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Four Tips for Helping Your ADHD Student Have a Successful Year

For parents of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), certainly there can be ADHD 1some unique challenges when it comes to organization and school preparedness. While every parent wants her child to be the best that she can be, sometimes it’s difficult to know what steps to take to make that happen. Building structure and support into daily life is often critical for those with ADHD as many find it difficult to concentrate and stay on task without it.

Here are four tips to help children with ADHD achieve a successful school year:

  1. Everything in its place. It’s much easier to stay organized when everything has a home. For instance, purchase binders for each specific subject and consider color coding materials. This will eliminate paperwork confusion. Also, at night, backpacks should live close near the door so they are ready to pick up and go in the morning. Have labeled bins for sports equipment and frequently used items that might otherwise go missing.


  1. List it. List making is a characteristic of many well-organized individuals. There are two reasons for this. First, writing down the day’s agenda and what needs to be accomplished helps commit the list to memory. Second, seeing the list written out provides a good visual cue so that important details of the day are not left unattended. Creating lists of responsibilities and daily events will also help provide your teen with a sense of accountability and direction.
  2. Plan for homework and assignments. All coursework, assignments, and tests should be recorded in a planner and reviewed regularly. Sometimes it helps if your teen has a friend with whom she can follow up and verify this information. Sit down with your teen and work out a nightly homework schedule with goals for what time each assignment should be finished. Planning ahead will help prevent procrastination and minimize stress.
  3. Follow up. Check in with your teen daily to see how things are going and ensure that coursework is being completed. If a teen is easily distracted, try letting her work on it intermittently in shorter time blocks. Let her find the method that works best for her.

As of CDC figures from 2007, ADHD affects as many 5.4 million children between the ages of four and 17. Family Guidance works with families of teens and children living with ADHD, and assessments are offered to address the condition and any accompanying conditions, such as depression. If you would like to learn more about symptom management for ADHD, contact Family Guidance Center today.

Women: When Does Alcohol Consumption Become Problematic?

While most experts agree that having an occasional drink is nothing to worry about, some wonder how much is too much.  The answer to that question really depends on a number of factors. For most women, one drink a day isn’t considered harmful, with one drink defined by experts as no more than one 12 ounce can of beer or a five ounce tumbler of wine. Of course, some people metabolize alcohol better than others, so drinking up to two beverages a day doesn’t necessarily constitute the definition of an alcoholic.

According to addiction specialist, Nancy Jarrell of Arizona psychiatric hospital, Sierra Tucson, problematic drinking is more defined in terms of three factors – compulsion, control, and consequences. A woman whose regular routine often involves alcohol, who frequently drinks more than intended and who experiences negative outcomes from her drinking should seek professional help.

Regardless of how often a woman drinks, other signs of a problem include risky behaviors related to alcohol such as promiscuity and dangerous driving, constantly saying things that are inappropriate, passing out, or frequently waking up with a hangover. The litmus test for alcohol is really about the harmful consequences it bears on the individual’s life.

Some woman may be more predisposed to problematic drinking than others. While external factors such as a stressful work environment may come into play, favorable family attitudes toward drinking, a history of mental disorders, and being around friends who drink all can elevate a person’s risk.

Daily alcohol consumption has also been linked with an increased risk for breast cancer. Anyone from neighbors, friends, parents, and coworkers can be affected by substance abuse. Each year Family Guidance helps 1,600 members of the community with counseling and programs that are integral for lasting recovery. If you suspect someone you know is living with addiction, urge him or her to contact Family Guidance Center for an overall approach to wellness that works.

National Recovery Month Observed in September

September is National Recovery Month, a time to celebrate the gains made by those in addiction Recovery 1recovery and to educate the public regarding how treatment plans and mental health services are helping to transform people’s lives each day for the better. For 24 years now, Recovery Month has been a period set aside to honor the achievements in substance abuse recovery.

Created in 1989 and originally known as TreatmentWorks! Month, the observance was initially meant to commemorate the work of professionals in the field of addiction recovery. In 1998 the name changed to National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month (Recovery Month), and the observance grew to also honor the positive strides made by those individuals working through substance use disorders. Two years ago, the observance evolved again to incorporate all elements of behavioral health and is now celebrated as National Recovery Month (Recovery Month).

This year Recovery Month focuses on the elements of prevention as well as the many paths to treatment and recovery. Each of these together plays an important role helping to strengthen the potential for a rewarding and healthy life.

There are currently over 200 government organizations at all levels that have joined in partnership with various charitable organizations committed to furthering prevention as well as treatment and recovery services. Together they comprise the Planning Partners’ group which aids in awareness and the distribution of materials and promotional materials. These resources are then distributed to communities to help reach out to those in need.

Recovery from substance abuse can and does happen. Recovery Month helps spread the message that together we can make a positive impact on the lives of others by making programs for prevention, treatment, and recovery more accessible to the public.

Overcoming substance abuse and the process of recovery is not unlike managing chronic physical health problems such as diabetes or hypertension. For over 100 years Family Guidance has been working to eliminate stigma associated with substance use and other mental health disorders. To find out ways you can support your local community during Recovery Month, or if you know someone in need of substance abuse treatment, contact Family Guidance.