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Thursday, 5 October 2017
Topic: To help you think this through

It's that time of year again - school. Some of you like your studies and some of you don't. Some of you are happy at home and some of you are not. One good thing to do is to keep a journal. Don't write your thoughts on line but in a book with a good old fashioned ball point pen or pencil. Write your thoughts, your ideas, your feelings, your plans, your dreams, your questions, and descriptions. And, then hide your journal. Let it be your private, intimate journal. Let the journal be your hang out for all your feelings. The journal is your private place and only your place. And, if you are having trouble with your school work remember to look up  these instructors make most subjects easy. Their graphs are terrific.


Posted by answersforteens at 11:49 PM EDT
Thursday, 3 April 2014
More About Marijuana
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Parents’ Marijuana Use Sends Wrong Message to Teens – Don’t Fall for the Trap

By Kent Runyon

A major concern today is the introduction of marijuana as a legal, widely-available substance. With children of marijuana users the likelihood of trying marijuana at earlier and earlier ages is real, largely because their views of marijuana as an illegal drug will be replaced with a viewpoint of “it’s medicine, it’s no big deal, its only marijuana, and it does not hurt you.” People use marijuana because it changes how they feel and it works because it affects the reward system of the brain by releasing Dopamine. But there is a price with this reward. 

 We know that the negative effects of smoking marijuana are most pronounced when people begin using at an earlier age. As a teenager, your brain is still developing well into your twenties, and introducing chemicals such as THC changes the chemistry of the brain—by using marijuana at a young age, you’ll be taking a dangerous chance with your brain that has known consequences later in life:

      Marijuana use reduces IQ by as much as eight points by age 38 among people who started using marijuana regularly before the age of 18.

·    Even people who had stopped using the drug before their 38th birthday experienced losses in IQ (1).

     Other studies have found that marijuana use is linked with school dropout and subsequent unemployment, social welfare dependence, and a self-reported lower quality of life than non-marijuana-abusing people (2).

 It is important to become educated on the risks of substance abuse, and to learn about the treatment options and resources that are available to help your parent(s) if and when they are ready. It is easier to deal with an addicted person—especially when it is a parent—if you first learn about addiction itself, and the first step in doing so is seeking reliable information.  Marijuana is increasingly becoming a political topic, and it is very quickly becoming an economic issue. You need to understand that there are companies who are investing a lot of money based on the belief that marijuana will become legal in the U.S., meaning that they have an agenda based on financial interests. Equally, there are those who view marijuana in any form as bad, including for medicinal purposes. There certainly are two sides to this debate, and it is important to listen to both and not get caught up simply in the momentum of what is popular or what feels good.

About Kent Runyon and Novus Medical Detox Center:

Kent Runyon joined Novus Medical Detox with over 20 years of management experience and over 15 years of executive-level experience. He has led accreditation teams and is a consultant auditor for the American Correctional Association. Novus is licensed by the Florida Department of Children and Families as an in-patient medical detox facility, and is accredited by The Joint Commission. For more information on Novus Medical Detox Center, please visit


1.    Meier et al. (2012). Persistent cannabis users show neuropsychological decline from childhood to midlife. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

2.    Fergusson, D. M. and Boden, J. M. (2008), Cannabis use and later life outcomes. Addiction, 103: 969–976.


Posted by answersforteens at 2:54 PM EDT
Updated: Friday, 18 April 2014 1:50 PM EDT
Monday, 4 March 2013
Topic: To help you think this through

Sometimes we do feel down. Or, we know someone who is feeling down and we want to help. Here are two phone numbers you should know.

For disaster distress: 1 800 985 5990 or to text: talk with us 66746

For suicidal help: 1 800 273 0255

Remember you will soon be an adult and be able to lead your own life in a positive, healthy way. Think with self-confidence. You can do it.

Posted by answersforteens at 1:43 PM EST
Tuesday, 18 December 2012
Newtown, Connecticut
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What Happened in Newtown, Connecticut is beyond words. Our compassion is with all the families who suffered unspeakable losses. Those of us who have experienced trauma will sometimes when reading of such horrors have unhappy emotions awakened. To those of you, realize that you do not have to suffer alone. You can reach out to the following resource:

Disaster Distress Helpline Offers Immediate Crisis Counseling

Call 1-800-985-5990 or text "TalkWithUs" to 66746.

The recent shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, continues to bring out strong emotions across the Nation. The Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, can provide immediate counseling to anyone who needs help in dealing with the many issues and problems that might arise from this tragedy.

Sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Helpline immediately connects callers to trained and caring professionals from the closest crisis counseling center in the nationwide network of centers. Helpline staff will provide confidential counseling, referrals, and other needed support services.

The Disaster Distress Helpline is a 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week national hotline dedicated to providing disaster crisis counseling. The toll-free Helpline is confidential and multilingual, and available for those who are experiencing psychological distress as a result of natural or man-made disasters, incidents of mass violence, or any other tragedy affecting America's communities.

Our texting service also is available to Spanish speakers. Text "Hablanos" to 66746 for 24/7 emotional support.

TTY for Deaf/Hearing Impaired: 1-800-846-8517

The Helpline also can be accessed online at

Posted by answersforteens at 1:21 PM EST
Updated: Tuesday, 18 December 2012 1:47 PM EST

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