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Don’t Let the First Conversation about Drugs and Alcohol Be Your Last

Don’t Let the First Conversation about Drugs and Alcohol Be Your Last posted on Aug 28

You probably have to remind your teenager a few times to do their homework or take out the trash.  The same goes for drugs and alcohol.  Remind your teen that alcohol and other drugs are unhealthy, even if you’ve already talked about it.  It might   …Continue Reading Don’t Let the First Conversation about Drugs and Alcohol Be Your Last

Try positive reinforcement to help prevent teens from using drugs or alcohol

Try positive reinforcement to help prevent teens from using drugs or alcohol posted on Aug 20

When your teen improves their grades, or scores a run in their baseball game, do you congratulate them? Recognizing your kid’s accomplishments reinforces positive behaviors and has been shown to lower the likelihood they will use alcohol and other drugs. Many parents have found creative   …Continue Reading Try positive reinforcement to help prevent teens from using drugs or alcohol

Fun Ideas for Alcohol-Free Parties posted on Aug 9

Summer is here and with it comes celebrations of all kinds such as beach days, barbeques and picnics with family and friends. In addition to good food and company, many of these festivities may include alcohol, so it’s important to remember that anyone who provides   …Continue Reading Fun Ideas for Alcohol-Free Parties

Innovations in Addictions Conference

Innovations in Addictions Conference posted on Jul 19

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS) recently held their bi-annual Innovations in Addictions Conference, an event focused on groundbreaking approaches to treatment and prevention of substance abuse. The conference drew more than 350 attendees from a variety of disciplines and was a great opportunity for DPH to promote exciting innovations in how we prevent and treat substance use disorders, and support people in recovery.