Blog / 2018 / May
May 31, 2018
Hope Academy hosted its traditional baccalaureate on the Wednesday before graduation. The ceremony allows graduating seniors to thank those who’ve helped them reach this milestone, as well as look back on their senior year.
May 30, 2018
The Hope Academy Class of 2018 celebrated its impending graduation with the annual senior breakfast, followed by a graduation rehearsal.
May 29, 2018
Any successful strategy to combat the opioid epidemic requires minimizing the exposure and consumption of children and adolescents to addictive substances, as well as preventing the abuse of prescription medications.
May 25, 2018
There are dangerous implications to polysubstance use, which is why it’s important to know why young people are engaging this behavior.
May 24, 2018
Some of the reduction in risky behavior by teenagers is driven by greater academic demands at school.
May 23, 2018
While some are choosing marijuana for their first time, a new survey revealed that a lot of teens have chosen to abstain from substance use.
May 22, 2018
Exposure to common medications used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder has increased by more than 60% in US children and adolescents, according to a new study.
May 21, 2018
We've long been under the assumption that the brain doesn't change very much after childhood. But new research suggests that's not the case, and educators — and teens themselves — can learn a lot from this.
May 18, 2018
Even before your children reach their teen years, you worry about drug and alcohol abuse. We talk with our children about these dangers in grade school and watch for any indication of a problem as we focus on teaching them the dangers of addiction. However, we might not need to worry as much as we thought about some of their quirky behaviors.
May 17, 2018
Preparing and protecting your child from engaging in binge drinking during college starts way before “drop-off” day. Even in middle school, and throughout high school, sending a clear message of your disapproval for underage drinking is critical and equally important in college.
May 16, 2018
The number of kids who struggle with thoughts of suicide or who attempt to kill themselves is rising. New research finds children ages 5 to 17 visited children's hospitals for suicidal thoughts or attempts about twice as often in 2015 as in 2008.
May 15, 2018
Once we begin to understand the personal qualities, rewards, and potential benefits to pain and suffering we can begin to reject bitterness and anger in favor of a growth experience designed to change, re-structure, and transform our mindset, behavior, and ultimately our life.
May 14, 2018
Based on analysis of global statistics for the year 2015, tobacco cost the world 170.9 million disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) while alcohol cost 85 million DALYs. When looking at the impact of illicit drug use, the findings revealed the figure to be the lowest of the three, at 27.8 million DALYs.
May 11, 2018
The number of pregnant women using opioids grew significantly between 2004 and 2013, with the increase disproportionately high — more than 600 percent — in rural areas. Another decade-long study found a fivefold increase in the number of newborns who experienced the opioid-withdrawal condition known as neonatal abstinence syndrome, or NAS: to eight per 1,000 hospital births from one and a half. Experts estimate that a baby with NAS is born in America every 15 minutes.
May 10, 2018
Former National Football League quarterback Ryan Leaf recently spent time with students and staff at Hope Academy after giving the keynote speech at the Fairbanks Circle of Hope Dinner.
May 8, 2018
For parents who discover or strongly suspect that their child is using drugs or alcohol, they can experience a range of negative feelings. While you can talk about your feelings with trusted sources, you also need to take action. In order to do so in a way that gets results, it is often best to set your feelings aside for the moment. Talking about what you suspect or have discovered calmly and rationally is the first best choice.
May 7, 2018
A new study has found that children with greater communication with their parents in early adolescence have less harmful alcohol use and emotional eating in young adulthood.
May 4, 2018
Today, teenagers are developing addictions at a higher rate than ever before, and higher levels of stress are believed to be blamed for an epidemic of drug and alcohol dependence within the adolescent community. By understanding how stress contributes to addiction in teens, you can learn how to reduce the damaging effects of stress on your teen’s physical and mental health.
May 3, 2018
After providing the basic needs for your child, there are ways in which you can help protect your child from early drug use. There is no perfect parenting recipe for raising drug-free kids. It just doesn’t exist, as every situation is different. Here are some ideas to help you as a parent protect your child from early drug use.
May 2, 2018
How can you tackle the tough but necessary topic of underage drinking with your kids? We talked to substance abuse and mental heath experts who are also parents to learn the best tactics and techniques.
May 1, 2018
Are you worried about a teenager? Are you concerned that they might be taking drugs or alcohol Parents and teachers can learn to spot the signs of substance abuse. Here are 21 physical, emotional and behavioral signs and symptoms of adolescent drug and alcohol abuse.