Talking with those around us about alcohol and other substances can reduce negative health consequences, improve family and work life, and promote overall well-being. One Degree: Shift the Influence empowers each of us to be the influence and help change the lives of those we care about.
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Sometimes we avoid topics because we aren’t sure how to approach them. These conversations matter.
It is possible to have positive, open conversations that will make those you care about feel supported. No need to be an expert, use some of these simple, evidence-based techniques.
Asking questions that can’t be answered with a simple yes or no is a great way to get people to open up
When someone feels understood and knows you are listening, it is easier for them to talk openly
Showing them that you care and want to understand their perspective helps to build trust
You started the conversation, now keep it going. Let them know you are there to listen, support, and problem-solve.
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Women’s Health & Alcohol, to talk with a virtual nurse to learn more about how alcohol impacts women’s physical and mental health.
Exposure to alcohol in breast milk linked with children’s reasoning deficits.
Dispose of medications in a safe and responsible manner.
Determine how substance use could be affecting the health of you or those you care about.
Explore treatment centers near you.
Get connected to the care you need.
Programs for healthcare and mental health professionals experiencing substance use, mental health and/or physical health problems.
For mothers struggling with addiction.
Responsible use is smart use.
How to have the talk with your LGBTQ+ friends about their mental health.
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How you can get your care covered.
Information on Parity, presented by the Kennedy Forum.
Recognize violations of insurance rules.