Prevention

Football Season: College Tailgating & Parties While in Recovery

Posted on November 1st, 2017

Whether you are a loyal UCLA Bruin or you spend your Saturdays cheering on the “cardinal and gold” of USC, game-day tradition calls for a booze-filled tailgate party outside the stadium. Stuffing oneself with food and alcohol pregame is a ritual that even marginal fans don’t want to miss. So just how does a fan in recovery navigate this danger zone? What options do they have to stay sober at tailgates and continue to work their relapse prevention program?

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10 Quick and Easy Mood Boosters

Posted on June 16th, 2014

When it comes to getting happier, little things mean a lot. The mood pick-me-ups below are quick, easy and drug-free. They might not solve every problem in your life, but they can help keep a bad moment from turning into a lousy day, and that can put you in a better frame of mind for tackling the big stuff.

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How to Recognize and Reduce Your Addiction Risk?

Posted on March 4th, 2014

Everyone is predisposed to certain things. For example, some individuals have a melancholy temperament, making them more vulnerable to depression than their more naturally upbeat peers.  Another example is those who tend to be “high strung,” making it more difficult to stay calm under stress and keep anxiety at bay. Unfortunately, there are many individuals who are predisposed to developing an addiction to a substance or activity, such as alcohol, stimulants or gambling.

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Mental Illness Affects One in Five Children

Posted on July 9th, 2013

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC) tallies the number of American children suffering from a mental illness for the first time. Most efforts to study, understand, and treat mental illnesses focus on adults, and more recently on adolescents. This report is the first to try to get a full understanding of the impact of mental illness on children and teens. The results may surprise you, and show that 20 percent of American kids, between the ages of 3 and 17 have some type of mental health disorder.

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New Device Could Quickly Test for Cannabis, Cocaine, and Other Substance Use

Posted on September 22nd, 2010

A new and affordable handheld drug-testing device developed by British company Universal Sensors Ltd could soon become available to the UK market. Within just five minutes, parents could be able to test their children for cannabis, cocaine, and other substances by a simple scan of a saliva sample. The laboratory company also expects the nation’s law enforcement to incorporate the cheap drug-testing device into their standard roadside drug tests.

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Parents’ Habits Influence Drinking Behavior of Children

Posted on November 21st, 2009

Parents debate whether their drinking habits affect the choices of their children: should they drink responsibly in front of them or forego alcohol altogether in their presence? If the parents occasionally drink to excess, will it affect their children adversely? New evidence shows that parental drinking habits do influence the choices of their children, both the extent of their drinking and the age at which they begin to participate in alcohol consumption.

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Program Cuts Substance Abuse and Problem Behaviors in Half for Fifth Graders

Posted on June 26th, 2009

Science Daily reports that a new study suggests that school-based prevention programs begun in elementary school can cut problem behaviors in students in half. Fifth graders who previously participated in a comprehensive interactive school prevention program for one to four years were about half as likely to engage in substance abuse, violent behavior, or sexual activity as those who did not participate in the program.

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