Parents, Prevention

Setting Rules

As I browse through my TimeHop app and see pictures of my children just a few years ago, I am painfully aware that I have fewer and fewer years left with my kids before they are grown and ready to fly out of the nest.  I swear it was just yesterday I was holding their… Continue reading Setting Rules

Health and Wellness, Parents, Prevention

Stress Busting Ninja

It’s 8 am and I’m already exhausted.  So far, I’ve gotten all three kids ready, fed, and off to 3 different schools despite the fact that my oldest “never has anything to wear” and my youngest spent the entire car ride sobbing because he couldn’t bring the snail he found on the driveway, I showered… Continue reading Stress Busting Ninja

Addiction, Alcohol, Marijuana, Prevention, Recovery, Resources

The Six Fix for Holiday Blues

The holidays are here! It’s my favorite time of the year.  The smells from the kitchen, the lights, the decorations, family all together laughing and having fun, and traditions passed down from generation to generation.  Everyone I run into seems a little more joyful and kind.  However, the holidays aren’t so joyful for everyone.  In… Continue reading The Six Fix for Holiday Blues

National Observances, Prevention, Resources, Suicide

No Boundaries – Suicide Prevention Day

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in our nation, the 9th leading cause of death in the State of Florida.  Suicide not only rocks a family, but entire schools, work places and the community.    The word “suicide” evokes uncomfortable feelings and it’s not a desired conversation over a business lunch, meeting, or the… Continue reading No Boundaries – Suicide Prevention Day

Alcohol, Environmental Strategies, Prevention, Safe Socializing, Social Norms

Advocating for safe socializing

(This guest blog post was reprinted, by permission of the author, Pamela S. Erickson. Ms. Erickson is a leader in the field of alcohol regulation, policy and education. Visit her website: ) There has been great news on the underage drinking front.Young people are not so interested in getting drunk. In both the US… Continue reading Advocating for safe socializing

Addiction, Prevention, Resources

Prevention is for all of us

In the field of substance abuse, we talk about prevention frequently. What does prevention truly mean? Educating the public? Yes. By educating the public, do we bring awareness to the community? Absolutely! That education may lead some of us to have an “Aha! moment.” But what do we know about substance abuse prevention? We can… Continue reading Prevention is for all of us

Environmental Strategies, Healthy Environment, Medication Take-Back, Prescription Drug Misuse, Prevention

Spring Cleaning Time!

Spring is here! Time to get rid of all those unwanted items. As you do your spring cleaning, don’t forget the medicine cabinet! Did you know that "flushed" medicines can get into our watershed and even our harbor and gulf? This can harm our local estuary, wildlife - and even our own drinking water. So, what… Continue reading Spring Cleaning Time!