Drugs and Alcohol

From casual use of marijuana to the heroin and opioid epidemic and prescription drug abuse, parents have a lot to worry about. Substance abuse can alter your child’s personality and brain chemistry and can derail their future. You might be wondering: How do I know if my child is using drugs? How do I talk to my teen about heroin? How can I help my child overcome prescription drug abuse?

These videos offer parental support and information on topics such as how to recognize the signs of substance abuse, how to handle heroin or opioid use, how to keep your child from abusing prescription drugs, what to say to your child who thinks marijuana is “no big deal”, and other ways in which you can help your child grow up with a healthy attitude toward drugs and alcohol.

What Are the Factors That Can Cause Drug/Treatment Centers to Fall Short?

Michael Mark
Life Coach
Seminar Leader

Treatment centers, by definition, seek to rehabilitate. The word means “restoring to a previous condition.” The solution for a real addict is not generally found in any past condition of their lives- as it is usually that condition which led them to begin using in the first place. The addict requires fundamental internal change, a genuinely new design for living, to find true freedom. Many treatment centers are beholden to evidence based modalities, like CBT for example, in that insurance companies will not pay on a spiritually based model which offers no empirical evidence, numbers which can be tracked. Unfortunately, working towards changing ones exterior circumstances and choices in an effort to help them feel better internally, may work in the short term to relieve the behavior driving the addiction, but stands little chance of creating the kind of change necessary to keep the addict from seeking out the exterior answer again once pain and/or suffering return which, of course, they will. Whereas, generating a genuine spiritual change within the addict, literally changing the way they live in and interact with the world, stands a far better chance of not being circumstantially vulnerable in the long term. While many treatment centers advocate for, or even utilize, the 12-Step model, very few elicit a strong understanding of how to employ it properly. They will often demand the individual get a sponsor, without a detailed explanation of what makes an effective sponsor and what things to look for in seeking one. They will tell the individual to work the steps, a design originally meant to be worked with a rapid, consistent cadence, but hold them back from moving beyond step three- even though no change really occurs within the model before step 4. What you often have after 28 days in such an environment, is a person with some cursory self-insight as a result of some group work and a handful of individual sessions, a hazy grasp of The 12-Steps and a whole lot of tactics and strategies for avoiding relapse through knowledge of the key elements that trigger them and how to survive them. On the whole, you often have little more than an addict with an enhanced, puffed up version of confidence and self-will which has provided them a month or so of sobriety and the possibility of being plugged into the “win” column for the facility, but, unfortunately, maybe not a whole lot more than that.