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September 1, 2017
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Homecoming is Almost Here

Your Teen Still Counts on You! Homecoming — a rite of passage that often comes with higher rates of underage drinking — is an opportunity for parents to […]
September 1, 2017
Parent Resources Goodie Bag

Breaking Down “The Talk” into Little Bites

Research shows that parents are the number one reason teens choose not to use alcohol or other drugs, and the best way to share your expectations is […]
September 1, 2017
Minelle Amezquita

Partner Spotlight: Bridging the Cultural Divide

Being Mexican-American, I grew up learning about my Mexican heritage, while also embracing the American culture. Because I lived both cultures, I noticed differences when it […]
August 18, 2017
Speaker John Underwood

Upcoming Event: Giving Your Teen an Extra Edge with John Underwood

Giving Your Teen an Extra Edge John Underwood: The Human Performance Project A Science Based Program for Parents to Help Guide their Children’s Lifestyle Choices for […]
August 11, 2017
Collage of photos of teens together

New Brochure: Parent Tips for Teen Parties

Community the Anti-Drug is committed to providing resources to support parents in keeping youth drug and alcohol free. The brochure Parent Tips for Teen Parties (also available in […]
June 15, 2017
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Turn Up the Conversation Heat

June/July are Peak Times for Teen Drinking & Drug Use Summertime presents our teens with a lot of unplanned free time and unexpected social pressures. Teens may turn to […]
June 15, 2017
Photo of Margaret Polovchak of OMNI Youth Services

Partner Spotlight: Staying Connected During Break

As a working parent of a 14-year-old son, ensuring his summer safety seems a daunting task.  His summer schedule, typical among his peers who are all […]
May 10, 2017
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Text-A-Tip: Help is a Text (or an App) Away

Your teen may be concerned about a friend or just not sure where to turn for help. An immediate response from a trained counselor — anytime […]
May 10, 2017
Paul Shafer Police Chief Highland Park Police Department

Partner Spotlight: “Prom-posal” for May Celebrations

As students prepare for prom and graduation festivities, so do our local police departments. Our goal is always for our students to celebrate these events SAFELY! Here is […]
May 1, 2017
2016 Annual Report Cover

CTAD Annual Report

Community – the Anti-Drug is a growing, thriving organization. You can view the 2016 Annual Report to read about CTAD’s many accomplishments, and the organization’s goals […]
April 13, 2017
Key in lock

Lock it Up!

Where do kids get alcohol? Well, we asked them.  Of those who drank alcohol in the previous 30 days, 12% of the 8th graders, 22% of the […]
April 13, 2017
Teenage Bedroom

What’s in Your Teen’s Room?

Join us Tuesday, April 18, 2017 and find out.  Hidden in Plain Sight!   April 18, 2017  |  1-2:30pm & 7-8:30pm (same program each session) Jewett […]
April 13, 2017
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Partner Spotlight: David Newton, SunCloud Health

Encouraging Positive Choices During Alcohol Awareness Month The disease of addiction in America is one that seems to be getting worse as evidenced by what has […]
March 20, 2017
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Spring Break: Vacation from Routine Not from Rules

Research shows unsupervised youth (whether home or on vacation) are 3 times more likely to engage in risky behaviors. The good news is that when parents/guardians […]
March 20, 2017
Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering

Partner Spotlight: Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering on The Strength of Shared Values

The Strength of Shared Values By City of Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering As parents, we work hard to raise our children to reflect our values. […]
February 27, 2017
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Strengthening Bonds To Keep Your Child Safe

The Nighttime Chat is the New Bedtime Story! How do you stay involved with your child when school and social activities involve you less and less? A […]
February 27, 2017
Video preview of District 109 Botvin video

Deerfield Public School District 109: Highlights of the Botvin LifeSkills Program

District 109 has taken a big step toward equipping its students and their families with tools that will help reduce substance use and abuse among children. […]
February 15, 2017

Communication is Key

Results of the Illinois Youth Survey show that most Deerfield High School and Highland Park High School students — 70% — choose to be alcohol free. […]
January 19, 2017

CTAD Successes in 2016

At CTAD’s Annual Meeting in December, coalition members gathered to review our accomplishments, develop a strategic plan for the coming year, and elect new board members. […]
January 19, 2017

