RESOURCES FOR ADULTS
"Turn Anxiety into Your Superpower" ONLINE Presentation
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“Turn Anxiety into your Superpower”
The Neuroscience of Stress, Anxiety & Trauma
Brain Hacks for Resilience
Learn more about:
The Neuroscience of stress, anxiety, and trauma
Strategies to use stress and anxiety as a productive force in your life
Resources & tools for people all ages
Free ONLINE Bilingual Presentations
for people all ages
Knowledge on Substance Abuse & Mental Health is Power!
FREE monthly Bilingual Online
“Empowered Families” Webinars
on Substance Abuse Prevention & Mental Health in 2023
The FREE Online Bilingual Family Webinars are designed to empower parents and teens with current information on the local trends and risks of substance abuse and mental health. The presentations will include local experts and local teens to support parents, teens, and trusted adults with information, skills, and opportunities to get involved. We encourage you to attend the webinars with your teens so that you have shared language in how to continue the conversations after. All webinars will be held on ZOOM and will have Spanish translation.
Zoom link for all “Empowered Families” Webinars:
Meeting ID: 856 3926 7461 Passcode: 397459
Topics of all “Empowered Families” Webinars 2023
Thursday, Jan 19, 2023, 6.30-8pm
“The Fentanyl Risk in our Community” – Learn about the risks of Fentanyl, learn strategies to talk to your children, get trained in using Narcan in case of an overdose. In- Person FREE Bilingual Event at Monarch High School in Louisville. Recording will be available after the event.
Wednesday, February 22, 2023, 6-7.30pm
“How to Turn Anxiety into your Superpower” – Strategies for Stress, Anxiety and Trauma - Learn the Neuroscience behind stress, anxiety and trauma and learn how to turn them into productive forces in your life. The whole family is encouraged to attend.
Wednesday, March 22, 2023, 6-7.30pm
The Brainchemistry of Substances and Healthy Alternatives – How do substances like marijuana or alcohol create a “high” and how can we support our brains with healthy alternatives
Wednesday, April 26, 2023, 6-7.30pm
“Vaping – Addiction for Profit” – Understanding the new addiction to nicotine and how the next big industry is profiting from teens’ addiction. Learn about the Natural Highs Quit Kit that teens created for teens to quit vaping, smoking and addictions to nicotine and THC.
Wednesday, May 17, 2023, 6-7.30pm
Current Substance Abuse Trends & Risks for Teens in Boulder County – Learn about “Fake Pills” and the Fentanyl Risk and about the specific High Potency THC/ Marijuana Risks and learn about local resources to support your teen.
Wednesday, June 14, 2023, 6-8pm
“The Other Side of Cannabis” – We will watch the Documentary on High THC risks around mental health and addition and discuss afterwards how we can support young people in Boulder County.
Wednesday, September 20, 2023, 6-8pm
“Medicating Normal” – Learn about the difference between emotional issues, trauma vs. mental health disorders and what support teens need. We will watch the documentary “Medicating Normal” on the over-prescription epidemic in the US and discuss afterwards how to support our teens around anxiety, depression, and other mental health concerns.
Wednesday, October 18, 2023, 6-7.30pm
“Hooked on Dopamine Shortcuts - Are we all addicted?” – Addictive tendencies in our current world with social media, online shopping, and other Dopamine “shortcuts” – Risks and Strategies for healthy brain development for teens and parents
Wednesday, November 15, 2023, 6-7.30pm
“Alcohol – Myths and Reality” – We will show the acclaimed European documentary “Alcohol – The magic potion” and have a discussion afterwards how we can create a healthier culture for our kids.
Wednesday, December 6, 2023, 6-7.30pm
“The most deadly drug - Sugar” – Understanding how sugar is the “Gateway Drug” in our culture and how we can get creative around healthy alternatives to sugar.
Online Natural Highs Video Courses
If you are not able to attend a Natural Highs Course in person you can participate in a live recorded workshop so you are not missing out on a sense of community. Every Natural Highs course is unique and is co-created by the questions and input of the participants. Online Courses cannot fully substitute the sense of community in person so we highly recommend supplementing an Online Natural Highs Course with participating in online live hangouts or the WhatsApp Natural Highs group.
