Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Parents Teaching Teens “Responsible Drinking” is a Myth:

I remember when we were growing up, there were often chaperoned parties where parents allowed kids to drink "under their supervision."  Fathers used to "teach" their sons to "drink like a man." They thought they were doing the right thing. Parents said things like, "Well if they are going to do it anyway, they should do it in front of me so I can help guide them."

Yet we have learned a lot since that time. Although you may be able to teach a person how to have manners when they drink, or you can teach them the difference between abuse and normal use--and that will work somewhat after they get past their bulletproof adolescence. But we should always remember that we can't teach them out of a disease. If they have it, they have it. Here is what Partnership for Drug-Free Kids has to say on the topic:

Parents Teaching Teens “Responsible Drinking” is a Myth: Study - Partnership for Drug-Free Kids: "Parents who provide their teens with alcohol and a place to consume it may think they are teaching their children “responsible drinking.” A new review of studies concludes this view is misguided. Researchers found parental provision of alcohol is associated with increased teen alcohol use."

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Portland substance abuse panel takes public health approach

I received one of these block grants years ago--well several to teach high risk kids how to use the Interenet to help address durg issues--they learned a skill and at the smae time had to research drug abuse to put up ont eh site--it was a back door way to give them information.

I think it was a good way to help them gain information--did it work? We did n't follow it. I always worry about Federal grants when we are broke as a nation..and wonder if they do much but put a few peole to work. Sigh...what I am saying is that maybe it is a local and state issue andnot a Federal issue--the Feds can't take care of what they are charged with now--boarder issues, CDC, budgets???? So why give them more responsiblity--we need to step up to the plate as communities funding ourselves! End rant--now read what they are doing--probably good work, will we see a follow up? Is it effctive? I wonder....

Portland substance abuse panel takes public health approach | The Forecaster: "“We need to deal with people who have addictive disorders," said Botticelli, himself a recovering addict who has been sober 25 years. "We need to be efficient, but also humane in how we respond to those issues.”"

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Monday, October 13, 2014

The pros and cons of taking a pill that prevents you from drinking too much

So what is a "MILD" alcoholic? Hmmmm, only taking One drink?

The pros and cons of taking a pill that prevents you from drinking too much | Express Comment | Comment | Daily Express: "Let’s be very clear, the new pill does not stop you drinking nor does it prevent you from drinking if you really want to. Instead it makes it a lot easier to say no and walk away after you’ve had one or two. This is the crucial point where having a drink changes from a problem- free tipple into a threat to your health. "

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Drug use can be hidden in plain sight, parents told

Yep--we're rasing really really clever kids..so we must stay ontop of it. Is nayone surprised? You always thought your kid was the birghtest!

Drug use can be hidden in plain sight, parents told - Alliance Review | Stark, Portage & Mahoning, OH: " "Hidden in Plain Sight" that was complete with an exhibit showing all the new equipment on the market now that teens can use to "dupe" their parents and other caregivers. Everything from fake lipstick tubes that are actually pipes used to smoke "dope" to fake Dasani water bottles that unscrew to get to a secret compartment were covered."

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Bill defining drug addiction as a mental illness

This makes me sigh  and wonder...I don't really like this because to stop the illness one just has to stop using the chemicals..technically addiction (includes alcoholism) is a brain chemistry problem/ Most mental illness is just that, whacked out brain chemistry. But, this one is so easy to fix (easy in the sense of what to do, not easy to get the the afflicted to do it) and that is to stop using! I have mixed feelings although technically it is a mental illness. Read about it here--more and more states will in fact do this. and it might go federal.

Bill defining drug addiction as a mental illness passes N.J. Assembly committee | NJ.com: "People could be ordered by courts to participate in outpatient treatment if their drug addiction puts their lives or the lives of others in danger, under a bill approved by a state Assembly panel Thursday."

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Youngsters 'addicted to mobile phones' |

Hmmm..I remember when I was a kid--parents sent ballistic when we "hogged" the landline every day after school! Shouldn't we be grateful they have can "hog" the lines anymore? He he

But I say if they are addicted to that little black box--then put some good apps onit, like our Pocket Sponsor App for instance. http://www.pocketsponsor.com/app.html

Youngsters 'addicted to mobile phones' | Mail Online: "The addiction of children to their mobile phones could threaten the very fabric of society, a study suggests.

Many teenagers are fanatical about being always available and are extremely uneasy if unable to contact their friends countless times each day."

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Friday, September 12, 2014

New program keeps children with parents fighting addiction

I have mixed feelings about this. I used to tell mothers to let their mom or sister or husband worry about the kids and they need to worry about recovery. Getting clean and sober is hard enough without having to change diapers. Sigh. On the other hand, worry about our kids doesn't help either. Its a tough one but i still think it takes everything you have to make it and little rug rats only divert us from ourmission--get well....

New program keeps children with parents fighting addiction - www.kmtv.com: ""Parents suffering from an addiction often times can't or won't get the help they need because it requires being separated from their spouse and children," Heartland Family Service said."

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