Police Teach Teens About Drug Addiction in Boise, Idaho

In Boise, police officers have created a teen program that educates kids on what happens when they abuse drugs and alcohol. Addiction is an epidemic in the US and statistics have found it usually starts when adults are teens. In fact, 90% of addicts today will have started using drugs or alcohol during their teens. This is what has prompted Officer Jim Cromwell and others to educate kids from grade 8 to 11 about addiction. The police officers are stepping into health classes all over the Boise School District in an effort to inform [...]

An Open Letter to the Parents of Adult Alcoholics and Addicts

 “It hurts so bad that I cannot save him, protect him, keep him out of harm’s way, shield him from pain.  What good are fathers if not for these things?” ~ Thomas Lynch, “The Way We Are” It is an unbelievably difficult transition that far too many families are forced to endure. Your teenaged child who has an extensive personal history of alcohol or drug abuse has just turned 18, and everything has changed.  On one hand, they are now considered full adults in the eyes of the law, and you can no longer legally [...]

College Students Coming Home With Addictions

When your child has gone off to college, they begin to navigate their own way through the world. Many kids will experiment with drugs and alcohol. This is fairly normal but it can also go too far. There are many different drugs of abuse in college that are highly addictive. Additionally, there’s a lot of stress in university and college. Kids might feel pressured to abuse drugs among their peers. They may use substances to let off steam from a heavy workload. Some kids will come home from school holidays or breaks already forming [...]

Quiz: Are You an Enabler?

“Enabling feels good, though! It makes us feel like we are helping and doing something good and positive in our family member’s life! It gives us a false sense of control…Our “helping” has only back-fired and prevented our family members from realizing they have a problem.” ~Carol Ann Gillespie and Karen Little, Friends and Family of Addiction: A Survival Manual When you care about someone with a substance abuse problem – alcoholism or drug addiction – it is only natural that you want to help them and keep them safe. After all, isn’t that what [...]

Our Future in Danger: Children and Opioid Poisoning

The opioid epidemic that has broken out in the United States in the last several decades has recently taken a turn for the worse; opioid poisoning is now affecting increasing numbers of children and youth. According to a recent study from the JAMA Network, pediatric hospitalizations for opioid poisonings increased by nearly two hundred percent from 1997 to 2012. In other words, children and youth became nearly twice as likely to be hospitalized for an overdose from opioid medication. Clearly, there is a rising problem in children and opioid poisoning, but how does this relate [...]

Helping Families: Breaking Free from Codependency

“It’s amazing how many people still don’t understand codependency, even when it is consuming them and those they love. The need to fix others is always easier than accepting we are codependent and need help.” ~ Jeanette E. Menter, Christian Lay Counselor and author of You’re Not Crazy—You’re Codependent: What Everyone Affected by Addiction, Abuse, Trauma, or Toxic Shame Needs to Know In relationships that are healthy, both partners comfortably and confidently rely on each other for help, understanding, and support. The relationship brings something positive to both people’s lives. Interdependency is a GOOD [...]

7 Signs That Your Family Member Is Struggling with Addiction

“Does this mean that families have no role to play in the miraculous process of recovery? On the contrary…Studies have shown time and again that addicts who feel connected to a family that supports the recovery (even if that family is just one person) have a better chance of staying clean then those who believe that no one cares.” ~Beverly Conyers, Addict in the Family: Stories of Loss, Hope, and Recovery It’s not always easy to tell when a loved one is suffering from a substance abuse disorder, whether it is an addiction to alcohol, [...]

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: A Preventable Tragedy

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, or FAS, is often overlooked when people discuss the consequences of drinking. Alcohol addiction has devastating consequences for individuals. However, alcohol abuse can also have dramatic and tragic consequences for the most vulnerable elements of society: babies. One of the most severe results of using and abusing alcohol while pregnant is fetal alcohol syndrome or FAS. Most people learn about FAS in health class. However, this education is usually cursory at best. It mostly consists of tragic fetal alcohol syndrome pictures and squeezed into a general message about why alcoholism is [...]

Adzenys: The New Back to School Amphetamine for Kids

Is Adzenys a welcome new addition to the list of available prescription ADHD medications? Or, as some experts fear, is Adzenys little more than candy-flavored evidence that children are being zombified by over-medication? Just as bad, is Adzenys so "tasty and easy to take" that new generations of amphetamine addicts are being created? And while the truth probably falls somewhere in the middle, that still leaves ample room for some very real concerns. What You Need to Know about Adzenys "I am not a big fan of controlled substances that [...]

Why Gender Equality is Important to Your Child’s State of Mind

All over the world, there are gender equality issues that are changing a child’s state of mind. Expectations are put on kids at such a young age. Think about the last time you went to a baby shower. You would get a pink outfit for a girl or blue for a boy. Research has found that gender-specific expectations are causing damage to kids that affect them as adults. The pressure of being all girl or all boy in character is leading to drug abuse and mood disorders later on in life. Boys are being [...]

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