Would You Know How to Reverse An Overdose?

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Whether a drug overdose is intentional (suicide) or unintentional, it’s still an overdose.  The Centers for Disease Control defines an unintentional death as “when no harm is intended. Unintentional drug poisoning includes drug overdoses resulting from drug misuse, drug abuse and taking too much of a drug for MEDICAL reasons.” There have been approximately 100,000…

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Looking in the Rear View Mirror of My Son’s Addiction

Since your child was born, you have tried to be a “good-enough” parent.  This obligation, skill set includes comforting and reducing his “boo-boos” to lessen the hurt. When the child was older, you could somewhat control his behavior, although it became harder, with a carrot.  For example, if you mow the lawn, you can stay…

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How To Manage Stress

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April is National Stress Awareness Month.  Boy, as children get older, they face stress because of academics, family dynamics, extra -curricular pressures and social media influences, sometimes simultaneously. In a Centers and Disease Control and Prevention’s study that was published on March 31, 2022  these alarming findings pointed to “youth in crisis:” More than a…

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Looking Beyond The Peephole of Addiction

Bev Kelley-Miller

There are many books about addiction.  Some are written by mothers who give you a glance into their private world of what it’s like having a daughter who is NOT in recovery when the book begins such as if you love me: A mother’s journey through her daughter’s opioid addiction (Henry Holt: 2018) by Maureen…

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TikTok: Know What Your Kids Are Watching!

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In 2021, the social video app TikTok had approximately 78.7 million users in the U.S.  Launched in 2016 under the former name musical.ly, Tik-Tok’s users are largely Generation Z, born 1997-2012. TikTok became the most visited site on the internet, overtaking Instagram in popularity. The Mechanics Here’s how it works:  Viewers can find similar videos…

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Does Abstinence = Recovery?

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One out of every ten American adults consider themselves to be in recovery from alcohol or drug problems. Partnership at DrugFree.org. Yet, the definition of recovery differs among individuals as everyone’s recovery is unique. Does it mean more than just not misusing drugs and alcohol? When does it start?  Is it at the time at…

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The Most Widely Available In-Your-Face Drug: Alcohol

Last October, a study released by University of Michigan researchers reported that nearly one in five Americans turned to “heavy drinking” to cope with the pandemic Covid-19.  While the liquor business was declared “essential business,” and consequently could remain open during this time, the national list for people seeking liver transplants rose by 50%.  Alcoholic…

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It all Started with Pain Killers!

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“It all started with pain Killers” If your child had a sports injury in the 90’s and was given a new “miracle” drug for pain called Oxycontin, developed in the 8o’s, it’s easy to see how he/she could have become “hooked” on it.  A class 2 narcotic, it was pushed by Purdue Pharma as a…

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