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Talking to Your Teen About Your Addiction

Posted by Prelude on Jun 12, 2017 1:54:18 PM

Tough Conversations – Talking About Your Addiction with Your Teenager

School’s out and Iowa teens are enjoying a much needed break from classes, pressure and a lot of stress. But with all the extra free time summer affords, boredom can be a major obstacle for teens who are used to the go-go-go of the school year.
 
For this reason, it’s not surprising that the majority of teens who try drugs or alcohol for the first time do so during the months when school is out, they’re spending more with friends and there’s a sharp decrease in adult supervision. This makes summer an important time to start having conversations about substance abuse.
 
For parents who struggle or have struggled with their own addictions, having a conversation with your teen about substance abuse can be fraught with anxiety. What if they think I’m a hypocrite? Will they even listen to me? Should I lie about my own experiences? It’s important to stay strong and overcome your fears to start that all-important, ongoing conversation about drugs and alcohol.

 

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Topics: Addicton

SAD: Seasonal Affective Disorder

Posted by Prelude on Jan 31, 2017 12:46:16 PM

What Is SAD?

SAD is a fitting acronym for Seasonal Affective Disorder, a seasonal depression that coincides with the shortened days, colder temperatures and the lack of sunshine from November to February.

But SAD is more than just a simple case of the winter blues—it changes your brain chemistry, your mood, your appetite, and importantly for addicts, it can reduce your ability to control impulses. 

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Topics: Addicton, Behavior Management

Tailgating Sober: Rebuilding A Favorite Tradition

Posted by Prelude on Nov 7, 2016 1:32:07 PM

If you’re a football fan, chances are you have a long history with the game. You probably remember going to the stadium for the first time—who you rooted for, who won. And you probably have many memories enjoying the sport with a parent or sibling. You might even keep your first football jersey framed in your rec room. 

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Topics: Addicton, Recovery, College, Drinking

Supporting Your Loved One: How to Help and When to Draw the Line

Posted by Prelude on Oct 27, 2016 2:04:07 PM

Addiction isn’t a self-contained affliction—it affects everyone close to that person. To family and friends, it causes mental anguish and financial stress. It can pose a risk to their safety. And it can damage relationships beyond repair, causing long-term intimacy and trust issues. 

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Topics: Addicton, Recovery

Drinking & Driving - What you should know, what you can do.

Posted by Prelude on Oct 7, 2016 8:54:18 AM

Facing the Facts

Drinking and driving have never gone well together. Not only does alcohol cut your night vision in half and reduce your peripheral vision by up to one-third, in 2015 drunk driving took the lives of 123 Iowans.  

Chances are you heard about one of these deaths on your local news station—you might have even known the victim or their family. But no matter how close or how far removed you are from these stories, the fact remains that drunk driving affects you, it affects your friends and family, and it affects everyone else in our state. 

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Topics: Addicton, Drinking, Alcoholism

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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Topics: Addicton, Recovery

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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Topics: Addicton, Recovery

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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Topics: Addicton

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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Topics: Addicton, Recovery

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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Topics: Addicton

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At Prelude, we work tirelessly to improve the lives of individuals, their families, and members of their communities.

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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