Guided Meditations to Download
Want to get inspiration to calm your anxiety, transform your challenging emotions, and find your inner strengths? If you find it easier to listen to audio and practice a guided exercise than reading a book these guided exercises/meditations might be helpful to you.
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Natural Highs PODCASTS & TV Shows
26 Oct 2017 · Beyond Risk and Back
Marijuana has gone from being the “Devil’s Weed” to “Harmless” but what is the truth? Is there propaganda on both sides? Is it REALLY addictive? Is it REALLY medicine? Is marijuana harmless? Host Aaron Huey of Fire Mountain Residential Treatment Center and Avani Dilger approach it from the middle to try to discover the truth.
In this heartwarming conversation, Avani Dilger, Founder of Natural Highs, talks about the work she's doing to cultivate health in our community and throughout the world.
Natural Highs Reading List
Cass, Hyla; Holford, Patrick (2002): Natural Highs. Supplements, Nutrition, and Mind-Body Techniques. New York: Penguin Putnam
Caldwell, Christine (1996). Getting our Bodies back. Recovery, Healing, and Transformation through Body-Centered Psychotherapy. Shambahala.
Milkman, Harvey & Sunderwirth, S. (1987): Craving for Ecstasy. The Consciousness and Chemistry of Escape. Lexington Books.
Weil, Andrew & Rosen, Winifred (1993): From Chocolate to Morphine. Everything you need to know about mind-altering drugs. Houghton Mifflin Company.
DesMaisons, Kathleen (1998): Potatoes, Not Prozac. A Natural Seven-Step Dietary Plan to control your cravings … NewYork: Simon and Schuster
Workman, Jennifer (2002). Stop your Cravings. A customized program combining ayurveda and Western nutrition for achieving optimum health and maximum weight loss.
Amen, Daniel (1998). Change your Brain, Change your Life. The breakthrough program for conquering anxiety, depression, obsessiveness, anger, and impulsiveness, Three River Press.
Gordon, Jon (2003). Energy Addict. 101 Physical, Mental & Spiritual Ways to Energize your Life. New York, NY: Perigree Book.
Natural Highs Favorite TED Talks
The surprisingly dramatic role of nutrition in mental health | Julia Rucklidge | TEDxChristchurch, Micro-Nutrient Therapy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dqXHHCc5lA
Kelly McGonigal: How to make stress your friend | TED Talk | TED.com: Change your thinking to change your stress & health https://www.ted.com/talks/kelly_mcgonigal_how_to_make_stress_your_friend
Amy Cuddy: Your body language may shape who you are | TED Talk, Powerposes: https://www.ted.com/talks/amy_cuddy_your_body_language_shapes_who_you_are
The Power of Addiction and The Addiction of Power: Gabor Maté https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66cYcSak6nE
The demise of guys? Philip Zimbardo – On addiction to videogames, technology & porn: https://www.ted.com/talks/zimchallenge
Johann Hari: Everything you think about Addiction is wrong: https://www.ted.com/talks/johann_hari_everything_you_think_you_know_about_addiction_is_wrong
Cool Local Resources
1227 Spruce Street, Boulder, CO 80302
Movement Mass w Melissa Michaels & Friends
Every Sunday at 10:45am
FREE Sober Community Groups for Adults
Awesome sober community with all FREE classes, meetings, activities for anyone looking for others supporting a sober lifestyle. The only requirement is 48 hours of no substance use before a class.
The Phoenix offers now online classes: https://thephoenix.org/
CLEAR MINDS is a sober, active social group. We host regular gatherings, centered around fitness, yoga, dancing, music and socializing. Our goal is to create a space where people can socialize without the pressure of drinking alcohol. We welcome all people who are sober for 24 hours to join our events!
S.AF.E - Sober AF Entertainment:
Sober A.F. facilitates and oversees fun tailgating opportunities at events like concerts and sporting events for individuals, couples, families, young adults, kids, etc. to connect and build community in a sober and inclusive environment.
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA):
Marijuana Anonymous (MA):
Al-Anon (for friends and family of alcoholics or drug addicts):
Narcotics Anonymous (NA):
Life Ring Secular Recovery: