Online Support Community for Parents & Caregivers

Families are facing unprecedented challenges due to circumstances surrounding COVID-19. In response, we invite you to join our new online support community for parents and caregivers who may have children experimenting with, or dependent on, substances.
 
Staff clinicians and specially trained parent coaches will host a series of live online gatherings to share insight and ideas on managing teen and adult children during this unique time. These gatherings are an opportunity to find support and connection along with tangible guidance on topics such as accessing treatment and planning for an adequate supply of medication.
 
Learn how to join these sessions here.

Smart Phone App to Help with Recovery

With the app you can…

  • Track your sobriety,

  • Access e-therapy to learn new recovery skills,

  • Connect with trained counselors and peers through messaging,

  • Clinical support available 7 days/wk, 9am -10 pm est

  • Track your treatment plan and set reminders,

  • Journal daily about your journey,

  • And discover helpful videos, testimonials and more through the unique resource library.

Connections is the only available app that is backed by years of research to support its provider-care management functionality, predictive relapse indicators, and analytics to reduce relapse. Click here to learn more.

Words Matter- Stigmatizing Language

Much of the language that has been used to describe substance use disorder and drug use is loaded with stigma and carries real world harm. To learn more about stigmatizing language and what we can do to help de-stigmatize language click here.

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How to Make an Addiction Recovery Plan

How to Make an Addiction Recovery Plan. Here are five items to discuss and consider including in the plan you develop together. Read the full article here.

1. On-Going Treatment
2. Relapse Contingencies
3. Household/Academic/Employment Responsibilities
4. Family Interactions
5. Rewards/Reinforcers and Consequences

 

Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip: Using alcohol and marijuana shuts down 10-11 of the 13 geographic regions of the brain, reaction diminishes significantly.

Using alcohol and marijuana can cause significant negative effects on an individual. Marijuana impacts your coordination, resulting in decreased ability to move, react and stay balanced. The use of alcohol controls the brain in many ways and can result in difficulty walking, blurred vision, slurred speech, slowed reaction times and impaired memory. Think about these facts before using alcohol or marijuana.

Helpful facts from ACCESS Health!

Decoding the Teenage Brain

The teenage years are “the last, great neuroplastic era in our lifetimes,” according to Steinberg, referring to the brain’s continued capacity for intellectual and emotional growth. The same emerging circuitry that makes teenagers vulnerable to risky behavior and mood swings also confers significant advantage on adolescent learners. To read the full article click here.

An Illustration of the Teenage Brain