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How You Can Help Your Teen Manage Stress

It’s that time of the year again, where parents and youth alike are gearing up for the new school year.  This is an exciting time for youth whether it be starting high school, entering middle school, or starting somewhere new altogether.  While this is an exciting time, it is also a stressful time, especially for our youth.  They are going through a lot socially and emotionally.  Our youth are making new friends, creating new routines, getting back into the groove of extracurricular activities and homework, and above all learning about themselves and where they fit in, which can be challeng

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 DrugFree.org, 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.

 

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