Horizon Blog

Managing the Holidays and Family Obligations

November 30th, 2017

The holidays bring a lot of excitement, but they can also bring a hefty dose of stress. There are additional demands on time and money, expectations and invitations to be social, and changes in our personal routine. That’s all before sitting down to the dinner table with the entire family! It takes care to manage […]

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Tips for Talking to Your Kids About Being Drug-Free: What Works?

October 23rd, 2017

October 23-31 marks Red Ribbon Week. Across the nation, schools will participate the Red Ribbon campaign, which serves to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities. The National Red Ribbon Week theme this year is: Your Future Is Key, So Stay Drug Free™. Did you know that studies show that parents who talk […]

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Pledging Gone Wrong: The Dangers of Hazing and Binge Drinking

August 23rd, 2017

On February 4th, 2017 Evelyn and James Piazza received the call that all parents fear: Their 19 year old son, Timothy Piazza was dead. Cause of death was a combination of a skull fracture and ruptured spleen brought on by a night of excessive drinking. Timothy and his brother were attending Penn State University when […]

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Not Your Average Hide and Seek: Where Teens Hide Drugs

April 25th, 2017

Where Do Teens Hide Drugs From Parents? The following is a list of 10 of the most common places teens may hide substances such as drugs or alcohol. In their school supplies. A new use for those pens and highlighters includes stashing substances within. Highlighters have a space between the tip of the pen and […]

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Does your family need counseling?

November 2nd, 2016

Families can benefit from therapy when there is anything stressful happening that may strain or damage family relationships, such as: financial hardship, divorce, a death in the family substance abuse. Family therapy can be especially helpful to individuals who are being treated for addiction because it can not only get to the root of issues […]

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How To Talk To Your Kids About Tragedy — Personal or Public

September 11th, 2016

These days, the world can be an extra-scary place for kids. In addition to smaller, personal tragedies like losing a beloved pet or relative, the news is full of frightening images and grim reports about terrorist attacks, hate crimes, and natural disasters. As a parent, what’s the best way to answer your kids’ questions? Block, […]

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Why the Impact of Drugs is Worse, and More Damaging, For Teens Than Adults

June 6th, 2016

It’s pretty well-known that teenagers are impulsive, emotional rather than logical, and tend to act without thinking of the long-term consequences of their actions. And when it comes to taking drugs, those long-term consequences can be dire. Why? Teenage brains are still developing. Teenagers are not just less-experienced adults; they are undergoing a particular developmental […]

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Alarming Facts about Teen Alcohol Abuse

October 9th, 2015

As parents, we worry about our children experimenting with alcohol. We worry that one night they may consume too much, become sick, or make a bad decision – possibly with lifelong consequences. What parents may not realize, however, is that their son or daughter could be consuming alcohol more frequently, or at an earlier age, […]

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