Talk Early, Talk Often: Marijuana Misperceptions

Legal responses to marijuana use across the nation have left many feeling confused about this drug. Paul Fischer and Francine Kosse, two Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors with Fairview Behavioral Services, dispel some of the myths surrounding marijuana use and share how it can negatively impact those that use it, especially youth. For more information on marijuana, check-out our marijuana facts page and resources page.

Prevention Takes A Community

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Bartenders are often called the best therapists and hairstylists hear all the gossip. Take it from Jessica Drake, who has worked both jobs: It’s all true. “Sometimes I go home and stare at the wall and just kind of decompress,” she said, sighing. Drake recalled one client who came to her in crisis. “I’m shaking, because it was really very emotional, that she was recovering from alcoholism and she had a seizure on the floor and her head was dreaded up and I needed to cut it for her.” Sometimes what stylists hear sends shivers down their spine. “It is scary,” Ashley Hebert told WAVY.com. Hebert has encountered people who sound depressed and anxious. “It’s a very sticky si

Talk Early, Talk Often: Social Host Ordinance (SHO)

Oftentimes we get asked - What is a Social Host Ordinance? What isn't it? Why is it important? Listen in as Sheriff Brott of Sherburne County and the Chiefs of Police, Chief Nierenhausen of Elk River Police Department, Chief Baloun of Becker Police Department, and Chief Scharf of Big Lake Police Department answer these important questions! Understanding a Social Host Ordinance: A SHO holds individuals (social hosts) criminally responsible for hosting or allowing an event on private or public property where persons under age 21 possess or consume alcohol, regardless of who supplies the alcohol to the minors. This ordinance applies to situations in which: The social host knows or reasonably sh

Talk Early, Talk Often: Car Talk

Use "natural" opportunities such as driving (or riding) somewhere or during dinner to start open, honest conversations about drinking and other drug use. Seek discussion, don't lecture! Share your own experiences and opinions and how they have changed over the years. As you are willing to open-up and share experiences, so will your child. Here are some tips for starting the conversation: Listen before you talk. Encourage conversation. As parents we want to have "all the answers". And, sometimes we are so anxious to share our wisdom - or our opinion - that we don't take the time to listen. For kids, knowing that we are really listening is the most important thing we can do to help. Talk to yo

Talk Early, Talk Often: Common Approach vs. Better Approach

Finding out your teen used drugs definitely stirs up a parent's emotions. It can be a very confusing time. But the best way to help your teen - and to make sure they hear you - is to remain as calm as possible throughout the conversation. Also, it's as important, if not more, that you listen to them. Do not try to start the conversation when you can tell your child is drunk or high. Hold off until they are sober. You want to be able to have a conversation, rather than a confrontation. Here are a few tips for having more productive conversations: Show your concern. Express to your child that you're worried about them (e.g., "You haven't been yourself lately"). Keep a cool head. Try your best

Talk Early, Talk Often: Checking-In

Texting offers a degree of connection with friends; teens ask about homework, make plans and generally keep in constant contact. At the same time, however, text messaging can also be a great way for parents to keep in touch and monitor what their children are doing without being obtrusive. Teens are more likely to respond to texts that facilitate short, quick responses rather than answering a phone call. Text messaging is a great option for parents and kids to stay in touch because: Parents get a quick answer to their questions. This is good for today's busy kids, who are often in between school and extracurricular activities or hanging out with friends and probably won't, or in some cases c

Talk Early, Talk Often Campaign

Talk Early, Talk Often The best way to keep your kids from drinking and using drugs? It could be as simple as “Talk Early, Talk Often” which is a campaign being spearheaded by the Sherburne County SUP Coalition to help educate and empower parents and other caring adults to have ongoing conversations with the young people in their lives. Research has shown that although it may seem like kids aren’t listening – they really are. Parents are role models for kids and their views on alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs can strongly influence how kids think about them. Make talking about drugs a part of your general health and safety conversations – starting as early as elementary age and continui

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