April 13, 2019
How Does Your Teen Say "No"

How Teens Say No

How Teens Say No A: In So Many Ways While our local survey data shows most of our students make healthy choices, prom is a high-risk […]
April 12, 2019
Parent/Peer Approval Strong Influence

60 Second Conversation Starter: Approve or Disapprove

60 Second Conversation Starter: Approve or Disapprove Parent/Peer Approval Strong Influence A teen’s #1 influence in their decision not to drink or misuse drugs is their parents. Seeking […]
April 5, 2019

Prom & Post-Prom

Prom & Post-Prom Tips & Templates for Parents In our community, DHS & HPHS students are fortunate to have two wonderful, supervised after party options following […]
April 5, 2019
Officer Rheanna Hall

Keeping Teens Safe at Parties & After Prom

Keeping Teens Safe at Parties & After Prom by Officer Rheanna Hall, DHS School Resource Officer With prom season quickly approaching, it’s important to be aware […]
March 15, 2019

A 60 Second Conversation Starter

A 60 Second Conversation Starter Continuing the Conversation with an Older Teen While most DHS & HPHS students perceive that their parents think it’s wrong for […]
March 15, 2019
Iceberg infographic

Shining a Light on the Dark Web

Shining a Light on the Dark Web Program Resources Did you miss last month’s informative parent program on ways to keep teens safe on the internet […]
March 15, 2019

Prepared for the Unexpected

Prepared for the Unexpected   The majority of teens in our communities choose to be drug free. This public service announcement (PSA) highlights how this choice […]
March 15, 2019
Chief Lou Jogmen portrait

Drugged Driving

Drugged Driving By Lou Jogmen, Chief of Police, City of Highland Park Fast Facts:Clinical studies have shown that marijuana significantly impairs judgment, motor coordination, and reaction […]
February 15, 2019

60 Second Conversation Starter

60 Second Conversation Starter Speaking from the Heart Valentine’s season is the perfect time to tell your child how much they are loved and to reinforce that […]
February 15, 2019

The Choice is Yours

The Choice is Yours Parents and friends influence teens’ decisions, but ultimately the choice to stay drug-free is theirs. This public service announcement (PSA) highlights what the […]
February 15, 2019
mom teen hugging

5 Conversation Goals

5 Conversation Goals Heart to Heart Talks Show disapproval of underage drinking/drug misuse – As the #1 influence in your child’s life, send a strong message of disapproval through […]
February 15, 2019
Jorie Ouimet family photo

Note to Parents: Your Love is #1

Note to Parents: Your Love is #1 Did you know you are the number one influence in your child’s life when it comes to substance use prevention? […]
January 15, 2019

CTAD 2018 Accomplishments & New Board of Directors

CTAD 2018 Accomplishments & New Board of Directors At CTAD’s Annual Meeting in December, coalition members gathered to review our many accomplishments, elect new board members, and […]
January 15, 2019
2019 New Year's resolution lists

60 Second Conversation Starter: Why teens choose alcohol-free

60 Second Conversation Starter: Why teens choose alcohol-free As we think about our 2019 goals and resolutions, what motivates District 113 students to make the choice […]
January 15, 2019

The Teen Brain

The Teen Brain A Developing Work of Art Research shows a teen’s brain is under development until age 25. This public service announcement (PSA) highlights the […]
January 15, 2019
John Petzke portrait

Beyond Saying “No”

Beyond Saying “No” My wife Leann and I met at Illinois State University, where we were both drawn to education. Leann taught middle school math while I […]
December 29, 2018

A 60 Second Conversation Starter

A 60 Second Conversation Starter You Know Your Child Best Some good news to share: 89% of DHS & HPHS students have at least one adult […]
December 22, 2018

Event: Shine a Light on the Dark Web

Event: Shine a Light on the Dark Web Keep Teens Safe on the Internet Tuesday, February 26, 2019 Two presentations: 12:30 pm, West Ridge Center, HP […]
December 22, 2018

3 Tips to a Better Night’s Sleep

3 Tips to a Better Night’s Sleep Many demands on teens often mean they don’t get adequate sleep. This public service announcement (PSA) highlights simple changes […]
December 8, 2018

Keeping Calm During Final Exams

Keeping Calm During Final Exams As our students prepare to take final exams before the holiday break, the DHS & HPHS Counseling Departments offer parents/guardians the […]
December 1, 2018

