Free Parenting Webinar: 6/22 at 12 Noon

Free Parenting Webinar from STEPS Proactive Parenting: Sign Up Below! Proven and practical resources to help parents protect their kids against substance abuse. Program topics include:

– Preparation for the teenage years
– Awareness of the issues parents face
– Connection to exciting new resources
– Education on preventing addiction
– Steps to take to make a difference

Listeners Ask: Teens & Drinking and Anxiety vs. Intuition

Listen to this podcast episode from Lynn Lyons, Psychotherapist, Anxiety and Children​ that answers two listeners questions:

A mom discovers her 15 year old has been thinking of drinking to manage her stress. What are the conversations parents should be having with their teens around stress, substance abuse and peer pressure?

And another mom raised by an anxious parent is trying to break the cycle with her daughters. She asks Lynn how to know when the voices inside her head are generational patterns of worry repeating or intuitive warnings. How does anxiety filter the decisions we make and the information we receive?

Listen here!

Student Intervention and Reintegration Program

The Student Intervention and Reintegration Program (SIRP) is an evidence-based program for Maine teens, ages 13 – 18, who may be experimenting with alcohol and other drugs, making questionable decisions, or engaging in risky behavior. The program empowers teens to make healthy decisions and reduce risk, all without judgment or shame.
This 12-hour educational program is a conversation, not a lecture, and is offered in small groups at many Maine high schools. Each class is taught by a nationally certified instructor. SIRP is one small step in the right direction, and, for many teens, will be the biggest step of their lives. The class provides teens with facts and teaches them to assess risks and make better, more informed choices in their lives.
To learn more about the program, visit the SIRP website here:

Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip of the Week: Regularly drinking alcohol before your teen brain is fully developed can impact impulse-control and the memory and learning areas of the brain.

Brain development is still occurring between the ages of 12-26 and scientific research has shown that binge-drinking or regularly drinking alcohol as a teen can result in irreversible brain change.

5 Tips for Monitoring Your Teen to Help Prevent Underage Drinking

5 Tips for Monitoring Your Teen to Help Prevent Underage Drinking

  • Limit Access
    If you have alcohol in your home, keep track of it and lock it up
  • Network
    Get to know the parents of your pre/teen’s friends
  • Enforce Rules
    Enforce your rules consistently and tell your pre/teen what behavior you expect from them while they are out
  • Check in Often
    Ask your pre/teen where they will be and check in with other parents
  • Be Up and Be Ready
    Wait up and look for signs of use

To view more resources on youth alcohol prevention visit our website here

Alcohol and the Impact on the Teen Brain

The average age parents have conversations w/ their kids about alcohol is almost 10 yrs old.
It’s never too early to discuss how underage drinking can impact their developing brains🧠.
Check out Ask, Listen, Learn resources below!

How alcohol affects your kids’ brains (VIDEOS)




Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip of the Week: Managing stress does not have to include the use of alcohol or drugs. The best way to handle stress is through healthy habits.

Exercise, healthy eating, sleeping well and maintaining close relationships are important in stress management. These key actions can help reduce stress levels and improve your quality of life. Quick fixes like drugs or alcohol may temporarily mask stress but the long-term effects are unhealthy.

April is Alcohol Awareness Month – 5 Tips to Help Your Teen

April is Alcohol Awareness Month! Check out this short 3 minute video to learn 5 Tips To Help Your Teen Stay Safe And Substance Free!




Talking with Teens About Alcohol and Other Drugs: 5 Conversation Goals

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released a substance use prevention campaign, “Talk. They Hear You.” that helps parents and caregivers start talking to their children early about the dangers of alcohol and other drugs. Read about the 5 conversation goals to have with your teens below.