10 04, 2024

Finding balance between Independence and Interdependence

2024-04-10T12:09:47-04:00April 10th, 2024|Uncategorized|

Seeking help when needed By: Teresa Bairos, LMFT, Program Director Primary Prevention is about delaying the onset of first use. For some students, this is early middle school; for others, high school, and others may not try their first substance until college. Regardless of age, armed with information, students can make their health decisions based on credible information. The Monit

29 02, 2024

The Benefits of Sports Beyond the Field

2024-02-29T08:40:40-05:00February 29th, 2024|Uncategorized|

Let's explore the impact sports can have on the holistic development of young children. In this blog, we’ll talk about the benefits of sports beyond the realm of physical fitness, shedding light on how participation in organized sports fosters emotional well-being, social connection, and resilience in our youth. From cultivating lifelong friendships to providing a healthy outlet fo

15 02, 2024

Why Do Children Find it So Difficult to Ask for Help When They’re Struggling?

2024-02-15T09:57:46-05:00February 15th, 2024|Uncategorized|

The big question looms: why do children find it so difficult to ask for help when they're struggling? Reflecting on my own journey, the answer became clear—I didn’t even realize I needed help. As parents, the crucial first step is to convey to our kids that it's perfectly okay to reach out when they're feeling different or down. They need to know that when their emotions shift, see

15 08, 2023

Growing Up and Growing Risks

2023-08-15T08:00:23-04:00August 15th, 2023|Uncategorized|

Protecting youth from addiction requires a comprehensive developmental and family-based approach. Teaching students the dangers and realities of drug use is highly valuable and impactful for many students, but it is insufficient as a stand-alone approach. Preventing and mitigating risk factors for drug use and addiction in the maturing lives of students are at the heart of the prob

31 07, 2023

What We Don’t Want To See

2023-07-31T11:14:15-04:00July 31st, 2023|Uncategorized|

The Normalization of Weed: What We Don’t Want To See In light of our present scientific knowledge, the notion of cigarettes being viewed as a benign cultural norm appears absurd. It is puzzling to consider that our parents' generation had ashtrays in doctors' offices and designated smoking sections on airplanes. We are appalled by the marketing industry's deliberate efforts to conc

14 07, 2023

Parental Blindspots: Understanding Kids’ Knowledge of Substance Abuse

2023-07-13T16:00:42-04:00July 14th, 2023|Uncategorized|

Our early education efforts regarding substance abuse and mental health are largely predicated on understanding the futility of attempting to shield children from exposure. One thing has become quite clear to us, if you don’t teach them, somebody else will. Their informal teacher certainly won’t take steps to carefully think the impact of their words through. This outlook isn’t mea

30 06, 2023

What The Mother Of A Prevention Speaker Wants You To Know

2023-06-29T13:17:15-04:00June 30th, 2023|Uncategorized|

This blog features an in-depth interview with my mother about the course of addiction and the effect it had on her and her child. The goal of the interview questions was to learn from her experience. We offer the perspective of the parent who loved so much, the person whose life was warped by drugs, who believed it could never be her son, who was caught in the debris of the tornado

15 06, 2023

So Much More Than A Teacher

2023-06-15T08:09:44-04:00June 15th, 2023|Uncategorized|

The traditional perception of a teacher's role as a trained educator, paper grader, curriculum designer, and role model falls drastically short. The true nature of this position is nothing short of astonishing. If job descriptions on platforms like Indeed and LinkedIn included the difficult truths of being a teacher, it's hard to imagine anyone except the most resilient individuals

31 05, 2023

It Could Very Well Be Your Child

2023-05-30T14:05:37-04:00May 31st, 2023|Uncategorized|

We hear it all the time. Parents tell us, “This addiction and mental health material is extremely important to know as a community member and parent. We are all grateful for the prevention effort. It will help identify people in my family or community who may be struggling. But of course, I’m not worried about my son. He has his head on straight.” How could their child ever really

15 05, 2023

What a Prevention Speaker wants you to know about Addiction & Recovery

2023-05-15T08:35:57-04:00May 15th, 2023|Uncategorized|

Addiction is a Disease/Disorder It is vital to understand that addiction is a disorder and a disease. The identification of addiction as a medical condition by well-respected medical institutions has greatly aided the treatment of addiction; however, this is extremely hard to acknowledge when feeling concerned for a loved one. Dealing with at-risk loved ones engaging in self-destru

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