Tips to Help Your Kids (and You) Cope with Stress

Tips to Help Your Kids (and You) Cope with Stress As adults, we accept stress as a normal part of life and can navigate our stressors. […]
November 24, 2018

Rules Aren’t Just for Board Games – Plus 60 Second Conversation Starter

Rules Aren’t Just for Board Games – Plus 60 Second Conversation Starter Parent and youth surveys show that parents and their teens are on the same page about […]
November 17, 2018

Teen Success & Health: Delaying Alcohol Use

Teen Success & Health: Delaying Alcohol Use Teens work hard at school, sports, extracurricular activities, and their jobs to be the best they can be. This […]
November 3, 2018

Creating Holiday Traditions

Creating Holiday Traditions Families Embracing Their Communities It’s the holiday season – Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, New Year’s Day… and those are the major ones! A Google […]
October 20, 2018

60 Second Conversation Starter: What’s Your Reason?

60 Second Conversation Starter: What’s Your Reason? There are new posters up at DHS & HPHS. It’s a great conversation starter!“I hear there are posters up […]
October 13, 2018

I am… Therefore I Choose…

I am… Therefore I Choose… Teens choose to be drug free for a whole host of good reasons. A public service announcement (PSA), playing on monitors at DHS & […]
October 5, 2018

Best Line of Defense Against Fake IDs

Best Line of Defense Against Fake IDs As Chief of Police and a CTAD Board Member, I feel it is our responsibility to provide parents and […]
September 22, 2018

Parent to Parent Communication

Parent to Parent Communication Connected Parents = Peace of Mind “Why are you the ONLY parent saying no to our plans?” If you haven’t yet heard […]
September 15, 2018

Flavoring is Not Just Flavoring

Flavoring is Not Just Flavoring The Truth and Harm Behind Labels Teens know all about the variety of vape juice flavors, but what they may not […]
September 8, 2018

Homecoming Season is Here

Homecoming Season is Here A Time to Connect with Teens and Parents Often associated with higher rates of underage drinking and other risky behaviors, Homecoming season […]
September 1, 2018

Delta: Believe in Change

Delta: Believe in Change Students Striving to Be Their Best Youth are the leading experts in school culture. Combining this expertise with their passion, skills, and […]
August 30, 2018
Teen and parent driving

A 60 Second Conversation Starter

A 60 Second Conversation Starter Once school starts, it can be difficult to find a few minutes to check in with your child, but this can […]
August 30, 2018

Academics, Athletics & Activities

Academics, Athletics & Activities Challenges On and Off the Field Marijuana negatively affects a teen’s performance in all areas. Public service announcements (PSAs), such as this one, […]
August 30, 2018

Back to School Pressures

Back to School Pressures Parents on the Front Lines Teens are particularly vulnerable to social pressures at the start of each school year as a way […]
August 30, 2018
Anna and her friends

Courage From One of Our Own – Reflections from Freshman Year

Courage From One of Our Own Reflections from Freshman Year Starting college can be scary. Everyone is trying their best just to fit in – and […]
June 25, 2018

60 Second Conversation Starter

According to CTAD’s 2018 Parent Survey, 93.5% of District 113 parents do not allow their teen to drink alcohol. This summer, remind your children about your […]
June 25, 2018

Local Family & Teen Summer Fun

For those times you are enjoying summer closer to home, consider some of our amazing community events to have fun with the family – or on […]
June 25, 2018

Planning a Trip Abroad?

What’s the local drinking age? That is a question that is not always considered while planning a trip abroad with teenagers. However addressing situations that may arise […]
May 30, 2018

Get Help: Get the Apps

Visit www.communitytheantidrug.org/help for information about how to get the Lake County Help or the Glenbrook Help app so you can get safe, anonymous help from a trained counselor […]
May 9, 2018

CTAD 2017 Annual Report

Community – The Anti-Drug has released the CTAD 2017 Annual Report. It includes information on funding and partners, and highlights the many accomplishments of the coalition in 2017. […]
April 17, 2018
Click to play PSA on teen driving

Prepare for the Unexpected Teens Staying Alert on the Road

In this latest public service announcement (PSA), airing at DHS and HPHS, teens learn to be ready for the unexpected by staying alert and drug-free while […]
April 17, 2018

4/20 – Just an Ordinary Day?

