to having fun.


Thanksgiving – Giving Thanks and Spending Quality Time Around the Table

As Thanksgiving Day quickly approaches and we begin to think about preparations for the big day, let’s also take some time for our families and reflect on our life’s good fortune.


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