Easy Ways to Improve Opioid Safety

Guidelines to Help Protect You and Your Family Opioids are often prescribed after surgery to help relieve pain. Below are some simple ways you can improve opioid safety. 1. Talk With Your Doctor If you have been prescribed an opioid, talk with your doctor about the risks and if possible, discuss alternatives to opioids. There are other ways to treat pain that are often more … Continue reading Easy Ways to Improve Opioid Safety

You Can 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 You Can Break Down Stigma

FREE Mental Health Classes Available Now

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. Check out the FREE mental health classes Nami is offering. Learn more about improving your mental health. NAMI Utah County FREE Programs Connections Support Group – Twice monthly for individuals … Continue reading FREE Mental Health Classes Available Now

Easy Steps for Tough Conversations with Kids

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. Below, we have a few easy steps for tough conversations with kids to get you started. It may seem early, but starting these conversations with elementary school children is appropriate. Youth can experiment … Continue reading Easy Steps for Tough Conversations with Kids

Protect Your Teen’s Mental Health

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. This can include misusing drugs and alcohol. On the other hand, when a teen feels good, they thrive! As parent’s, grandparents, teachers and mentors, you can do a lot to help protect your teen’s mental health against some of those … Continue reading Protect Your Teen’s Mental Health

Managing Difficult Emotions with the Four A’s

Managing difficult 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. Managing Difficult Emotions with the Four A’s Lynda Silva, Ph.D. Awareness Try to notice the emotion when it is just … Continue reading Managing Difficult Emotions with the Four A’s

Healthy Coping Strategies for Kids and Adults

Practicing healthy coping strategies both for kids and adults affects every aspect of well being. They help us navigate difficult situations effectively, reduce stress and help us have more joy in life. There are lots of healthy ways to cope with stress. Below are some suggestions for things you can try:  Emotional Coping Strategies for Kids and Adults  Consistently do activities that make you happy  … Continue reading Healthy Coping Strategies for Kids and Adults

What Are Risk Factors for Teen Substance Misuse?

What are risk factors for teen substance misuse?  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 … Continue reading What Are Risk Factors for Teen Substance Misuse?

How “Strengthening Families” Can Help Your Family

What is the Strengthening Families Program? 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 … Continue reading How “Strengthening Families” Can Help Your Family