What Parents Should Know Cannabis users celebrate April 20th as a “holiday” — specifically at 4:20 in the afternoon. The origins of “420” are not clearly […]
April 17, 2018
Deerfield High School Prom After Party Photo of Students

The Secrets to Its Success: The Team Behind the DHS After Party

‘It takes a village’ is an overused cliché, but in the case of DHS’s Prom After Party, it’s the secret to its long-running success over 11 […]
March 23, 2018

“Nah, No Thanks, I’m Good” – The Many Ways Teens Say “NO”

There are many ways teens can say no without losing face to friends. A new public service announcement (PSA) currently playing on monitors in common areas of DHS and […]
March 23, 2018
Teens on Spring Break

Spring Break: Trusting Your Teen While Setting Clear Limits

Require supervision on spring break trips. Even the most responsible teen is not prepared for challenges they may face. While you may trust your teen, it’s important […]
March 23, 2018
Dr. Kim Dennis

Partner Spotlight: Dr. Kim Dennis

Spring Break Tests Boundaries Trust Your Family’s Values Spring break for teens may include travel with other families or organizations – with the typical teen delighting […]
March 12, 2018
CTAD staff working together

Job Opportunity: CTAD Program Assistant

Community – the Anti-Drug is seeking a Program Assistant to help ensure that CTAD Coalition activities are successful by assisting CTAD staff, Board of Directors and volunteers […]
March 8, 2018
PSA Video Image

“I am… Therefore I Choose…”

Showing at a High School Near You! Teens choose to be drug free for a whole host of excellent reasons. A new public service announcement (PSA) currently playing on monitors […]
March 8, 2018
Village of Riverwoods Logo

Village of Riverwoods Protects our Youth with Tobacco 21

Breaking news: the Village of Riverwoods passed a Tobacco 21 ordinance last week which raises the minimum sales age to purchase tobacco products–including e-cigarettes and vape […]
March 8, 2018
Dr. Aaron Weiner presents to local parents

Clearing the Vapor: Filtering Facts from Myths on Vaping, Juuling and Cannabis

“It [vaping] is so easy to hide now. It’s all new and we don’t even know what to look for. If you don’t have the language, […]
March 8, 2018
Bryan Rome & Claudia Lopez Deans at Highland Park High School & CTAD Coalition Members

Partner Spotlight: HPHS Deans Bryan Rome & Claudia Lopez

The Deans Will See You Now: Helping Students are Their Top Priority As the deans at Highland Park High School, our primary role is to assist […]
January 3, 2018
Flash drive or vape pen?

Clear the Vapor:  Filtering Facts from Myths on Vape Pens, Juuling & Cannabis

Wednesday, January 31 1:00 – 2:30 pm, Deerfield Public Library, 920 Waukegan Rd, Deerfield OR 7:00 – 8:30 pm, Highland Park High School Commons, 433 Vine Ave, Highland Park (same program […]
December 13, 2017
PSA Video Image

Your Teen’s Future is Bright

PSA Speaks to Reaching Potential Teens determine their futures. This latest public service announcement (PSA) explores the negative impact alcohol has on the developing teen brain. One […]
December 13, 2017
Anita Schmidt, Family Service of Lake County

Partner Spotlight: What is One Thing Adolescents Want? To Feel Heard.

I hear time and time again from the adolescents I see in my therapy practice that they do not feel heard by the adults in their […]
November 21, 2017
Teens who say they're vaping "just flavoring" are unaware they contain other harmful substances

Vaping & Juuling

Vaping was the #1 most searched word on Google in 2015. What does it mean and what harm does it pose to our kids? Lake County […]
November 21, 2017
Cartoon of family at Thanksgiving dinner

Partner Spotlight: Martin Clancy, Lake County Health Department

Enjoy the Conversations: Showing Gratitude During Thanksgiving Turkey with cranberry sauce and stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy — all traditional Thanksgiving dishes topping a beautiful dining table. […]
September 1, 2017
Girls in dresses showing wrist coursages

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
Teens together at sunset

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
Lake County Help app icon

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
David Newton, SunCloud Health Profile Picture

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
Teenage girls on beach taking selfie

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
Mother and daughter sitting on bed talking

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 […]