The Drug Class Blog

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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Jan 30

More on Marijuana

Images from I continually meet people who are totally convinced that their marijuana use is not a problem.  Much of this thinking comes from two sources, first they believe the "don't panic it's organic" thinking the second part is because they like it and don't want to look at...

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Jan 25

Info For Parents

Although we all, or at least most of us, want to believe our kids the reality is that more often than not we are not getting told the truth; particularly when it has to do with drug or alcohol use. Once a teen starts to use drugs or alcohol with any regularity they will start to develop behaviors to...

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Jan 23

More questions

Am I Addicted to Weed? Here are some common signs of weed addiction or dependency: - Withdrawals if weed smoking is stopped - The necessity to use increased amounts of weed to achieve the same effect - Difficulty controlling emotions - Irritability/Mood swings - Difficulty reducing...

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Jan 20

The Decision

There are lots of ways we can try to get kids to think about changing their attitudes about impaired driving. SGI has a new campaign called "The Decision" its a chance for teens to see and think through what the consequences of impaired driving. This is a great chance for teachers to get kids involved...

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Jan 19

They Change us

Drug and Alcohol Abuse or Misuse change how are brain is functioning and that changes how we function.  When we are in the middle of using regularly we generally can't see much more than "we like what it does to us, for us" or we like "how it feels." we generally are not able to see what it is doing...

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Jan 15

Keep up the Pressure

Below is some interesting info on the effect of good Drug and Alcohol Prevention Efforts. In case you aren't inclined to read the whole thing it basically says that kids hear and do respond positively to regular drug and alcohol prevention messages. They remember them and the messages help them make...

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Jan 11

Something for the Kids

End of semester is coming up and many students are starting or in the middle of end of semester panic, thinking "how can I pull this out of the fire?" One of the best indicators of substance abuse with high school kids is how they are doing in school.  If they are doing well and attendance has...

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