Harm Reduction?

Recent studies show parents who supply alcohol to their adolescent children increase the likelihood of substance use disorder and other harms.

To read the full article from Rivermend Health please click here.



Maine Department of Labor Impairment Detection Course

This training session is designed to help owners, managers and supervisors recognize and respond appropriately to employee impairment in the workplace in order to reduce worker accidents and injuries. Participants will be taught procedures to detect impairment regardless of the substance used or physical conditions such as illness, fatigue etc. that might be the cause. This class is designed to fulfill the federal DOT requirements for reasonable suspicion training of supervisors. In addition, participants will learn how to develop and implement policies that address impairment in the workplace and are in compliance with Maine’s Substance Abuse Testing Law.

For more information and training dates please click here.


Five Ways to Help Teens Feel Good about Themselves

  1. Get regular exercise
  2. Focus on self-compassion (not self-esteem)
  3. Avoid social comparison
  4. Capitalize on specific skills
  5. Help others (especially strangers)

Read the article from the Greater Good Magazine here

Preparing for College Emotionally, Not Just Academically

Problem-solving skills can help students keep from being overwhelmed, these include:
• College Mental Health Skills
• Don’t try to “fix” every problem
• Practice mindfulness with your teen
• Help your child establish good self-care
• Work on planning and ‘coping ahead’
• Develop strategies for self-soothing
Read the full article from the Child Mind Institute here.

Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip: Prep for the game: eat well, sleep plenty and think positively.

Get at least 8 hours of sleep the night before a game. When you wake up, eat food high in protein and carbohydrates. Remember, water and drinks high in electrolytes will help sustain your energy for the duration of the game. During the time before the game, try to use as little energy as possible and think about the best outcomes regardless of how tough your opponent may be.


What Parents Should Know About Teens, Drinking and Drugs

Thank you to the Child Mind Institute for this informative piece.
Talk to any group of teenagers and you are likely to hear about stress: the pressure to achieve academically, to get into a good college, to be well-rounded, to be beautiful, to be thin, to be popular, to find their passion. With the increasing demands put on teens today, they are especially vulnerable to the dangers of misusing drugs. Below you will find current trends in teen behavior regarding the use of alcohol and other drugs—and strategies for you to use to counteract the beliefs and practices that your teen is likely to encounter.
Click here to learn more and read the tips.

Quiz: Prevent Alcohol and Tobacco Use

Take this 15-question quiz from ParentFurther– a Search Institute resource for families- to examine the ways you address alcohol and tobacco use in your family, including how you talk about it and whether others are positive influences in preventing underage alcohol and tobacco use.

If you have more than one child, think about one of them while you’re taking the quiz. You might then repeat it for your other child or children.

Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip: Set goals for what you want to achieve in school and in your sport.

Make an action plan for how you will accomplish your goals. Keep meals healthy, drink enough water and electrolytes, get enough sleep at night and stay away from drugs and alcohol. Constantly keep goals in sight as part of your successful finish line.