Do You Have a Permissive Family?

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Is your family a permissive family? Do you see teen drug abuse as a phase that kids go through and will likely not experience any negative consequences from the drug use? Is underage drinking allowed in your home? Does your child know they can get away with using drugs because it will not be noticed by an inattentive parent? If … Read More

Are You a Fish?

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In many childhood games, kids often take on the characteristic of a favorite animal. They may tell their parents they are a dog, a cat, a fish, or a bird. This animal association actually aids child development. As children are encouraged to take on different characteristics, they begin to learn about themselves, actualize their strengths, and develop self-confidence in their … Read More

The Power of Your Story

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One way I promote and encourage communication between parents and children is to have the parents reveal themselves to their children. Reveal something about yourself that your child does not know about you. You want to make this age appropriate and give an example of something that will attract the attention of your son or daughter and perhaps allow them … Read More

Hiding in Plain Sight (II)

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Some drug paraphernalia is so mundane and commonplace, you would not imagine that it is used for drugs. Finding kitchen items in your child’s bedroom should raise a red flag in your mind and make you question why your steel wool pad or Chore boy for scrubbing dishes is in your child’s bedroom. Why are there pieces of aluminum foil … Read More

The Existential Vacuum

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Victor Frankl in his book “Man’s Search for Meaning” speaks of an existential vacuum which I believe is at play in the lives of many drug addicted individuals today. It is what drives their desire to numb themselves or fuels a feeling of connection through drugs. The word existential is huge and in the dictionary, it is defined as “concerned … Read More

Why Kids Use Drugs

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There are myriad reasons why kids use drugs. Some may include peer pressure, a curiosity about drugs, a search for something to ease tension and anxiety during social settings such as parties and dances, etc. Yet, in my opinion, the role of the family, the home environment, the action and behaviors of the parents, the family cohesion, and the parental … Read More