Holidays-Stressful and Enjoyable

The holidays can be a time for connecting with those we are close to, but can also be a time of great stress. Here are some tips on managing that, where to find help if you need it.

Happy Holidays!

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/stress/art-20047544

Free Halloween Costume Ideas

Don’t have extra $$$ for a costume? No worries, GET CRAFTY.

http://www.creatingreallyawesomefreethings.com/diy-adult-costumes/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/21/10-free-halloween-costumes_n_1017436.html

http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Free-Halloween-Costumes-35472600#photo-35472600

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It’s Halloween Week-Great Ideas for Celebrating a Safe and Sober Holiday

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  1. Have a movie watching party! Gather up all the movies you’re too afraid to watch alone, and screen those favorite horror classics. Add popcorn and hot apple cider or hot chocolate.
  2. Give out candy to trick or treaters. Don’t make your parents, partner, or roommate do it, you dress up and answer the door for all the little scary monsters out there.
  3. Volunteer at a pumpkin patch, haunted house or school activity. There are plenty of places that could use help to manage the hoards of hungry little goblins.
  4. Attend a meeting. NA, AA or any of your choice. Most have meetings throughout the evening.
  5. Have a potluck, with mounds of good eats. Potluck means you don’t have to do it all yourself, awesome!
  6. Go to a movie. Most people will be out and you’ll get the whole theater to yourself. Sprawl!

Or you could opt to do nothing at all. Plenty of folks around the world (and in the U.S.) don’t celebrate at all.

Have fun and be safe!

Don’t be fooled-E-cigarettes are Dangerous!

Addictive

In addition to containing toxic substances,

  • E-cigarettes and e-juices contain addictive levels of nicotine.
  • Nicotine is as addictive as heroin and cocaine.
  • Despite widespread claims by e-cigarette advocates, there’s no scientific evidence that e-cigarettes help smokers successfully quit or reduce their use of traditional cigarettes.
  • E-cigarettes have NOT been proven safe or effective by the FDA as a quit-smoking aid.GummyBearJuice

Not safe

E-cigarettes and e-juice are not tested or regulated. You really don’t know what you’re inhaling.

  • Nicotine affects the heart and central nervous systems, raising the pulse and blood pressure.
  • Nicotine adversely affects maternal and fetal health during pregnancy, contributing to low birth weight, pre-term delivery, and stillbirth.
  • Teenage exposure to nicotine may harm brain development and predispose youth to future tobacco use.
  • The vapor emitted by an e-cigarette has been found to contain several cancer causing chemicals, such as formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, lead, nickel, and chromium.
  • Though the quantity of these harmful compounds is often less than that in conventional cigarette smoke, at least sodium, iron, aluminum, and nickel have been found in higherconcentrations in emitted vapor than in cigarette smoke.

http://www.healthykingcounty.org/what-you-can-do/

From Healthykingcounty.org/addiction-and-safety

Open Mic Extravaganza October 8th, 2015

Ever wondered what spoken word performance is all about? Find out here, at Wapi’s first ever open-mic night, October 8th. Share you story, insight and thoughts with like-minded individuals. Questions or to sign-up, contact Karrie@wapiseattle.org or Teri@wapiseattle.org.

We hope to see you here!

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WAPI is Hiring!

WAPI is currently seeking a CDP/CDPT professional to work with our amazing youth population. Do you want to work in a diverse environment with a staff of dedicated professionals? Then WAPI’s alternative treatment program might be perfect for you! Email your resume to our executive director and we’ll go from there. Either full or part-time will be considered, we look forward to hearing from you soon.

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