The Drug Class Blog

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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Feb 22


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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