Social Media Prevention Campaigns

Have you heard about Be The Wall? This organization offers social media prevention campaigns targeted towards middle school teens, high school teens and parents.

Brief Intervention Helps Adolescents Curb Substance Use

Drug- and alcohol-involved middle and high school students markedly reduced their substance use following two 60-minute sessions that combined motivational interviewing (MI) and cognitive behavioral therapy.  The students also reported significantly fewer substance-related symptoms of substance use disorders during the 6 months after the intervention compared with the 6 months before it.  Adding a separate 1-hour MI-based session with a parent or primary caregiver enhanced the beneficial effects. Continue reading…

Kids Who First Drink During Puberty…

New research shows that youths who first drink during puberty are at greater risk for developing later alcohol problems.  “Most teenagers have their first alcoholic drink during puberty. However, most research on the risks of early-onset alcohol use up to now has not focused on the pubertal stage during which the first alcoholic drink is consumed,” said Miriam Schneider, Ph.D., a researcher at the Central Institute of Mental Health, University of Heidelberg, and one of the authors of the new study. Click here for full story…

NC Voices for Prevention Heard on Capital Hill

On February 6th, a North Carolina delegation again descended upon Washington, D.C. to participate in CADCA’s Capital Hill Day.  Meetings were held with Senator Burr’s staff, Senator Hagan’s staff and U.S. Representative Mark Meadows (District 11). Our goal was simple – to ensure our elected representatives heard our voices as One Voice for Prevention.   We had well over two dozen people to pack into a conference room and talk substance abuse prevention with Senator Hagan’s Staff.  Shortly thereafter, another large group met with Senator Burr’s Staff.  The information was well received during both visits with the Senator’s representative assuring…