The Drug Class Blog

Mar 24

Kugluktuk High School

I would have like way more time here.  I had a one hour session with the grade 7's and another hour with the combined 10, 11 and 12 group.  These kids were pretty much the same as every other group of kids I have worked with.  As soon as they figure out that you aren't there to lecture...

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Mar 23

More from the Arctic

March 22, Evening Hope is an interesting commodity and it is available in every part of the world. We spent the day talking about what we need to change to get our lives going in a different direction. As always much of what we have to change has to do with how we are thinking about things, changing...

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Mar 21

Kugluktuk Day 1

March 21, Morning If friendliness a gorgeous night sky are omens then this will be a good week. Spent some time wandering around last night and everyone I ran into waved and said hi. I get to meet the group I’ll be working with this morning and I am looking forward to that. As always I will...

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Mar 21

March 21 Evening

March 21, Evening Anyone who has been paying any attention to the work we are doing is aware that we spend a lot on time talking about and helping people understand that drug and alcohol problems are brain problems. Understanding that can cut through the shame, blame and self-recrimination that always...

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Mar 20

Into the North

March 20th. There is a bit of an adventure this week. I am heading to Kugluktuk, Nunavut to do a week of Prevention, Education and hopefully some group treatment. Bonnie, the Director of Community Wellness, contacted me a few weeks ago to see if we could make this happen and fortunately we were able...

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Mar 17

More On Rx Drugs

Right across the country the problem of teens abusing presciption medications continues to increase.  I have talked to several teens this week who have "tried" oxy or morphine in the last week. They know it is dangerous but like most things they just wanted to see what it was like.  This isn't...

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Mar 05

Thoughts on Charlie

We all seem to get enthralled with the troubles of movie stars and rock and roll idols, particularly when it comes to substance problems. It might be that we like to see the rich and famous crash but more often I beleive it is because we realize that they are just like us, not perfect. His dad, like...

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Mar 04

Feedback from kids

It is very easy to slip into a pattern. One of the things we are always trying to do with our Drug Class Program is to challenge teens to look at what they believe to be true. What we believe to be true really controls our actions. We went though all the things this particular group believed to be...

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Mar 01

Getting Worse

I was talking to some kids the other day about prescription drug use and I was explaining about the addictive nature of Oxycontin and that chemically it is very similar to heroin (heroin C21H23NO5 - oxy C18H21NO4). The response from one girl was "no it isn't". She believed it was OK. What we think...

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Feb 27

Where did my kid go?

Drug and/or alcohol use changes teens and has a bigger effect on them than it does on adults. Their brains are still growing, their personalities developing and regular substance use changes their direction.   As parents we have to get past the idea that "they are just being kids"  and it...

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