March 30, 2018
It can be terrifying when your son or daughter is using drugs. Your first goal is of course to encourage them to seek treatment for their drug use. But there are things you can do to help prevent your child from overdosing in the meantime.
March 29, 2018
The Sobriety Treatment and Recovery Teams program is for parents who have had their kids taken away because of substance abuse and the resulting neglect or mistreatment of the children. The goal is to create a faster process to reunite those families.
March 28, 2018
Between 2009 and 2015, the number of college students visiting counseling centers increased by about 30% on average, while enrollment grew by less than 6%. Students seeking help are increasingly likely to have attempted suicide or engaged in self-harm. In spring 2017, nearly 40% of college students said they had felt so depressed in the prior year that it was difficult for them to function, and 61% of students said they had “felt overwhelming anxiety” in the same time period.
March 26, 2018
Juul is a popular electronic cigarette that’s a sensation among teens, especially in wealthier neighborhoods — and a nightmare for school administrators and public health advocates.
March 23, 2018
Though today's drug trends still feature commonly-used mind-altering substances that have been around for a long time, you can add to the list increasingly bizarre practices such as consuming embalming fluid, along with numerous synthetic drugs and organic drugs that are unstudied and often untraceable. Here is an overview of the major drug trends we are seeing nationwide.
March 22, 2018
Habits become hard to break to because they are deeply wired by constant repetition into our brains. And when you add pleasure to them, the pleasure centers of the midbrain get fired up as well, and continue to fire long after the habits stop, creating the cravings that folks struggle with. But habits are also patterns of behavior and it is the breaking of patterns that are the key to breaking the habits themselves.
March 21, 2018
A child's alcohol or drug use is an unhealthy situation for any parent or family member. What can you do in the meantime? Here are nine ideas to get you started.
March 20, 2018
Anyone, especially children, will have hurtful and lifelong memories of living with an alcoholic parent. The psychological damage that occurs from living with an alcoholic can leave its mark on the psyche of everyone who must endure the angry outbursts, broken promises, and the squandering of household finances. A healing process, with guidance and insight, is possible for those who suffer from the ravages of an alcoholic parent or loved one.
March 19, 2018
The suicide rate for white children and teens between 10 and 17 was up 70% between 2006 and 2016, the latest data analysis available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although black children and teens kill themselves less often than white youth do, the rate of increase was higher — 77%.
March 16, 2018
Leaders from Hope Academy and Fairbanks invited friends of Hope to a special event at Agape Riding Center to see firsthand how Hope Academy students use horses to help in their recovery from substance abuse.
March 14, 2018
For the National School Walkout on March 14, 2018, the Hope Academy community chose to remember and honor the victims at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. At 10 a.m., students and staff walked outside and released a balloon for each of the 17 victims, as their names...
March 13, 2018
Alcohol consumption – and the negative effects that come along with it – often goes hand in hand with college sports. For that reason, college sporting events represent prime opportunities to think about ways to curtail drinking among college students.
March 12, 2018
In 2016, nearly 64,000 people died of overdoses in the US, about two-thirds of which were linked to opioids — the highest number of drug overdoses for any single year in US history. Some of those opioid overdoses very well may have been reversed with better access to naloxone. Yet naloxone remains inaccessible in many cases — often to dangerous results.
March 9, 2018
A new study finds there are no significant differences between young adults who misuse prescription opioids and those who inject heroin, except for the amount of time they have used drugs.
March 8, 2018
Hope Academy students made a bulletin board in honor of Olympic skier Nick Goepper after reading about his story of recovery from depression and substance abuse. They also wrote him letters to thank him for sharing his story.
March 7, 2018
Smoking e-cigarettes delivers cancer-causing chemicals that get into the body — and popular fruity flavors appear to be the worst.
March 5, 2018
The number of children admitted to hospitals for opioid overdose has nearly doubled since 2004, according to a new study.
March 2, 2018
Alcohol abuse is a crisis Hoosiers aren’t talking about, yet it is killing more people than opioids.
March 1, 2018
One out of every 4 or 5. That’s how many students will display a significant mental health problem over the course of their lifetime.