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Welcome to The Buzz! EPIC’S online Substance Use and Mental Health Resource Portal for Parents, Educators, and Community Members. We have put together different resources in the form of videos, flyers, graphics, and more to help educate you and encourage you to be proactive about prevention. These topics identify different areas that adolescents and teens may be faced with and struggle with. Topics are listed below. Click on them to see videos, and more helpful information.

Tobacco Use

Many teens & adolescents are subject to tobacco use at a young age.


Bullying is a distinctive pattern of repeatedly and deliberately harming and humiliating others. Many individuals experience bullying during their lifetime.

Parent/Teen Communication

Helping you have the tough conversations with your teen in an effective way.

Substance Use Education

Thinking about substance use and your child can be scary and overwhelming. There is a lot to know, and we can help.

Underage Drinking

Drinking at a young age has many effects on the body and brain as teens and adolescents are still developing emotionally and physically.

1:1 Mentoring

There are many different reasons why having a mentor can benefit a child.

Marijuana Use

Marijuana is now different than in years past. Marijuana use poses big risks to youth.

Behavioral Health Wellness

Wellness is more than just your physical health.

Outside Resources

Content coming soon!

Suicide Prevention

September is Suicide Prevention month. Know the risk factors and warning signs.

TRENDING NOW – Stay in the know about the new trends with teens and young adults.

Apps and Websites for Teens to Use 

Mindshift Designed for young people to help reframe negative thoughts

Happify – Helps to overcome negative moments and improve mood

Fabulous Helps build health habits

The Mighty – Peer support

Calm Helps experience better sleep, lower stress, and less anxiety.

Benadryl Challenge

Teens are taking an excessive amount of allergy medicines such as Benadryl to get a high. Teens have stated that they got the idea from the Tik Tok app, where videos were posted informing them that they can get high from taking about a dozen Benadryl pills.  

Benadryl is also known as diphenhydramine, and if it is taken in large amounts, it can cause severe kidney, heart and neurological damage. The FDA warns that a high dose of the drug can lead to seizures, coma, or even death. They recommend for parents to lock away diphenhydramine along with all other over the counter or prescription medicines where their children cannot get to them.  

Oral Nictotine Pouches

Oral nicotine pouches are a new category of tobacco product that includes brands such as Zyn, and they come in many flavors.

Oral nicotine products are used similarly to snus – a type of smokeless tobacco pouch that does not produce saliva, making it spit-less – but, unlike snus, they do not contain leaf tobacco. The products are still derived from tobacco and contain nicotine, which is harmful to young people in any form, but due to the absence of tobacco leaf, the Food and Drug Administration does not classify it is a smokeless tobacco product.

Taking Care Of Yourself During The Holidays

The holidays are meant for celebration and fun, but can also be a direct source of stress and relapse into unhealthy behaviors. Unmet holiday expectations and end of the year struggles can take their toll. Here at EPIC, we know how tough these times can be for people. Fortunately, there are things you can do to take care of yourself during the holiday season:

  • Prioritize self care & personal well being. Self care can include: Taking a walk to clear your thoughts, participating in healthy activities that give you joy, and healthy eating
  • Change your view of what the holidays should be for you. Try not to compare your life to how you think it should be or to other families/individuals
  • Keep busy, and be helpful. Look to volunteer and give back, and remind yourself that your sobriety is a choice you’re making to be the best version of yourself

Many are also concerned about the rise in overdoses around the holidays, especially among opioid users. We wanted to make sure you knew that EPIC provides detoxification and residential treatment services for those with opioid addiction. Call our EPIC Recovery Center for more information: 904-417-7100