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Apr 26

Change

Change It is always all about what we need to change. We get caught up in old patterns and old thinking. Generally responding to something that we learned a long time ago. Some patterns we established to create some security for ourselves, to meet some need. I was driving to the airport today and listening...

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Oct 29

Legalization

Youth and Legalization of Marijuana What Effect Has It Had? Over the past few years recreational marijuana usage has been legalized in 4 States and the District of Columbia and 24 states have legalized it for medical purposes.   There is a big difference between the medicinal use of marijuana...

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Sep 02

Back to School - New Pressures

Peer Pressure   You have always told yourself that you would not smoke pot. It is not something that interests you and you know that it could possibly lead you down a path that you don’t want to follow. Then you find yourself at a party one night, surrounded by friends who are passing...

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Aug 15

Help for the Family

Addiction: Where Do Family Members Get Support? Whether it’s your teen or adult child, your parent, your spouse or a sibling, dealing with a loved one’s addiction is hard. There are so many facets of the problem. Their behavior may range from selfish and impulsive to violent and bizarre....

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Jun 29

Sober Summer Fun

Sober Summer Fun   The last final is almost over and with one more pencil stroke you bubble in that answer, hand in your test, and walk through the double doors to freedom. The sunshine of summer greets you as you head off to 2 months of no homework and no waking up early. Infinite possibilities...

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Jun 17

Symptom Checker

Early identification is always helpful in treating any problem.  Substance mis-use/abuse by teens fits into this category. Here is a link to some very useful information to help parents keep an eye on what is happening with their kids. http://www.onthewagon.org/teen-rehab/   Play safe!!

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May 24

Why Success is A Struggle

Why Success Challenges Me More Than Failure Many alcoholics become very comfortable bouncing from one disaster to the next, and when life in sobriety settles down and things start to get good we don’t really know what to do with ourselves. Adding to this they often struggle with a deep sense...

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Jan 09

I'm Sorry

The damage that substance problems cause to relationships are huge, broken trust, broken dreams, broken hearts. Getting better has much to do with trying to repair, or at least being willing to repair the damage.. It takes time and courage but the thing that really happens is we face ourselves and...

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Dec 06

Getting Better

For the past few yearsI have been encouraging (pushing) kids to use meditation. A lot of drug/alcohol use is because kids don't feel OK, stressed, disconnected, unloved, angry etc. Drug/alcohol use doesn't make us feel better, it makes us feel less so we actually end up sliding further into the emotional...

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Mar 31

Spring Break

Thinking about life without partying seems to be very scary for a lot of people. There is a lot of social pressure to use drugs and alcohol. I was doing a presentation last Friday at one of my schools and was talking about the volume of the voice we hear. The kids who smoke marijuana and or drink...

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