Police Teach Teens About Drug Addiction in Boise, Idaho

By |2019-09-05T14:52:46+00:00August 31st, 2019|

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

By |2019-08-25T16:35:46+00:00August 1st, 2019|

 “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 [...]

Quiz: Are You an Enabler?

By |2019-07-24T16:50:33+00:00June 7th, 2019|

“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 member 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

By |2019-07-25T19:03:28+00:00June 7th, 2019|

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

By |2019-07-24T16:50:54+00:00June 6th, 2019|

“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 thing. [...]

7 Signs That Your Family Member Is Struggling with Addiction

By |2019-07-25T20:50:35+00:00June 6th, 2019|

“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

By |2019-09-04T16:15:47+00:00February 7th, 2018|

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

By |2019-07-25T21:06:06+00:00November 12th, 2017|

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

By |2019-07-24T17:09:17+00:00November 1st, 2017|

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 [...]

Should You Allow Your Teen or Child to be Prescribed Pain Medications?

By |2019-07-25T21:10:37+00:00August 16th, 2017|

Prescription pain medication abuse is a huge problem in the United States for kids and adults alike. Although data shows that use of actual prescription painkillers amongst youths 8th grade to 12th grade are declining, overdose is up. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), overdoses since 2002 have seen a 1.9-fold increase in total deaths. While this doesn’t seem like a high number, consider this: in 2006, there were roughly 14,000 overdoses leading to death due to painkillers. That number continued to rise and sits at around 18,000 people as of 2011. [...]

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