The Drug Class Blog

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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Feb 22

Not LOL

Just like the thinking (or lack of) that people can drive OK when they have been or getting high, driving while texting is dangerous. But a lot of teens think they can do it just fine. We have this law here but we also have laws against impaired driving.  Like anything else, it matters what we...

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Feb 19

Are you helping your teen?

Have you? Bought Alcohol for your teen? Said "I buy alcohol for them so I know how much they are drinking?" Let them drink at home with their friends? Said "I'd rather they drink than do drugs?" It might be worthwhile to ask yourself "what am I really teaching them"   Check out this article....

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Feb 15

ADHD and Substance Use

Many kids with ADD or ADHD will turn to substance use because they feel like the drugs are a solution to their problem,  the inrcrease in dopamine flow when they are high seems to them to be the solution to their inability to focus.  The downside of course is that the drug use will actually...

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Feb 13

Looking for Love

The more research that gets done on addiction and substance abuse the better we can understand both what is going on and how to treat it. Dr. Helen Fisher is a biological anthropologist at Rutgers University and she has studied love in over thirty cultures across the world. She believes that love isn't...

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Feb 11

Alcohol Claims 2.5 Million Lives A Year

Recent Report from the World Health Organization is worth a read. GENEVA, Feb. 11 (Xinhua) -- The use of alcohol causes approximately 2.5 million deaths a year, and young people were especially vulnerable to its harms, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday in a report profiling 193 countries...

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Feb 10

Smoking Down Pills Up

I've talked about this a couple of times before but we need to pay attention to this. Parents need to keep tract of medications in the home. Here is an article from the Windsor Star. Teens raid medicine cabinet for parents' painkillers More teens are taking powerfully addictive prescription painkillers...

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Feb 09

More of the Story

Understanding and accepting what our drug and alcohol use does to those we care about is a fundamnetal part of getting better.    The last few years were the years my cocaine addiction took over. Debt grew larger, job stints shorter, sleep was less and lies grew and grew. I had no idea how...

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Feb 06

Positive and Negative

We are what we think and our feelings are directly related to our thinking. Much substance use/abuse is directly related to how we feel, we are arngry or frustrated, depressed, lonley etc. Becuase of these feelings we start drinking or getting high to block these feelings, generally we tell ourselves...

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Feb 01

Operating System

Drugs change our brain, and our brain is our operating system, our computer.  If our computer starts going too slow, not opening files properly, not reacting the way it should we either get a new one or take it into the shop to get it fixed.  We can't really do that with our brain, but what...

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