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Halloween's Truth for Youth: What are they really up to?

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Halloween's Truth for Youth: What are they really up to?

Everybody in the blog world is sitting back enjoying their lives knowing that they have recovery, and telling you what they think will cure—mostly our youth—from going out and getting hammered on All Hallows Eve. But, that is the least bit of the truth for any of this story or epidemic at hand. Most adults in recovery will know these tips, then the adults not in recovery won’t read this, and the youth who are using tonight and tomorrow really don’t even know these blogs exist. So what I propose is that we write one for the parents of addicts or...

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Do Parents Make Their Kids Use Drugs?

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Do Parents Make Their Kids Use Drugs?

The question I ask is, “Do parents make their kids use drugs?” The answer should be no because who’s really making anyone do anything; you would think? But this question isn’t intended for the family that wants to see their child flourish in recovery or to have never touched drugs or alcohol at all. This question is meant a little bit differently, because there are some parents out there who bribe and give their children extremely strong narcotics in return for getting out of the house, favors, and other mediocre things that could be done just by asking. When I...

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The Drug Dealer in your Cabinet!

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The Drug Dealer in your Cabinet!

The DEA, in 2011, (Drug Enforcement Administration) stated that 2.4 million Americans used prescription drugs non-medically for the first time in the past year. One-third of those statistics are ages 12-17, averaging 6,600 people per day. Of that 5.1 million were pain relievers and 2.2 million were tranquilizers. Going further from a study in 2010, 1 in every 20 people in the United States age 12 and older—equals 12 million people—reported using prescription painkillers non-medically. Topping this, over a half of a million emergency department visits in 2010 were due to people misusing or abusing prescription painkillers. Yet, they are...

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Dear Santa: Merry Sober Christmas!

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Dear Santa: Merry Sober Christmas!

Dear Santa, Last year was my first clean and sober holiday season in years.  It was the first holiday season I would confront, still pretty fresh outta rehab.  It was also the first holiday season I would spend with my children and family after being away for so long.  To the outsider looking in, it ...

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Jay’s Story–Freed Control is my Insanity

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Jay’s Story–Freed Control is my Insanity

My name is Jay Insalaco. I am a husband, father of two beautiful children, and a public worker. Life wasn’t always like this. Here’s my story of how freed control was my insanity. In 1995, when I was 19, I started going to a rave club in New York City called “the tunnel”. At this club ...

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