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Volunteer Spotlight: Tarithia Bracy

Student Programs is by far one of APC’s largest prevention initiatives.  We host peer led, adult supervised student groups in local high schools called INFOCUS groups. Students gather during club time or before /after school to discuss and educate each other on information surrounding drugs and alcohol and also the catalyst issues that lead to

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How Big Tobacco Targeted and Deliberately Harmed the Black Community

An important part of fighting against racism and social justice involves taking a look at the historical roots of racism in the United States as well as how racism still plays a role in the United States today. Unfortunately, the justice system is not the only institution guilty of racism and complete disregard for the

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The Social Impasse: Teens & Their Screens

On February 11, 2021, we were joined by Derek Osborn, Certified Prevention Specialist, to discuss the influence that social media has on the lives of our teens. From feeling connected to bullying, education to compulsion, and more… social media can have a positive or negative impact on our mental health. Derek shares with us some

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This Is What It Was Like Doing My First Fourth Step

While I was in rehab, we attended local 12-Step meetings three times each week. One of these meetings was a women’s 12-Step study where we read the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous and discussed the 12 steps. Since it was my first time trying to get sober, I had personally never been through the steps

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Codependency Part, III

My final post in this series discusses the emotional fallout of boundary setting and gives some suggestions for how to manage the challenges of boundary maintenance. Codependency is seemingly-harmless until those behaviors escalate to the point that everyone involved in codependent relationship dynamics suffers. The act of addressing codependency is not without its own challenges,

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Marketing to the Youth of America: How Big Tobacco Leveraged Advertising to Reach Young People

In 2018, cigarette and smokeless tobacco companies spent a total of $25 million each day on marketing.[1] Whether you realize it or not, every time you use a social media platform or online search engine, you are being targeted by online advertisements and marketers. Marketing is a powerful tool, and it can be used for

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