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Do you dread the time when your child asks you a question about mental health, alcohol or drugs that you can't answer? Or maybe you're wondering how to navigate the mysteries of health-related agencies Medicare? It's not easy knowing where to turn when you need answers. We've simplified the process for you. This is your section for tips, resources and answers about substance misuse, behavioral and mental health issues. 

Recovery Month 2022

  • Recovery Month increases awareness and understanding of mental health and substance use disorders and encourages individuals in need of treatment and recovery services to seek help. Recovery Month celebrates individuals living lives in recovery and recognizes the dedicated workers who provide the prevention, treatment, and recovery support services that help make recovery possible.


  • It doesn’t discriminate. It can happen in any relationship regardless of sexual orientation, religion, gender, race or age. It occurs in relationships of all economic backgrounds, education levels and nationalities.

  • Alcohol abuse is responsible for claiming the lives of tens of thousands of lives every year and causing painful health risks like liver damage, threats to one’s wellbeing, withdrawal symptoms, and dysfunctional relationships. For younger individuals, alcohol prevention can reduce the likelihood of developing substance use disorders as they age.

  • Many people enjoy a drink every now and then. They might have a few cold beers during a picnic on the beach, or a glass of wine with dinner. Drinking alcohol is common and for most of us, it’s an occasional enjoyment that causes few issues in our lives. However, where does the distinction fall between casually enjoying a drink and unhealthy binge drinking? When does alcohol use go over the line from moderate and enjoyable to a serious problem? If excess drinking becomes an issue for you – what should you do?

  • Alcohol use disorder (AUD) can be a difficult condition to overcome. Also known as alcoholism, this condition does not simply mean a person drinks too much or too often; people with AUD have a neurological dependence on alcohol, and an uncontrollable compulsion to drink. Approximately 14.4 million American adults suffered from AUD in 2018 alone. 1 If someone you love is exhibiting symptoms of alcoholism, it is important to help them seek treatment and support them on the path to recovery.

Drug Facts and Guides

  • Adolescent abuse of drugs and alcohol is a preventable behavior, and the disease of drug/alcoholaddiction is a treatable disease.
    Parents are the most effective resource, and leverage point, in preventing and reducing adolescent and young adult drug and alcohol abuse and addiction.

  • Drug Facts provided by Alcohol and Drug Foundation.

  • Grandparents guide for helping teens remain alcohol and drug-free. Find out how to communicate better with your teenage grandchild while learning about the latest drugs and discovering how you can help keep your grandchildren healthy.

Educator Tools

  • As a fellow educator and former school social worker, I commend this kit to you. I hope you find it an
    indispensable tool in your work. It offers numerous practical suggestions for helping those of your students
    who are growing up in families troubled by substance use disorders and related problems.

  • Find FREE science- and standards-based classroom lessons and multimedia activities on teens and drugs – all funded or created by NIDA.


  • When it comes to protecting your child’s health, it’s important to remember your power as a parent. By knowing the facts, and using proven prevention strategies, you can help your child avoid using marijuana, alcohol, other drugs, and other risky behaviors.

  • Facts for Parents and Teens About Marijuana from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

  • The Marijuana Talk Kit is a great resource for knowing how to start the conversation with your teen about marijuana and to answer the questions like, "It's a plant so it's natural. How can it be bad for me?"

Mental Health

  • Enrolling in college as a student with a mental health disorder doesn’t need to be overwhelming or intimidating. This guide helps students find the assistance they need, explains resources and accommodations most schools provide, and offer tips on how to access these mental health services.

  • This new comprehensive guide aims to help medicare recipients identify the different types of outpatient and inpatient services that are covered, eligibility, and most importantly how to get help paying for services and medications.

  • Whether you’re dealing with a crisis situation, struggling with major life stresses, concerned about someone’s mental health, or need to refer a patient for specialized care, you’ll find helpful resources here.


Opioid/Prescription Drugs

  • The national opioid epidemic unfortunately includes thousands of teenagers. Adolescents who fall prey to this addiction are at a high risk of overdose or a life of substance abuse. In 2016, 276,000 people between ages 12 and 17 used pain relievers that included opioids for non-medical reasons. Teenage opioid addiction rates seem to be increasing, and polled seniors in high school have noted the ready availability of opioids as an important factor contributing to their use of these drugs.

  • The opioid misuse and overdose crisis touches everyone in the United States. In 2016, we lost more than 115 Americans to opioid overdose deaths each day, devastating families and communities across the country. Preliminary numbers in 2017 show that this number continues to increase with more than 131 opioid overdose deaths each day. The effects of the opioid crisis are cumulative and costly for our society—an estimated $504 billion a year in 2015—placing burdens on families, workplaces, the health care system, states, and communities.

  • Preventing Teen Abuse of Prescription Drugs Fact Sheet.

  • Drug Free America Foundation, Inc.'s Opioid Prevention Toolkit to know more about preventing opioid deaths.

Parent/Family/Child Toolkits

  • Drug Guide for Parents to identify drugs and learn street names.

  • Resource from the Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration and U.S. Department of Education Office of Safe and Healthy Students 2017.

  • With this contract, parents and children/teens agree to rules around drinking and drug use.

  • Parents can join the conversation with this family discussion starter. Additional information on the warning signs of prescription opioid misuse and a guide to prevention and intervention empower families to reach out.

  • Research shows that students who feel a genuine sense of belonging at school are more likely to do well in school, stay in school, and make healthy choices. This sense of belonging is often described as school connectedness. Connected students believe their parents, teachers, school staff, and other students in their school care about them and about how well they are learning.


  • This list of questions can help guide your conversation with treatment program staff in helping you decide which program is the best fit for your child and family.

  • 13 Principles of Effective Treatment provided by Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.

  • For people living with addiction, as well as those who care for them, all aspects of life can be affected. Addiction not only creates emotional and physical wounds but can cause other hardships as well.

  • It can be excruciating to watch a loved one struggle with drug and alcohol addiction. Family members and close friends of those experiencing addiction often find it challenging to help, especially when the sufferer has a difficult time acknowledging that they need help, which is often the case.


  • The Vaping Guide will help parents understand vaping’s appeal to young people. Readers will benefit from what signs to look for and comparisons among vaping flavors with no additives, flavors that contain nicotine and those that contain marijuana, whether in leaf or oil form. Parents will also learn what they can do to safeguard their teens against vaping, the concerns linked to the behavior and how to have an open dialogue with their son or daughter about its risks.

  • The FDA's Center for Tobacco Products has released the Resources for Professionals: Vaping & E-Cigarettes, a Toolkit for Working With Youth

Alcohol Effects App from SAMHSA

Alcohol’s Effects on the Brain (AlcoholFX), is a free, science-based, Reach Out Now mobile application for tablets that teaches students ages 10–12 how alcohol can harm their brains if they drink. The app is intended to easily integrate into instruction in fifth-and sixth-grade classrooms and at home. Free from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). 

Safe Kids Worldwide

This organization is dedicated to preventing injuries and death in children, believing, "There is nothing worse than a parent losing a child. Now imagine if the tragedy could have been prevented." Click here to download the Medication Safety Infographic

Campus Drug Prevention

The Drug Enforcement Administration hosts, a new website focused on preventing and addressing college substance use. This new website is DEA’s latest effort to support substance use prevention programs on college campuses and in surrounding communities.

Operation Prevention

Operation Prevention is an initiative brought to you by the DEA and Discovery Education to educate elementary, middle and high school students about the true impacts of prescription opioid misuse and heroin use. Click here to learn more about Operation Prevention.

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