The Drug Class Blog

Jan 03

Perceptions - Not Good or Bad

We are what we think, and the way we think about things determines our attitudes. "There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so." William Shakespeare I am always surprised by the amount of resistance people have about getting help for a drug and alcohol problem. Many people seem to...

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Jan 02


Many people get caught in the trap of trying to help too much, generally we use the term enabling when we are talking about relationships with someone with a drug or alcohol problem.  What enabling means is that the family member or loved one is allowing the person with the drug and alcohol problem...

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Dec 29

Prescription Drug Abuse

Prescription Drug Abuse is becoming a bigger and bigger problem. There are a lot of these drugs available at parties and kids are mixing them with alcohol and other drugs which potentially can be lethal.  I have talked to a couple of kids in the past two weeks who have unintentionally overdosed...

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Dec 25

The best present

What power has love but forgiveness?  William Carlos Williams. In order to get better from a drug or alcohol problem we need to start to like ourselves better.  We need to forgive ourselves for the mistakes we have made and we also need to work on forgiving people who we feel have wronged...

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Dec 23


We really need to take a look at the attitude around marijuana use.  There is still a pervasive belief that this is a harmless drug, the "don't panic its organic" thinking is still what is driving a lot of the street level thinking about this drug. Marijuana use by our teens is increasing, I see...

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Dec 22


Carl Jung said "We cannot change anything until we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses."   I heard somewhere and often repeat "You can't love and judge at the same time" I regularly deal with family members who are having a hard time forgiving the person in their family who...

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Dec 19

More on Impaired Driving

In spite of all the facts indicating that, at every level, impaired driving is a bad idea it is still a huge problem. Part of the problem is that when you are impaired you can't think properly, but you believe that you can.  The image above shows an alcohol affected brain, a THC affected brain is...

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Dec 18


Salvia is a Hallucinogenic drug that can be purchased by anyone (no age limit) in Canada.  It is sold in "Head Shops" and or "Hemp" stores.   There has been a lot of press on it lately,  Miley Cyrus had a video out last week showing her smoking it for "fun" and this week a Saskatoon...

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Dec 17

What's Normal

Getting caught up in what ever  everybody else is doing often allows us to change our opinion of what is normal. Just looking at what is going on around us and comparing ourselves to that often gets us in trouble. We need to be able to back up an look at the bigger scene. Habits can lead to habits...

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Dec 14

Clearing the Smoke

The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse does some excellent research and reporting on substance use issues. There is always a lot of talk from marijuana advocates about the benefits of smoking this drug.  Most medical professionals will tell you that smoking anything is not particularly a good idea. Check...

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