Underage Drinking and Today’s Youth – Why It Matters especially Now!

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, this month serves as an opportunity to update your knowledge about the adverse effects of alcohol misuse on health and society. It is also a good time to talk to teens about drinking and to equip them with the knowledge to handle situations involving alcohol.  […]

Cannabis Legalization in Maryland – What You Need To Know

Maryland’s Adult-Use Cannabis: What You Need to Know Maryland has legalized the use of cannabis for adults aged 21 and above with the law becoming official today July 1st, 2023. With this new law, there are important regulations and guidelines to ensure the safe and responsible use of cannabis. In this blog post, we will […]

What’s Alcohol got to do with it?

FEBRUARY IS HEART HEALTH MONTH February is Heart Health Month and February 14th is Valentine’s Day.   Valentine’s Day is  typically celebrated as a day of romance and love where alcohol is often consumed as a part of celebrations and social events. It is important to remember to drink responsibly, but why and what does […]

Generation Adderall

THE STUDY PILL a.k.a “SPEED”   Casey was a Sophomore at Brown University who had difficulties completing a five-page paper due the next afternoon until she got introduced to Adderall by a friend. Initially, she found that Adderall helped to improve her focus and concentration, leading her to do well in her  studies. However, as […]

New year Resolutions – Time to Reset?

We are now 1 month into the new year – how are those new year resolutions going so far? Wait let me guess some of them:   New Year’s resolutions are a time-honored tradition for many people, as the start of a new year provides an opportunity to reflect on the past and set intentions […]

Marijuana – A Changing Landscape

National debates on the legalization of marijuana have helped normalize the behavior for many teens. Data from the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration indicate that in all states that have legalized recreational marijuana, rates of first use among adolescents are higher than the national average for the age group. That’s why it’s important that […]

My Child is Using – What can I do?

If you discovered or have reason to believe your child is using substances, the first thing to do is sit down and take a deep breath. We know this is scary, but you’re in the right place. Take a beat and prepare yourself for the important conversations ahead. Some brief preparation now can lay a […]

Adolescent Mental Health – FAQs

Adolescent Mental Health

1-What are the signs of an adolescent struggling with anxiety or depression? Anxiety and depression are different but can share some indicators. First, look for some key changes in a youth’s behavior, such as disinterest in eating or participating in social activities previously enjoyed, altered sleep patterns or withdrawal from other aspects of life. It’s […]

Hookah

What’s in Cigarettes?   There are over 4,000 chemicals found in cigarettes and over 50 of them are cancer-causing. Cigarette Contents: Acetone Cyanide Aluminum Ammonia DDT/ Dieldrin Ethanol Formaldehyde Arsenic Hydrogen Cyanide Benzene Butane Lead Cadmium Methanol Nicotine Carbon Monoxide Tar Carbon Dioxide Chloroform Vinyl Chloride  What the continents of a cigarette can do to […]

Hazing and College kids

After a break due to social restrictions & fewer students on campus, college students may engage more in alcohol misuse & hazing this fall semester. Let’s talk hazing & Generation Z students!Hazing is: “any activity expected of someone in joining or participating in a group that humiliates, degrades, abuses, or endangers them regardless of a […]