Tag: family

  • Parenting advice – What’s important when it comes to teens, alcohol, and drugs

    Parents often ask us what they can do to prevent their children or teens from becoming alcoholics, drug addicts, criminals, and the likes. I’ve been all of these and more, and so I’d like to share my insight with you now that I’ve made it over to the other side: You can’t prevent anything – […]

  • Talking to kids about teen smoking: The FTAS (Family Talk About Smoking) paradigm

    Newsflash: Kids don’t like being preached to – especially when it’s done hypocritically A recent study assessed the impact parents have over the decisions their teenagers make concerning whether or not to ‘experiment’ with smoking cigarettes and to continue smoking in the long term, once they have tried it. Experimenting with smoking represents a form […]

  • Will you get addicted? Signs of drug abuse

    Everyone wants to know if they, or someone they love will get addicted to alcohol or drugs. • Parents want to know if their children are likely to become addicts, especially if there is a family history of addiction. • Teens wonder if trying a drug will lead to a life of crime and shame. […]

  • Addiction during the holidays: Recovered or not, it’s important to be prepared

    The holidays are a stressful time for everyone. Between gift-giving, travel, and keeping up with all parts of the ever-complicated modern family unit, nearly anyone can find themselves driven towards the nearest coping mechanism, whatever that may be. However, for recovering addicts, or those still struggling with an active addiction, the holidays can be a […]

  • “Addicted” – Recovered and Helping: The reality (tv) of addiction treatment.

    With the success of shows like A&E’s Intervention and Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, America has shown an almost insatiable appetite for television programs that deal with addiction. Whether this reflects the breadth and depth of the addiction problem in this country or a national appetite for tragedy and schadenfreude is open for debate, but […]

  • A&E’s Intervention – Joey, the middle class, heroin addiction, and hepatitis C

    A&E’s Intervention built quite an initial popular following for itself by choosing subjects with disarmingly unique stories and addictions. However, as the show has progressed, it has found strength in an ability to show America the true face of addiction: the so-called normal, everyday people battling their demons in private. Heroin addiction doesn’t understand “class” […]

  • A&E’s Intervention: The Johnson Model, Motivational Interviewing, and more

    A&E’s “Intervention” is a reality series that follows one individual struggling with addiction per episode.  Family and friends gather with an interventionist toward the end of the episode and an intervention is planned.  The addict is then given a choice between leaving immediately for rehab or risk losing contact, financial support or some other privileges […]

  • Is anonymity the final shame frontier in addiction?

    I’m a drug addict and a sex addict, and as far as I’m concerned, staying anonymous let’s me remain buried in shame, and a double life, that keeps me always one step ahead of those close to me. Did I say too much? Did I give away my secrets? None of those  questions matter when […]