Talking to Your Teen About College Pressures: The Dos and Don’ts of Productive Conversations

Posted by Prelude on Aug 17, 2016 10:29:33 AM

Life as a college freshman isn’t easy. 

Living on your own for the first time is hard enough without the additional pressures of college. On top of academic demands, work, and learning to live independently, teens are at their peak social years and are still developing their sense of self. Without the structure of home life and with the new anxieties that accompany college, it’s easy for students to be swept away by the pressure to drink and take drugs—both recreationally and as a means to enhance their academic performance.

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Celebrate this summer!

Posted by Prelude on Jul 8, 2016 12:34:11 PM

Celebrating Summer…Sober.

Memorial Day and the Fourth of July are important days in the American calendar. But somehow as time has went by, it seems like the focus of these days has shifted from celebrating our country's independence, to just plain celebrating. 

Summer never fails to remind us of our country’s obsession with alcohol. You can’t escape the beer ads that run nonstop in the weeks leading up to Memorial Day and the Fourth. You can’t escape the office parties and obligatory family BBQs filled with coolers of booze. And you can’t escape the fact that in our culture, people drink—even when you can’t join them.

You can, however, enjoy your summer sober. You might get frustrated. And you might be tempted to slip back into old habits. But regardless of what you might be thinking, you can do it.

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Operation Dry Water - Stay Safe While Boating

Posted by Prelude on Jun 20, 2016 10:16:41 AM

Boating is fun. 

The wind in your hair. The sound of the waves crashing against your boat. Your friends. An unobstructed view of the sunrise and sunset. 

But for whatever reason, in our culture, boating and alcohol seem to go hand-in-hand. And for recovering alcoholics, the temptation to grab a drink as soon as you step on that boat can be all too powerful to resist. Luckily, Operation Dry Water is calling attention to this problem, and helping to spread the truth about boating under the influence. 

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What To Do If You Suspect Your Teen Is Drinking

Posted by Prelude on Jan 31, 2016 9:00:00 AM

You love your teenager, and you always have their best interests in mind. Lately, you’ve noticed your teen has been acting differently. They’ve been missing curfews, hanging out with a different friend group, and are being very vague about their plans. As a parent, you know that your job is to protect them, so you notice these little changes in behavior. You’re beginning to suspect that your teen could be drinking, but you aren’t sure. So what can you do?

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You're Not Alone: Addiction Statistics in the United States

Posted by Prelude on Jan 30, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Whether you’re struggling with a drug problem, alcoholism, or any another addiction, know that you’ll never be alone.  First off, you’ve found yourself here seeking some answers, and, at Prelude, we’re here for you.  No matter where you are, or who you are, you can count on us to provide the resources you need to begin your steps to recovery. You’ve also got your family, friends and countless other support groups and systems that you can lean on for some help.  

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Talking With Your Teen About Marijuana

Posted by Prelude on Jan 29, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Nowadays, it seems like it’s everywhere you look… in the news headlines, in the middle of today’s popular music, on tv, and in box-office topping movies. We’re talking about marijuana, and, for parents, it’s tough to escape the drug’s social influence on today’s teen culture. So, what’s a parent to do when popular sports stars and former Disney Channel teen-celebs appear online and on-air unabashedly promoting the use of pot? Where should a parent turn when everywhere you look in malls, on hats and on t-shirts, the marijuana leaf seems to keep popping up?

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How Do I Know If I'm an Enabler?

Posted by Prelude on Jan 25, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Your family member, friend or significant other has a substance use issue. Consistently, it has interrupted both of your lives. You want them to overcome this issue so badly that you would do anything for them. But what if the efforts you are making to help them overcome it are enabling them further?

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The Parent's Role in Recovery

Posted by Prelude on Jan 22, 2016 9:00:00 AM

It’s been a long, rough road but you’ve finally come to terms with your child’s substance abuse disorder. The downward spiral started a long time ago, and watching your child damage themselves with their behavior made you feel helpless.  That’s ok, though. And if that pain has manifested into hurt, frustration and anger, that’s ok, too.  That’s why you’re here, right?

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The Signs of a Gambling Addiction

Posted by Prelude on Jan 18, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Today, gambling is more accessible than ever. With online clubs and smart phone or tablet applications, gambling is always only a few swipes on your touchscreen away. Recreational gambling is usually done as a social activity with family, friends or colleagues. But something that is recreational can turn into a problem if you aren’t careful.

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Q&A: Substance AbuseTreatment and Recovery

Posted by Prelude on Jan 15, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Have questions about treatment? Want answers on addiction?

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From prevention to intensive residential care, Prelude offers a range of services to help you and your loved one lead a full, productive life.  Prelude Behavioral Services has been providing comprehensive services since 1969. We are committed to serving hard-to-reach and disenfranchised populations and to breaking down barriers that hinder access to behavioral health care for all Iowans.



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