The Drug Class Blog

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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Nov 23


Here is an article indicating some progress on dealing with drugged driving. From  Online News from England The drugalyser: new weapon in the clampdown on drug driving A new handheld “drugalyser” that detects substance abuse in under two minutes could...

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Nov 22

Abstinence vs. Recovery

One of the problems many people face when they are trying to give up or get control over their substance use is that they don't feel any better, sometimes worse, here is an article by Charles Roper, who has been working in this field for a long time, Charles also has written an interesting book called...

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Nov 21

The Younger You Start

In A Study recently released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (2009) it was confirmed that the younger one is when they start using mood modifying substances the more likely it becomes that they will develop a substance use problem. The advice to parents is that they...

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Nov 20

A Great Read Update

Sharing information and ideas is always helpful, it is how most things grow.  I've included a free book that was passed on to me from an associate at the Centre of Clinical Excellence.  If you like to read things that will help you get better then here you go. Just click on the little book...

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Nov 19

Inside Job

The only journey is the journey within. Rainer Maria Rilke It is very easy to get caught up in too much substance use,  it is sneaky and seductive, seems to make us feel better and takes away things we don't like.  All of a sudden we don't really like anything but the substance use and...

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Nov 18


Observe the space between your thoughts, then observe the observer. Hamilton Boudreaux I just spent three days in a workshop with 14 kids who had been suspended from school for substance use issues.  Even though all but 2 scored well into the problem range of every screening test we did many of...

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Nov 17

Check Your Drinking

One of the things we are always working on in Drug Class is to get you to check where you are at.  It is a bit like swimming in a lake, if you don't check where the shore is once and awhile you can suddenly realize you are too far out and you are going to have trouble making it back. Click on this...

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