How to Keep Your Cool with Your Teen

We have all heard it before: Don’t let your emotions get the best of you when your teen’s emotions go into overdrive. Easier said than done, […]
January 19, 2017

Partner Spotlight: A Legal Perspective from Anthony Kropp Deerfield High School Resource Officer

As a member of the Deerfield Police Department, I have served as Deerfield High School’s School Resource Officer – a first for the school – since […]
January 4, 2017

What’s the Big Deal about Marijuana? And How Your Teen Can Be Your Greatest Resource

With many states passing medical marijuana laws, and in some cases laws for recreational use of marijuana, it’s sometimes hard to convey that marijuana use can […]
January 2, 2017

Did You Get Your Card?

Did you notice the postcard we sent you among your holiday cards? We hope the information about the impact of marijuana on the teen brain will […]
January 2, 2017

Partner Spotlight: Message from District 113 Board of Education Member Michelle Culver

As a mother of four, a member of the District 113 community and a District 113 school board member, I love the mission CTAD has set out […]
December 12, 2016

Holiday Celebrations & Teen Expectations

With the holidays around the corner, parents can reinforce their family’s expectations as it relates to alcohol so everyone can enjoy the spirit of the season. […]
December 12, 2016

Partner Spotlight: Message from Court Williams, Rector at Trinity Episcopal Church

The holidays are once again upon us and our hearts are light as we anticipate the joy of celebrating with friends and family. We love this […]
December 5, 2016

Upcoming Event: Drug Dilemma – Parent, Professional & Community Response

When: Thursday, December 8, Doors open at 6:30, 7 p.m. start Where: Highland Park High School Auditorium Hear about education and prevention strategies to reduce the […]
December 5, 2016

Upcoming Event: From Prevention to Intervention: When to Guide, When to Let Go & When to Take Action

When: Wednesday, December 7th at 5 p.m.  Where: SunCloud Health at 210 Skokie Valley Rd, Suite A, Highland Park Join parents, educators, coaches, and others who support youth […]
November 15, 2016

Partner Spotlight: A Message from District 113 Superintendent Dr. Chris Dignam

As both a parent and life-long educator, I am deeply concerned about the pressures our children face each day and how we, as the important adults […]
October 25, 2016

CTAD Receives $625K Drug-Free Communities Grant

Community –The Anti-Drug (CTAD) has been awarded a $625,000 federal grant.  This Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Grant, funded by the Office of National Drug Control Policy, is […]
October 18, 2016

Parent Guide to Hosting Teen Parties

Parties are an important part of young people’s lives for socialization, relaxation, and entertainment. Unfortunately, hosting or going to a party often includes other activities that could […]
October 7, 2016

Job Posting: CTAD Program Coordinator

  Position and Responsibilities: The Program Coordinator reports to the coalition’s Executive Director and works to build the capacity and leverage the resources of the coalition […]
August 26, 2016

Typical Teenage Behavior?

While most teens in our area make the healthy choice to not use alcohol and other drugs, others are struggling with frequent use or addiction. For […]
July 27, 2016

Teen Brain Development

Teen Brain Development Weather in Chicago is a lot like a teenager–unpredictable from one moment to the next. Teens are in a phase of change with […]
June 22, 2016
Summer and Transitions

Transitions and Summertime

Transitions and Summertime School is out, and the passage from school to summer comes with plenty of transitions for our teens. Tweens are transitioning from grade […]
May 29, 2016
Father and Son Talking

Parents: Your Words and Actions are Powerful

Parents: Your Words and Actions are Powerful While parent-child conversations about not drinking are essential, talking isn’t enough. As kids become teens, the pressures to drink become almost […]
May 29, 2016
Welcome to CTAD

CTAD Introduction Letter

Welcome to Community The Anti-Drug We’re back–with a new name Just over six years ago, in partnership with Districts 106, 109, 112, 113, and the private […]
May 29, 2016
Talk to Your Kids about Drugs

Talk to Your Kids: They Do Hear You

Talk to Your Kids: They Do Hear You When it comes to talking to children about alcohol and drugs, parents are often uneasy about what to say, leading […]