Choose Compassion, Break Down Stigma

People with medical conditions need a supportive network to help them recover. Substance use disorder is just as much a valid condition as someone who is recovering from cancer. Any chronic medical condition requires support from a recovery community. Unfortunately, not all health conditions receive the same level of support. People with a substance use disorder can experience social isolation, stigma, and shaming, all of … Continue reading Choose Compassion, Break Down Stigma

Free NAMI Classes

NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness. NAMI Utah’s mission is to ensure the dignity and improve the lives of those who live with mental illness and their families through support, education and advocacy. NAMI Utah County offers the following FREE programs: Connections Support Group – Twice monthly for individuals living with a mental health condition Family Support Group – Twice monthly for families … Continue reading Free NAMI Classes

Talking to Your Kids About Drugs

Starting a conversation about drugs with children can be difficult and awkward. However, communication between parents and children about this difficult topic is one of the most important protective and preventative factors. It may seem early, but starting these conversations with elementary school children is appropriate. Youth can experiment with drugs and alcohol even in elementary school, and it’s a great time to start clearly … Continue reading Talking to Your Kids About Drugs

Protect Your Teens

Teens today face a lot of challenges. When teens are struggling, they are more likely to make poor choices that will affect their future negatively, such as misusing drugs and alcohol. On the other hand, when a teen feels good, they thrive! As parent’s, grandparents, teachers and mentors, we can do a lot to help protect our teens against some of those challenges. Check out … Continue reading Protect Your Teens

Managing Emotions

Handling big, negative emotions can be challenging. When you become overwhelmed by sadness, worry, or anger, there are some things you can do to help you get through that moment. One strategy is called the Four A’s. This simple tool can help in many different situations. The Four A’s Lynda Silva, Ph.D. Awareness Try to notice the emotion when it is just starting—when the ‘wave’ … Continue reading Managing Emotions

Risk Factors

What is a risk factor?  A risk factor is a condition that increases the likelihood of a problem behavior.  Let’s use the example of heart problems, what are the risk factors?  Diet, smoking, family history, not exercising, and high cholesterol. All of those things increase our risk for having a heart attack, stroke, or heart failure.  The more you have the more you are at … Continue reading Risk Factors

Strengthening Families

The Strengthening Families Program (SFP) is a unique parenting program that involves the whole family.  Parents, youth, and children.  This in an evidence based parenting program.  What does evidence based mean?  SFP has been evaluated many times by independent researchers in randomized control trials or health services research with very positive results in reducing substance abuse and delinquency risk factors by improving family relationships.  The … Continue reading Strengthening Families

Most Don’t

A “norm” is a value, belief or behavior considered by a group of people to be acceptable.  Most often it is unwritten and learned by interacting and observation of other people.  Most cultural groups or communities follow these same norms so we come to believe that is the standard way of behaving, therefore we shape our own behavior accordingly.  Norms teach us what acceptable behavior … Continue reading Most Don’t

Prevent Bullying

Bullying is defined as … “an intentional act that causes harm to others, and may involve verbal harassment, verbal or non-verbal threats, physical assault, stalking, or other methods of coercion such as manipulation, blackmail, or extortion. It is aggressive behavior that intends to hurt, threaten or frighten another person. An imbalance of power between the aggressor and the victim is often involved. Bullying occurs in … Continue reading Prevent Bullying