Tag: school

  • DARE – Drug Abuse Prevention that doesn’t work

    DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) is the largest school-based drug abuse prevention program in the United States. 80% of school districts across the country teach the DARE curriculum, reaching an estimated 26 million children (1). Every year, over $1 billion goes into keeping the program running. A billion dollars may be a small price to […]

  • Doctor prescription drug use: Addiction fears no one

    The story published today by the Baltimore Sun (see here) is another sad reminder that no one is safe from addiction. Two doctors of pharmacology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine were apparently developing quite a drug habit buying prescription drugs online and then cooking them and shooting them up. Now one of […]

  • Addiction causes – Learned self regulation and its possible benefits for drug use problems

    In the first part of this little series on addiction cause and self-regulation I talked about some of the genetic influence on impulsivity that have been shown to also be related to drug use. In this next part, I want to drive home some recent ideas regarding learning related to self-regulation. It’s no secret that […]

  • Beyond my addiction: Allowing myself to be proud of my achievements

    This is a more personal post than I’m used to writing, but I think the thoughts in it are shared by many addicts, so I’d like to share it. I originally posted it on my personal blog: It’s sad, but for the most part, I focus on the things I haven’t yet done and not […]

  • UCLA students speaking out about drug use… kind of.

    A recent article in UCLA’s daily newspaper presented the stories of two current students who left behind a life of drug use and petty drug dealing to focus on more long-term priorities, namely school. The students, who used pseudonyms for obvious reasons, show us once again that it is possible to turn around a lifestyle […]