Graduation and Alcohol

Graduating from high school is a time of celebration with family and friends. This is a great milestone for graduates and it often means graduation parties where there may be the pressure to drink alcohol. If you think your teen has no plans to celebrate graduation with an alcoholic drink in hand, you may want to think again. According to the 2014 Arizona Youth Survey, 67 percent of Arizona high school seniors said they have consumed an alcoholic beverage at least once, 40 percent of whom had consumed it within the past month. Read more » about Graduation and Alcohol

Mother’s Day

What are you doing this Mother’s Day? If you have not had a chance to make a special plan, we have a list of unique ideas for everyone to participate.

Here are seven unique activities for families to celebrate Mother’s Day: Read more » about Mother’s Day

Connection as a Protective Influence

A sense of connectedness with other people can be protective regarding the level of risk of developing a substance abuse problem or the likelihood of recovering from such problems.  Research has broadened our understanding of the complex nature of addiction over the last few decades.

On the frontier of this trend toward building and maintaining connectedness is the Center for Motivation and Change (CMC). They are using an approach called CRAFT, for Community Reinforcement and Family Training, which seeks to maintain and enhance the relationships between the addict and their family members, while equipping the family members with strategies to establish healthy boundaries. Read more » about Connection as a Protective Influence

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