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Tag Archives: Substance Abuse

Making Healthy Decisions: the Seven Challenges

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Here’s the scene: a teenager is using drugs or alcohol. They get caught. They’re sent—by their parents or school, or by a court—to treatment, which can be an outpatient counseling program like Riverstone. Often, parents and schools want to see drug-free kids, but this abstinence-only model isn’t proven to be successful. “It usually leads to …
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The words you never want to hear a parent say

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Our executive director recently received a note from a mom whose son is consumed with his addiction. “I myself feel very guilty and a failure as parent because I knew this could happen to him. I talked to him about it several times…” she wrote. “But talking and a good family weren’t enough.” You can read Mark’s response in the …
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Talking about addiction? Word choice matters.

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This spring, the Associated Press Stylebook removed the word “addict” as a noun. This change is important for humanizing people with drug addictions. “When you call someone an addict, it reduces them to just that,” said Mark Redmond, our ED. “But it’s just one element of their being — they’re a mother or a brother …
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“I could actually count on her.”

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Danni Pratt, one of our JOBS Clinicians, received the Promising Professional award at the KidSafe Outstanding Service Awards. With your support, Danni utilizes her skills, instinct, and caring practice to help young adults successfully make the transition to adulthood.
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