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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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My Son Overdosed and this is How I Remember Him…

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My Son Overdosed and this is How I Remember Him…

On May 19, 2013 my son Matthew died. He left us due to a combination of fentanyl and alcohol. That’s a lethal combination of substances to ingest. Matt was living in a sober home in a nearby city when this occurred. I’d spoken to him the evening before and everything seemed fine. So when the police showed up at my door to tell me he was gone I was truly shocked.  In fact, I argued with them at first, insisting that they were wrong, that I’d just spoken to him, and he was fine. As awful as that day was,...

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Team Recovery Speaks Out!

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Team Recovery Speaks Out!

  My name is Matt Bell. I'm 29 years old and from Toledo OH. I never thought that I’d become a drug addict, either. I never knew anything about drugs, heck, I didn't even want to smoke cigarettes growing up! I had a great upbringing, in a good home, with an amazing loving family. I went to private schools from kindergarten through my senior year of high school. Then, I went to college at a Division 1 university on a full athletic scholarship for baseball. I even ended up graduating high school with a 4.0 GPA. So, what happened?I tore...

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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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I’ve got a Secret, It’s on the tip of my tongue!

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I’ve got a Secret, It’s on the tip of my tongue!

MY SECRET; Candace S.— I started my recovery journey nearly 20 months ago. In the beginning, I was surrounded by people that knew my situation, knew about my addiction, and supported me in my journey. Now, I am finding myself in a place where virtually no one but my immediate family and closest friends know ...

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