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Decrease in Alcohol and Tobacco Use Among Teenagers Despite Mental Health Concerns

Decrease in Alcohol and Tobacco Use Among Teenagers Despite Mental Health Concerns

  According to a recent study, fewer teenagers are smoking tobacco and drinking alcohol compared to two years ago. In October, the Washington Department of Health conducted its biannual “Healthy Youth Survey” of students in grades 6, 8, 10, and 12 from over 1,000 schools across the state. The survey is both anonymous and voluntary and asks a wide range of questions related to overall health, providing invaluable information for communities in the state of Washington. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Conditions and Disorders, Mental Illness, Research, Substance Abuse

Underage Drinking Remains an Issue

  According to surveys completed by the U.S. National Survey on Drug Use and Health between 2008 and 2010, underage drinking is continues to be a problem in need of a solution.  In the survey, participants among the ages of 12 to 20 years of age were asked about their underage alcohol purchases and consumption.  Out of all the kids and young adults surveyed, a little over a quarter used and 9 percent purchased alcohol. The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently published a report stating that even though underage drinking has gone down slightly among young adults under the age of eighteen since 2010, the numbers now are still distastefully high.  Underage drinking is dangerous because some kids, if not most, do not know how to handle … Read entire article »

Filed under: Research

F.U.C.K. D.A.R.E.

  The D.A.R.E. program (Drug Abuse Resistance Education program), that so many of us endured as a kid is in many ways a time honored rite of passage for alcoholics and addicts like me.  It is a program designed to keep kids off of drugs, but for many like myself it was an introduction to drugs and got me curious and wanting to try them for myself. I recall very clearly the painful hours in 2000 spent in the music room of my small Episcopalian middle school listening to a rather flippant police officer “educate” us by giving speeches she no doubt had practiced in the mirror.  When I asked questions that I found logical, wanting to understand the drugs on a deeper or at least more holistic level, she became rather … Read entire article »

Filed under: Life, Uncategorized

The Spectrum of Alcohol Abuse from High School to College

  Alcohol abuse and addiction are widely credited as having their origins in early onset drinking during youth.  Starting for most youths in high school and continuing into college, alcohol abuse can be attributed to a variety of factors that differ when looking at certain age demographics of addicts.  For me, my evolution with drinking changed greatly during my teen and college years and now that I am assessing my path I would like to take a look at what I believe are some the reasons for that change. In high school my identity wasn’t shaped entirely by alcohol, yet it did change who I was, what I valued, and how I came to develop a lax attitude in my perceptions and beliefs about the damage that alcohol was causing to all aspects of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Life

Son of Dennis Hopper Sued for Sexual Battery and the Drugging of a Minor

  Henry Hopper, son of the late Hollywood icon Dennis Hopper, is being sued by a woman who alleges the young actor sexually assaulted her 16 year-old daughter at his Venice, California home after plying her with drugs and alcohol. The suit, which seeks unspecified damages, was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court in July 2012 and obtained by the gossip hound website TMZ, and claims the 21 year-old Hopper met the alleged victim, who was 15 at the time, through a mutual friend and that the two began communicating on Facebook shortly thereafter.  After inviting her to his home, he “engaged in sexually offensive conduct with her,” getting her drunk and engaging in sexual intercourse, oral copulation, and sodomy. The mother of the girl claims that the incidents occurred on multiple occasions … Read entire article »

Filed under: Celebrity News

Drugs Replacing the Drink?

Drugs Replacing the Drink?

My father has told me stories of when the drinking age was eighteen…once upon a time back in the seventies and situations in movies like Dazed and Confused, where they had trunk loads of ice cold beer, and driving drunk was a regular affair.  Times were different back then and drinking was more acceptable in our society and the guidelines were less strict.  In our culture today, our government takes drinking offenses to the next … Read entire article »

Filed under: Latest News

Santa Barbara Police Department Working to Eradicate Under-age Drinking

Santa Barbara Police Department Working to Eradicate Under-age Drinking

  As of July 1, 2012, the Santa Barbara Police Department will be conducting an on-going series of operations and investigations to enforce laws surrounding the solicitation of alcohol to minors in hopes of curbing underage drinking and the illicit sale of alcohol. Operations include minor decoy operations, which focuses on businesses that sell alcohol to minors, shoulder tap operations, which focus on adults who supply alcohol to minors and IMPACT inspections which enforce licensees accountable to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Latest News

HAND SANITIZER, THE NEW HIGH?

  Do you ever scratch your head and wonder what the hell “kids” are thinking when it comes to unruly ways in which they act out? Do you find yourself unable to wrap your head around the actions of youth?  For many years now I have identified myself as being one of those “kids”. I was simply misunderstood by older generations, right? When I heard about the latest trend in adolescent intoxication practices, drinking hand sanitizer, I decided it’s time I side with my elders.  Today’s youth have begun distilling and drinking HAND SANITIZER!!!!!! Yes, you read correctly, I repeat hand sanitizer.  You know, like the stuff that classrooms and commercial kitchens have in their soap dispenser looking doo-dads. You may be wondering; Why? Believe me, I was too.  A possible basis … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Featured

Being open about your recovery

Being open about your recovery

  Being a drug addict or an alcoholic is nothing to be proud of, or is it? Two years ago when I found myself getting out of control due to alcohol, I did not want anyone to know. I would drive 45 minutes away every night just to go to an AA meeting. I didn’t want to bump into anyone I knew or who knew me. I was so ashamed of being powerless over alcohol. It seems … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Life, Recovery, Treatment

Free lapse

Free lapse

       Have you every experienced a dream where you were able to act out your innermost fantasy?  What about your innermost fear?  Dreams can be both wonderful and incredibly scary but in both cases dreams can be a very powerful tool to learn about what’s going on in your subconscious.  We often wake up captivated by our A theory about the origin of dreams that I found particularly interesting comes from psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud who wrote the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Life, Recovery

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