If you’re one of those parents who thinks her teen would never in a million years use drugs, and you cite her straight-A report card and extracurricular activities as proof, you could be making a dangerous assumption. Forty-nine percent of 12th graders have at least tried an illicit substance. Even good students and well-rounded teenagers experiment with drugs. Instead of assuming your child would never use drugs, be aware. Know both the physical and behavioral signs of drug use and watch for them in your teen.
In June 2012, Americans from coast to coast were shocked by a story about a vicious attack launched against a homeless man alongside a Miami highway. The perpetrator of this crime chewed off most of his victim’s face, and when ordered by police to stop his assault, he only growled and bared his teeth, forcing the officers to shoot him to death in order to save the other man’s life. Eventually, reports leaked claiming that the so-called “Causeway Cannibal,” identified as 31-year-old Rudy Eugene, was under the influence of a designer drug known as bath salts at the time of his psychotic episode.
It happens all the time: a teen gets arrested, rushed to the hospital (or worse) for abusing alcohol or other drugs and his or her parents are caught completely off-guard, insisting they had no idea their child had ever tried drugs. The warning signs of drug abuse are often subtle, bur for vigilant parents, recognizing them is the first line of defense against teen drug abuse and addiction.
Mina’s parents do a lot for their daughter these days, and she’s incredibly fortunate that they offer. Her husband had finally washed his hands of her, and more than that, he had taken custody of their grandson. At first the Donaldsons were horrified that any court would allow this to happen. It wasn’t that they thought of their son-in-law as a liar or even as a bad person; it’s just that the woman the courts were describing was unknown to them. They had raised a smart, active, optimistic girl with big dreams and a fairly good head on her shoulders. Sure, sometimes she could get a little ahead of herself, and there had been times when she followed rather than led, but she was a woman now and a mother, and surely the love for her small son would turn her into the wife and mother she needed to be.
But that wasn’t happening—hadn’t happened.
This 5-week workshop has been developed as a support for anyone who is concerned about a loved one’s use of substances.
Presenter: James P. Foster, LMSW, LCDC
When: Wednesdays, Feb 26, 2014 through April 23, 2014
Time: 6:30 pm – 7:45
Where: Northpark Counseling Associates & TRS N. Dallas
8350 Meadow Road Suite 194
Dallas, TX 75231
Cost: $125.00 for all 5 sessions
To register please email James.Foster@rightstep.com or call Julia at 214-564-3343
- You will learn to identify signs and symptoms of substance misuse and addiction.
- You will learn why a person “can’t just stop “even though the consequences are painful.
- You will learn the common family reactions and attempts to manage the situations.
- You will learn about different levels and models of treatment most common today.
- You will learn how healthy vs unhealthy family’s function
If someone you care about struggles with substance misuse or addiction you will not want to miss this workshop!
The Right Step Alums Celebrate How Caring Professionals Helped Them Beat Addiction
The mark of a successful drug and alcohol treatment center is its ability to turn a life around. But that end is almost invariably the result of a collection of means that starts and finishes with the facility’s staff.
At The Right Step, treatment professionals establish relationships with each client from the moment he or she walks in the door. They also teach and nurture and support – to a degree that not only makes a difference, but leads to a lasting change.
Let Right Step Show You How to Become a New You
Like many life-altering experiences, the move from drug and alcohol addiction to a successful, lasting recovery is a process. It requires a plan, and dedication to stick to the plan. But, first, there has to be the realization that a change is necessary.
It’s that first step, outlined in an article on www.helpguide.org, that keys every succeeding step – and that likely determines whether an addict can successfully replace a destructive lifestyle with a vibrant, healthy life.
When the Servant Becomes the Master
Understanding addiction in a new and relevant way.
Gain new insights into addiction and why it has such a powerful hold on some individuals more than others:
- Are drugs and alcohol good or bad?
- Why do we use them?
- Is treatment effective?
- Is addiction a choice or a disease?
- What is addiction, then?
In the last few weeks, two very famous and influential women passed: Betty Ford, wife of former President Gerald Ford and founder of the Betty Ford Center, and Amy Winehouse, an influential British singer known for her unique combination of soul, jazz, and R&B. These two women achieved fame and recognition in different arenas–Betty Ford for advocating women’s rights and Amy Winehouse for an incredible voice. Their shared connection, however, was the disease of addiction. Though they both battled this deadly disease, the outcome of their battles took decidedly different paths. Betty Ford traveled the path of sobriety while Amy Winehouse continued to struggle with addiction, reportedly, until the very end of her life.
Mike Starr, former bassist for Alice In Chains, passed away on March 8, 2011. Some media outlets reported that it related to his struggles with the disease of addiction. While the cause of death has not yet been determined, it is clear that Starr endured a long battle with the disease of addiction, attempting several times to get addiction treatment help. Despite appearances on the reality shows Celebrity Rehab and Sober House, Starr’s alleged struggles with addiction continued with an arrest in February 2011 for felony possession of a controlled substance. Our thoughts go out to Starr’s family during this time.
Below is a list of bands that have lost members due to complications related to struggles with the disease of addiction.