When I asked my 17-year-old son if teens would rather text their friends than talk to their parents, he laughed and replied, Oh yeah. When I asked why, he said, Because parents just aren’t that interesting and friends are. In her article for the Utne Reader, Brenda Ueland writes, Don’t ask your poor children those […]
The Partnership welcomes author Joshua Lyon to Decoder. Joshua is the author of Pill Head: The Secret Life of a Painkiller Addict, a compelling and honest book about his painkiller addiction and the growing epidemic of Rx abuse among today’s youth. Were excited to be giving away a free copy of his book Pill Head- […]
The inspiration for “Overwhelmed” came to me in my second week of treatment. I was asked to create an autobiographical painting of my life at the time. I had two weeks sober, I hated life, I didn’t want to be sober, I didn’t want to be loaded.
Emergency room visits for underage alcohol use may nearly double during the Fourth of July weekend according to the Drug Abuse Warning Network, a public health surveillance system that monitors drug-related hospital emergency visits. Results from an average day in July 2008 found that there were 502 emergency room visits involving underage alcohol use across […]
In case you missed it, rapper Eminem recently stopped by the Late Show with David Letterman to share Top 10 Pieces of Advice for Kids. Check out what he had to say (viewer discretion advised): Not bad, Slim. We particularly liked #5: Dont Get Mixed up with Drugs, Gangs or Oil Executives 😉 His TV […]
Survey data released today by the Partnership for a Drug-Free America and MetLife Foundation found that teenage girls are more likely than teenage boys to perceive potential benefits from drug use and drinking, making teen girls more vulnerable to drug and alcohol abuse. According to a new research analysis of the 2009 Partnership Attitude Tracking […]
What if, in addition to having a substance abuse problem, your son or daughter also has a mental illness such as bipolar disorder? Your child’s behavior is erratic, temper explosive, judgment impaired. It’s hard to know which roller coaster you’re riding. Is it drugs or manic depression?
I am sitting at my 10-year-old daughters fifth grade promotion ceremony (that’s what we call graduation at Piney Branch Elementary School in Takoma Park, MD) and the school band is playing the Star Spangled Banner. They have vastly improved from Hot Cross Buns a year before but they still have a long way to go. […]