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How to Talk to Teens About Prescription Pills

How to Talk to Teens About Prescription Pills
All parents inevitably have to have a talk with their children concerning drugs. As children grow older, they are more likely to encounter different types of drugs through friends and schoolmates, and it’s important that they understand the risks of experimenting with alcohol and other drugs. The dangers of most illicit drugs are well-known, but many teens don’t recognize the inherent dangers of prescription medications. Since prescription pills are legal, many people across all age default to assuming they are safe. Starting the Conversation About Prescription Drugs When it’s time to talk to your teen about the dangers of prescription pills, refer to ...
Elevate Achieves Drug Prevention at Monterey County Fair

Elevate Achieves Drug Prevention at Monterey County Fair
We Love the Fair!  The Monterey County Fair is back in town, providing yet another perfect opportunity for Elevate to reach out about drug prevention. We try to get involved in as many community events as possible, and the annual fairs are one of our favorite times of year to do so. Our local fairs provide a family friendly and safe atmosphere for families to play, eat good food, and enjoy some entertainment. The Monterey County Fair provided all of these this year, and the energy and turnout was great. We used this fun event as an opportunity to add some drug prevention ...
How Long Does Addiction Rehab Take?

How Long Does Addiction Rehab Take?
When looking for a high-quality inpatient addiction treatment program, the length of the program is an important consideration to take into account to ensure a good fit. Here’s what you need to know when evaluating different types of treatment programs. Long-Term vs. Short-Term Rehab The majority of inpatient drug and alcohol addiction treatment centers provide a 30-day (or 28-day) program. This usually includes medically supervised detox, some form of therapy, and sobriety education. Long-term programs – usually 90 days or more – are on the rise as studies have emerged showing that relapse is less likely after programs that last three months or ...
Why Volunteer Work Helps with Addiction Recovery

Why Volunteer Work Helps with Addiction Recovery
It may seem counterintuitive, but one of the best ways for a person to deal with their own problems is to volunteer. This is especially true for those who suffer from substance abuse. Addiction is a condition that promotes selfishness. Those who are wrapped up in addiction become increasingly self-centered, often cutting ties with friends, family members and activities that they used to do with others. Volunteering helps bring balance back to a person’s life. Here’s how. The Therapeutic Power of Volunteering There are four key ways in which volunteering benefits clients recovering from substance abuse. Takes Focus off One’s Own Problems When all a person ...
Start the Talk With Your Kids About Drugs and Alcohol

Start the Talk With Your Kids About Drugs and Alcohol
It’s never too early to start talking to your kids about drugs and alcohol, and chances are your kids are already wondering about them. Our children are bombarded daily with images and ideas about drugs and alcohol. Whether through the grocery store, television commercials, friends, school, or even family members who take prescribed medications, our children are constantly being given ideas about these substances. With colorful prescription medications appearing like candy, flavored tobacco and alcohol products, and street drugs catching trendy nicknames, it can seem overwhelming to shield your children from the road to abusing drugs and alcohol. However, it is not too late ...
Life After Addiction: What Living Sober Would Look Like

Life After Addiction: What Living Sober Would Look Like
If you were to give up your addiction and start over with a new life, what would it look like? Are you afraid it would look too much like your old life? Maybe that’s why you’re still struggling with addiction. There are two things that keep people trapped in addiction: physical dependence and psychological dependence. Physical dependence is when your body is dependent on the substance to keep functioning and avoid withdrawal symptoms. Psychological dependence is when you’re afraid to quit drinking/using because as much as it’s hurting your life, the idea of being sober is even worse. That’s hard for people who have ...