The Drug Class Blog

Dec 18

Having Fun?

Many people get confused about having fun, all the alcohol ads show us that we will be better looking, more popular and have more fun if we drink, and we are starting to see ads about how to be more relaxed with your favorite "bud" Thinking that you can't have fun or relax without "something" to help...

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Dec 11

Good Idea?

I have talked about this before but it is a topic that needs lots of attention. I had a conversation with a parent the other day that centered around their concern with their teen’s substance use (including alcohol) essentially they were going to see how things went as they had the “talk”...

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Nov 11

And some more on Marijuana

Marijuana changes brain development. We know that. We know a lot more too. Marijuana is addictive - Less than nicotine but then heroin is less addictive than nicotine, so is alcohol. The addictiveness of a drug is less of an issue than the capacity of a drug to disrupt normal thinking and functionality...

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Nov 02

Where Does It Start

Drug and Alcohol Problems generally start young, usually when kids are in grade 8 or nine. The research clearly shows that most people who have substance problems started their alcohol or drug use before they were 17 and typically at 13 or 14. I had a grade 9 class this week with about 35 kids and...

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Oct 20

Do's And Don'ts 5 Tips

5 Tips One Where do we want to Get to? A major part of the process of organizing an intervention is agreeing on a goal. Know what actions you want the person to take. Do you want the person to seek help or attend rehab? Do you want them to see a counselor or join a self-help group? Make sure you have...

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Aug 25

Synthetic Weed

Synthetic Cannabinoids. We haven’t seen a lot of these products in western Canada but they are an issue in the east and certainly in the USA. Often referred to as |spice” synthetic cannabinoids are exactly what that sounds like , a manufactured version of THC. They are proving to be dangerous,...

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Aug 11

New Opiates

New things to pay attention to.  Here is some info that was sent to me from an associate at La Paloma Treatment Centre.   Zohydro: The Risks of Extended-Release Painkiller Abuse HYDROCODONE ABUSE TREATMENTZOHYDRO: THE RISKS OF EXTENDED-RELEASE PAINKILLER ABUSE Controversy swirls around...

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Jul 27

Tips for Parents

The picture above shows what doesnt work. I have said for a lonf time that teens with drug or alcohol issues don't have hearing problems.... yelling at them won't help.  In fact is usually makes things worse.   As parents we need to learn how to listen. Here are some tips from Dr. Daniel...

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Jun 19

Youth Cultural Camp

Fort Albany - Thursday Love Respect Wisdom Truth Humility Courage Honesty Tonight we had a community gathering and meal at the Youth Cultural Centre. The values that the Cree people are trying to engender in their youth are quite universal. In all things it is important to teach by example and the...

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Jun 18


Healing Circle I was invited to attend and participate in a healing circle this morning. While I was waiting to be invited in I recorded some of the drumming and singing the women were doing. I didnt want to be intrusive or disrespectful by videoing the participants but it the image of the freedom...

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