The Drug Class Blog

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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Dec 13

Another Girls's Story

For people who don't work with "at risk" kids it is valuable to understand a couple of things, first what many of them go through, and second, and most important they have tremendous capacity to get better.  Here is another personal story.   I grew up in a very dysfunctional family. My brother...

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Dec 11


I was talking to a kid yesterday, asked the usual questions about how things were going etc,  he said "way better than before", I asked about alcohol and he said he doesn't drink anymore because he got his licence and a car.  "Good choice", I said.   I have a small office at this particular...

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Dec 09

The Newest Problem

The New Version of Heroin There is a significant increase in the illegal use on oxycontin by teenagers.  I have talked to six kids this week who have started to try this drug and have been dealing with several who have become addicted to it and are having a huge problem getting off it. Generally...

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Dec 08

More On Codependency

Yesterday I gave you the opportunity to take a test on codependency,  here is some more info on that issue to help you better understand what its all about. What is it Codependency is a learned behavior that can be passed down from one generation to another. It is an emotional and behavioral condition...

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Dec 07

Codependency - take the test

One of this week's shows takes a look at codependency,  it's a complicated problem that effects a lot of people.  Here is a bit of an explanation and a test. Codependency as a disease, is often times over looked as a disease of addiction or compulsive behavior. It is sometimes difficult to...

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Dec 02


  PROMISES When I was younger, I made promises to myself. I promised myself that I would always put school first and would always be a straight A student, I would never hurt anyone, especially my family, and I would never drink or do drugs. By the time I was thirteen, I was doing horrible in school,...

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Nov 30

Take A Break

Regular substance use changes us, it changes the way we think and feel about everything.  Part of the problem is that we don't notice this change because it is relatively slow. It sneaks up on us.   If you want to get some insight on where you are at take a four or five day break from using...

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Nov 25

Binge Drinking - Take the Test

Binge Drinking continues to be a big issue, especially with the 14 to 25 year old age group.  It has become the cultural norm. It is glorified in movies but we need to really take a look at it.   The photo (Courtesy of Amen Clinics) illustrates what alcohol abuse does to the brain.  This...

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Nov 24

Marijuana More Info

I had a great chat with one of the kids I work with yesterday,  she spent a long time telling me how much better she felt when she wasn't smoking weed, she had realized how much it changed her, it made her irritable, dishonest, and was damaging her relationships,  the thing that bothered her...

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