The Drug Class Blog

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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Nov 16

Are you Aware?

I have attached an interesting article from the Winnipeg Free Press,  we all think "our kids are OK", or "not that bad", or "they wouldn't do that"  but the truth is there are a lot more kids doing a lot more drugs than we think. This article doesn't even talk about alcohol, the number 1 drug,...

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Nov 15

It could be you

This could be any of us, but it is an interesting story pulled from News and Tribune. The truth about addiction is that it starts young,  if there is substance abuse in the teens there is a much greater likelihood that the person will have problems later in life.  What we do now does make a...

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Nov 12

Chronic Marijuana Use

Here is an Article from an Ontario Newspaper ( We need to all understand that the points they are making in this article are valid,  it isn't "just weed"   More Halton teens getting high Region eyes marijuana prevention programs GETTING HIGH: A worrying number of Halton teenagers...

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Nov 11


Seeking to forget makes exile all the longer; the secret of redemption lies in remembrance. Richard von Weizsaecker If we want to change we have to pay attention to where we came from.  The only way we can take control of our lives or start to get better is to take a look at what we have been...

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Nov 10


One of the main concerns about substance use is the frequency.  It seems that in the past few years teens are drinking more frequently than they used to.  Instead of just weekends it is becoming much more often.  Any day that there is a mid week holiday becomes another day to party.  This...

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