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Help your teen navigate celebrations substance-free

It can be tough to talk with your teen about drugs and alcohol. It's essential to have these conversations long before events, such as graduations and weddings. These tips can get you started.

Glenn Kauppila, D.O. By Glenn Kauppila May 8, 2023

Binge drinking and your body

While there are some benefits of moderate alcohol use, there are no health benefits for heavy or binge drinking. Here's how it affects your body, including your brain, immune system and liver.

Reiser_Danica_L_M060182 By Danica Reiser April 14, 2023

How youth marijuana, alcohol use impacts life

Talking early with your children about the risks of marijuana and alcohol use may prevent the first use. Get tips to start a conversation about avoiding substance use.

Pravesh Sharma, M.D. By Pravesh Sharma January 17, 2023

What effect does alcohol have on your health — and your liver?

During the COVID-19 pandemic, national alcohol sales have increased more than 50%. Learn about the serious effects alcohol has on your well-being and body.

Omar Mousa MBBS By Omar Mousa September 3, 2021

Recognizing, addressing loved ones' alcohol use

Alcohol is the most used substance for youth and adults. During Alcohol Awareness Month, learn the signs that alcohol is an issue with loved ones, and get tips for providing support for recovery.

Tyler Oesterle, M.D., M.P.H. By Tyler Oesterle April 22, 2021

Have you talked to your children about alcohol use?

Caring adults in children's lives have the power of influence. Get tips to help you talk with your children about the dangers of alcohol — it could save a life.

Tyler Oesterle, M.D., M.P.H. By Tyler Oesterle April 15, 2021

Managing substance abuse disorders during the COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 has interrupted daily routines and caused many people to feel uncertain, stressed or isolated. While this is a difficult time for many, it can be especially challenging for those with underlying substance use disorder. Learn why, and get coping strategies.

Tyler Oesterle, M.D., M.P.H. By Tyler Oesterle May 6, 2020

Finding happiness, gratitude in sobriety

Addiction changes the brain in a way that limits your ability to feel happy. In time, and with sobriety, the brain heals and learns to send the right cues again.

June 25, 2018

Second chance: A new beginning after years of addiction

It was an ordinary trip for Randy Gruhlke to the store to fix his cellphone, when the clerk smelled his breath and was concerned by his behavior.

June 11, 2018

One woman's addiction journey

Suzanne first tried alcohol as a teenager and did not like the taste. As a college student, she enjoyed the way it made her feel. And, as a married adult with children, it became a problematic situation.

Tyler Oesterle, M.D., M.P.H. By Tyler Oesterle March 29, 2018

The problem with kids and cannabis

Young people receive a mixed message about how safe it is for them to use cannabis (marijuana). Cannabis has been legalized for medical or recreational purposes in 23 states and the District of Columbia. The federal government has ended its ban on medical marijuana. New Mexico has authorized the use of medical marijuana without age stipulations. So what's the problem with kids using cannabis? 

February 19, 2015

Drug and alcohol abuse

Drug and alcohol abuse affects millions of Americans every year. Alcohol, designer drugs and prescription drugs are the unseen dangers of today with many children and adults falling prey to substance abuse with little warning.

July 29, 2013