National Grandparents Day- 9/18

National Grandparents Day is coming up this Sunday! Grandparents can take an active role in preventing risky behavior and can help effectively communicate with their grandchildren. Check out the full Power of Grandparents Guide here: http://www.cascobaycan.org/cbcwp/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/partnership_grandparents_guide_2014.pdf

Talk Early, Talk Often and Keep Talking

TALK EARLY, TALK OFTEN…KEEP TALKING!
Parents are the #1 influence in a child’s life. It’s not too early to talk with your child to prevent youth substance use.
When to Talk:
– In a car, you have a captive audience to provide short bits of information.
– When watching TV, address any illegal drug or alcohol use shown.
– During mealtimes, take time to speak with your child – research shows that children who have dinner with their families are less likely to drink alcohol or use illegal drugs.
 
What to Say:
– Preschool: “Vitamins are to keep us healthy, but only take what I give you.”
– Elementary School: “You should only take medicines that your doctor chooses for you – it’s dangerous to take someone else’s medicine and it could make you sick.”
– Middle School: “Alcohol and drugs can damage your brain and may stop you from being your best in school and in sports.

“There’s a lot of stigma and misunderstanding with substance use disorders, treatment and recovery. But you should never let social judgment stand in the way of getting your child the help he or she needs and deserves. Here are nine facts to know so you can be better prepared to help your child.”

9 Facts About Addiction People Usually Get Wrong

 

 

6 Things To Do Before Child Gets Home From Treatment

  1. First, it’s time for a thorough housecleaning to prevent any temptations.
  2. Next, get naloxone as a prevention measure.
  3. Make the aftercare plan a priority.
  4. Try CRAFT skills to improve communications in your family.
  5. Develop a contract and a Recovery Plan
  6. Take it one day — perhaps one minute — at a time.

6 Things to Do Before Your Kid Comes Home from Addiction Treatment

 

 

 

What is neuroplasticity?

The Center for Healthy Minds developed these slides that describe why the brain changes throughout life, but specifically outline the sensitive periods of development when the brain is more pliable including around puberty.

https://centerhealthyminds.org/feature/neuroplasticity

This July 4th, Celebrate America Safely

Happy 4th of July! We hope you all have a safe and fun holiday!

How to Safely Party with a Plan:

https://www.nhtsa.gov/drunk-driving/july-4th-celebrate-americasafe-and-sober