Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip: Nicotine in one vaping pod is equivalent to the nicotine in one pack of cigarettes

Vaping marijuana or nicotine can cause respiratory problems and decrease aerobic capacity- it reduces athletic ability by interfering with lung function. It also causes shortness of breath 3 times more often than nonsmokers- nicotine narrows blood vessels and makes your heart work harder than it should.

Reflecting on My Addiction and Recovery, Then and Now

We are so proud of Andrew and all of his work with Young People in Recovery, across the state of Maine and beyond!

Encouraging Change Talk

From the Center for Motivation and Change: When you are trying to help someone decide to make a behavioral change, it’s more common than not to experience a back and forth process of openness and resistance to the change being considered. Change is hard and ambivalence is normal. As family members, friends, and treatment providers we can contribute to the change process moving along (and maybe even speed it up) or we can contribute to it grinding to a halt. If you know what to look for in conversations, you can help build up a person’s motivation to change.

To read the full article, click here.

What Parents Need to Know About College and Binge Drinking

The feeling of sending a grown child off to college for the first time can be described as a strange mixture of pride, relief and severe anxiety. What do parents need to know as their adult child takes this big step?

The first piece of good news is that your voice matters. Your child might not tell you, but when researchers have asked them about your influence, they find that parent attitudes and the rules you put in place during their development are major influences on their risk-taking behavior.

Learn more about:

  • What is binge drinking?
  • Why do kids binge drink?
  • How do I talk about binge drinking with my son or daughter?

Click here to read the full article from The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids