Trauma Healing and The Brain, – Discussing the Effect of Trauma and The Link to Drug Addiction

Posted by on May 31, 2016 in Children's Mental Health, family support, Mental Illness, Recovery, self care, Substance Abuse, sustainable family support organization | Comments Off on Trauma Healing and The Brain, – Discussing the Effect of Trauma and The Link to Drug Addiction

We hear a lot about the effects of trauma and the importance of trauma-informed care these days and for good reason. For those of you who may have missed our blog in the last two weeks, Gabor Maté is a medical doctor recently retired from active practice. He was a family physician for two decades and for seven years he served as Medical Coordinator of the Palliative Care Unit at Vancouver Hospital in British Columbia. For twelve years he worked in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside with patients challenged by hard core addiction, mental illness, HIV and related conditions. For two years he was...

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Consequences of Stressed Parenting

Posted by on May 31, 2016 in Children's Mental Health, family support, GPS for Youth and Families, Mental Illness, Recovery, self care, Substance Abuse | Comments Off on Consequences of Stressed Parenting

Stress is again the focus of this week’s blog and video offering.   Dr. Gabor Maté talks about the link between stressed parenting and the preponderance of childhood disorders like ADHD, autism and oppositional defiant disorder. The talk was given at the KMT Child Development & Community Conference. It underscores the importance of managing the stress in our lives for our own well-being and for that of our families.

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Talking with Children about Marijuana

Posted by on Mar 28, 2016 in Substance Abuse | Comments Off on Talking with Children about Marijuana

TALKING WITH CHILDREN ABOUT MARIJUANA “Marijuana remains the most abused illegal substance among our youth, today. By the time they graduate high school, about 46 percent of U.S. teens will have tried marijuana at least once in their lifetime.”[1]  As parents, we worry and strive to keep our children on a safe and healthy path, working to give them the tools necessary to live a safe and healthy life. With the growing legalization of marijuana across the country, the conversation around and about marijuana has changed. How should we be adjusting our conversations with our youth that take...

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