February 25, 2019
Quick—how many prescription medicines are in your house right now?
Are you sure?
A recent study in the Journal of Drug Education indicated that as many as 77% of households keep at least one prescription medicine in their home that could be used for non-medical purposes. These include not only opioid-based pain medications, but also sedatives (benzodiazepines or other anxiety medications) and stimulants such as ADHD medications. All these medications have the potential for abuse, and they’re most likely to be abused by kids and adolescents.
February 1, 2019
Here at Unison Health, we believe there are always opportunities to have open, honest discussions with your children about the risks of drugs and alcohol — and the time leading up to prom night is certainly no exception. The State of Ohio offers some tips to help you start talking (and keep talking) to your kids about substance abuse. Here are some things to remember as you enter into these conversations around prom season.
December 20, 2018
“Kids just don’t listen!”
If you’re a parent — and especially if you have teenagers — we’re willing to bet you’ve had this thought at least once. It turns out, though, that this just isn’t true. No matter how it might seem when you’re telling them to put down the video game controller, your kids are listening to you.
December 3, 2018
As we’ve said before, many people begin abusing drugs and alcohol as a way of self-medicating their physical and emotional health issues. But what if people were given the tools to cope with their negative thoughts and behaviors without turning to substances?
October 29, 2018
Some young people, though, might still be struggling with their new environments, and their difficulties adjusting could indicate a more serious problem. Teachers, parents, and other caregivers can all play a role in identifying behavioral and emotional challenges in children, and together with Unison Health, we can help these kids find a path to a more well-adjusted school experience.
October 22, 2018
With the onset of major behavioral health issues such as bipolar or schizoaffective disorders, people are often not fully aware of what is happening to them, or if they are, they may lack access to effective treatment options.