In the Weeds: Cannabis in College

In the Weeds: Cannabis in College

Hey high schoolers and parents! Let’s talk about something that’s on a lot of minds these days: marijuana. On July 1, 2023, the State of Maryland legalized some amount of cannabis use and possession. Since it was now legalized in the state for people over 21, it’s easy to think that college campuses are all…

Parent CRAFT Substance Misuse Prevention Program

Parent CRAFT Substance Misuse Prevention Program

Parent CRAFT is a self-paced online video course that teaches parents the skills they need to meet the risks of substance abuse. Parent CRAFT is based on the proven CRAFT method. This program is for parents who know their child is misusing substances and want to get their child into treatment. This project is made freely…

Holiday Presence: The Gift of Togetherness

Holiday Presence: The Gift of Togetherness

During the holiday season, it’s easy to get caught up in the frenzy of shopping and anticipating the giving and receiving of gifts. In a world that often places so much weight on material possessions, it’s easy to forget that the most cherished and timeless gifts are ones that cannot be wrapped. Rather than focusing…

How Maryland’s New Cannabis Law May Impact Mental Health

How Maryland’s New Cannabis Law May Impact Mental Health

Beginning on July 1st Maryland residents 21 years or over will be able to purchase marijuana for recreational use from licensed dispensaries. The Centers for Disease Control issued a public warning about how using marijuana can increase the risk of mental illness, including schizophrenia, depression, and suicidal ideation. Concerningly, a graph from the National Institutes of Health shows marijuana…

Guiding Good Choices: Filling My Toolbox

Guiding Good Choices: Filling My Toolbox

I didn’t expect to learn so much when I started the Guiding Good Choices parenting classes offered by HC DrugFree several years ago. I wish I had taken these classes sooner. My older children would have benefitted greatly – and so would I. I’m a relatively well-educated person, but I wasn’t prepared for the requirements…

Celebrate Graduation Safely

Celebrate Graduation Safely

As a parent, you are bursting with pride at the sight of your high schooler walking across the stage at Merriweather Post Pavilion. They are about to embark on an exciting journey towards full fledged adulthood. But they aren’t there yet! Their brain won’t be fully developed until 25 years old (we used to think 21!) They…

A Personal Revelation: Who, Me?

A Personal Revelation: Who, Me?

Usually, I think of myself as a kind, thoughtful & compassionate person – I probably pride myself on that, or at least carry a sense of “I’m a good and decent person” around in my mind and spirit. But my adult child pointed something out to me recently which I had not realized: I can…

Safe Prom PROMise

Safe Prom PROMise

According to the CDC, there are many risks to teens who drink and take drugs. Movies and television shows depict parties filled with care-free, beautiful, youthful, smiling faces cavorting and drinking alcohol and taking drugs. So, parents worry their children may be influenced by these messages and get carried away by end of year high school festivities…

Talking with Kids and Teens about Vaping

Talking with Kids and Teens about Vaping

When is the “right” time to start talking with kids about vaping? Probably earlier than you think! Results from the 2022 National Youth Tobacco Survey indicated that 380,000 middle school students and 2.14 million high school students reported using e-cigarettes. Not sure how to start the conversation or what to say? Check out the American Lung Association’s Vaping Conversation…

Mental Health and Vaping in Teens and Young Adults

Mental Health and Vaping in Teens and Young Adults

Recent research by the American Heart Association has found that teens and young adults (ages 13-24) who vape nicotine and/or THC are more likely to also report symptoms of anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts than teens who do not vape. Of those who vape, around 20-30% reported that they started vaping to help cope with stress,…