The author of Weed, Inc. and national cannabis policy expert, Ben Cort, joined us for a conversation about the cannabis industry, and what we can learn about the impact on communities, and particularly young people, in a state where cannabis use has been on the rise.
Now more than ever, technology plays a vital role in all our lives. It keeps us connected and can educate, illuminate and entertain. With increased use, kids can develop an unhealthy dependence on tech as an escape or way to avoid life’s challenges. Gaming, social media, and streaming entertainment can be fun and relaxing, but moderation can easily slide toward dependence. We’ll provide strategies to help our kids develop a healthy relationship with technology, and skills to practice self-care. Michael Blanche, MSS, LCSW, a counselor specializing in adolescents and young adults, will discuss the real-world challenges facing adolescents and young adults. .
We have seen a dramatic change in the form and potency of substances over time. Fentanyl has devastated our region, “tranq” (xylazine) use has escalated, and poly-substance use is much more common. This program addressed the trends being seen by behavioral health professionals, experienced by people in recovery, and will explore the newest outpatient and inpatient treatment options. We were joined by treatment and health care professionals, and individuals in recovery. This program was funded by the Montgomery County Office of Drug & Alcohol.
We recently sat down with a physician, a mental health clinician, a person who previously used cannabis, and a high school student to have an honest and informed conversation about cannabis, substance use disorder, mental health, and ways to connect teens with the best support systems. Topics were based on questions asked anonymously by Montgomery County high school students. Part of the Youth Marijuana Prevention Project. Funded by the Montgomery County Office of Drug & Alcohol.
Early recovery (up to two years) can be a hopeful and healing time, particularly when reinforced by safe, supportive housing. Where someone lives during this important period is crucial to reducing “triggers” and the return to use. Recovery housing provides individuals who have a substance use disorder with a greater chance of achieving long-term recovery and is associated with numerous positive outcomes, including: • Decreased substance use • Reduced probability of relapse/re-occurrence • Lower rates of incarceration • Higher income • Increased employment • Improved family functioning Our panel helped us to navigate the various types of housing, from therapeutic to structured to flexible. We explored the best opportunities for recovery to thrive!
Drugs, alcohol, gaming, social media, sex/love, spending/shopping, eating, pornography, relationships/codependency, gambling, exercise. These are the substances and behaviors that can derail a life and devastate the people connected to that life. We looked at addiction through a wide-angle lens and explored the spectrum of addiction and its many manifestations. We heard from experts who have dedicated their lives to understanding and treating addiction and the families who are impacted. We also heard a personal story that helped us to understand the complexity of behavioral and interactive addictions.