Monitoring Prescription Drug Use: A Crucial Step in Combating Substance Misuse
Prescription medications play a vital role in managing various health conditions, providing relief from pain, and improving overall well-being. However, the misuse of prescription drugs has become a growing concern, contributing to the broader issue of substance misuse. This article explores the importance of monitoring prescription drug use and its ties to substance misuse, emphasizing the need for a comprehensive approach to address this complex issue.
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Empowering Educators: Tips for Fostering Positive Decision-Making in Students
As educators, shaping young minds goes beyond academic knowledge—it involves nurturing essential life skills. One crucial skill is decision-making, and fostering a positive approach to it can significantly impact a student’s future. Here are some valuable tips for educators to promote positive decision-making in their students. These tips are also helpful for parents to brush up on for a united front.
1. Create a Supportive Environment:
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Celebrating Victories and Nurturing Resilience: A Year-End Reflection on Substance Misuse Prevention
As we approach the end of the year, it’s crucial to reflect on the victories, both big and small, in our collective efforts to prevent substance misuse among West Virginia’s youth. At GameChanger, our commitment to fostering positive change remains unwavering, and we believe that celebrating these successes is an essential part of our journey.
Reflecting on the Wins:
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The Silent Sufferers: How Parental Substance Abuse Impacts Kids
Parental substance abuse is an alarming societal issue with far-reaching consequences, and its impact on children is both profound and enduring. Children growing up in homes where one or both parents struggle with substance abuse face a plethora of physical, emotional, and developmental challenges. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), approximately 25% of American children have been exposed to parental substance abuse at some point in ... Continue Reading »
Understanding the Ten Risk Factors for Addiction
Addiction is a complex and multifaceted issue that can impact individuals from all walks of life. It’s not solely a matter of weak willpower; rather, addiction arises from a combination of genetic, environmental, and psychological factors. By understanding the risk factors associated with addiction, we can take proactive steps to prevent its development and provide better support to those who may be at risk. Look at the ten key ... Continue Reading »
6 signs you could benefit from talk therapy
At GameChanger, we believe prevention and early intervention are keys to curbing the opioid crisis.
Considering youths and teens struggling with mental health illnesses are twice as likely to develop addiction, prevention often starts with reaching out for professional help (1). But how can you tell if you need it— and where do you find it?
Let’s discuss six signs you could benefit from talk therapy and where to start ... Continue Reading »
Is Addiction Hereditary?
Research suggests as much as half of a person’s risk for developing addiction depends on genetics (1).
If nearly 50 percent of addiction risk boils down to biology, does this mean addiction is hereditary and unpreventable? Not entirely.
Let’s explore “addiction genes,” why substance use is more than your DNA, and what you can do to prevent it.
Are there Addiction Genes?
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Preventing Teen Substance Abuse Through the Holidays
The holiday season is supposed to be joyful, butstudies reveal that the holiday season is a risk factor for teen and adolescent substance misuse, with relapses occurring frequently as the year comes to an end (1).
There are several reasons contributing to the use of drugs and alcohol over the holiday season according to nationally certified School Psychologist and Gamechanger’s Director of Prevention, Kim Legg.
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Holiday Blues? 5 Ways to Keep Spirits Up This Holiday Season
While holidays are marked by joy and celebration, nearly 90 percent of Americans admit to feeling higher stress and lower mood during the season (1).
And as it turns out, youths and teens are not immune to the same feelings of loneliness, and sadness as the year comes to an end. According to nationally certified School Psychologist, Kim Legg, the same stressors that impact adults’ moods during the holiday season can affect ... Continue Reading »
The Dangers of Fentanyl: An EMT’S Perspective
Despite its well-established grip in Appalachia, the West Virginia opioid epidemic hasn’t always looked the same. The crisis has changed, ebbed, and flowed to reveal new challenges along the way.
It’s a familiar pattern, according to 29-year-old Paramedic, Nathan Weese, who describes opioid-related emergencies as arriving in “waves”. Public health experts echo his theory, crediting the epidemic’s first wave to over-prescribed opioids in the mid-1990s, followed ... Continue Reading »