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On Being a Parent Today  
New Heroin Vaccine
What are the Signs of Addictive Behavior?
What is Self-Medication?
Are You Enabling Your Child?
Have You Lost a Child to Addiction
What Can I Do To Help My Child or Friend Who is Struggling with Addiction?
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Being a Parent Today
Over sixty-five percent of American families are affected by addiction to either alcohol or drugs.    Addiction doesn’t discriminate! It doesn’t matter whether you are rich, poor, black, white, fat, or thin. That was back in 2010. There are no written facts out yet, but I bet you that number is at least over eighty percent.

Being a parent is difficult.  It can be difficult to raise your children today.   And, when you realize that drug access is today just a text message away, your fears as a parent are compounded.   Not only are drugs easy for our children to acquire, but there are many more kinds of drugs available today than there were when you were a teen.


Complete or Partial Reversal of Opioid Depression

Naloxone prevents or reverses the effects of opioids including respiratory depression, sedation and hypotension. Also, Naloxone can reverse the psychotomimetic and dysphoric effects of agonist-antagonists, such as pentazocine.

Naloxone is an essentially pure opioid antagonist, i.e., it does not possess the “agonistic” or morphine-like properties characteristic of other opioid antagonists. When administered in usual doses and in the absence of opioids or agonistic effects of other opioid antagonists, it exhibits essentially no pharmacologic activity. Read full story

What is addiction? What causes addiction?

People with an addiction do not have control over what they are doing, taking or using. Their addiction may reach a point at which it is harmful. Addictions do not only include physical things we consume, such as drugs or alcohol, but may include virtually anything, such abstract things as gambling to seemingly harmless products, such as chocolate – in other words, addiction may refer to a substance dependence (e.g. drug addiction) or behavioral addiction (e.g. gambling addiction). Read more


Is not the same as it was 30 years ago when we were kids. It’s stronger, and leads to much more dangerous drugs. Marijuana is called a gateway drug.

 What is a gateway drug?

A habit-forming substance whose use may lead to the abuse of drugs that are more addictive or more dangerous.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

gateway drug


1. (Recreational Drugs) a recreational drug such as cannabis, the use of which is believed by some to encourage the user to try stronger drugs

Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003

gate′way drug`

any mood-altering drug, as a stimulant or tranquilizer, that does not cause physical dependence but may lead to the use of addictive drugs, as heroin.
Random House Kernerman Webster’s College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
For more on marijuana click here

Opiate use 

Teens click here

Opiate abuse has become a big problem in our Stark County schools from elementary children crushing pretzels and pretending to “snort” them in imitation of what they see online, on TV and from their older siblings, to middle and high school students both using…and selling. For more information click here


You Enabling Your Child?

Michelle, I once took a class called: Parent to Parent. I am not sure if this particular program exists anymore. It talked to you about enabling your child from one parents educational, and personal view point and the turmoil he endured with his own son. I took this 4 week course over 15 years ago, my memory of this course is very vague, but  I have used the two key phrases over and over again with my kids that I learned from this class.

We are not their bankers
We are not their lawyers

If you give them money without them working for it, then yes you are their banker.

Are you always running to your child’s defense even if you know they are wrong,or possibly wrong?   If the answer is yes, then you are their lawyer as well.

Any money that I have ever given my kids with the exception of Birthday, or Christmas they had to work for. Chores around the house, etc.   My kids always would tell me a story of where they felt they were wrong, or accused of doing something wrong. Our first instinct is to come to their defense. Be a judge and a jury before you make any decisions. They are not always in the right!

I can take this to another major point. Your son/daughter committed a crime, (any crime) You give them money for a defense, put your house up as collateral to get money to help them. That is enabling them. They did this crime! Not you! I know that sounds mean, but it is the way it should be. What are they learning if you hand them money, or get them out of trouble. Mommy and daddy will get me out of this, so I can do it!

What is Self-Medicating?
People can self-medicate in many ways including over-indulgence of alcohol, food, prescription drugs (such as Ambien), sex, gambling, and many other vices. Does this sound familiar?) Read more:

Parents Who Have Lost A Child:

Michelle, My heart goes out to you. I can’t begin to imagine the pain you are now living with. The questions, things you think you could have said or done. I have learned as I was writing this page that our community has lost another baby to heroin. I say baby cause he was only 19.  That is a baby! My friend Dale Batdorff and his wife lost their baby in 2012. They are on a mission to prevent parents, and loved one from going through this pain. Our prayers, Our screams just don’t seem to be enough!

This is just a taste of the presentation Dale does. Kids just don’t understand! One bad choice!

 This is Anita Davis website her son Zach whom lost his battle with Heroin in November of 2005.

Let’s break the chain and destruction of addiction.

What Can I Do To Help My Child or Friend Who is Struggling with Addiction?

It has to start with Us!
Michelle, We have to learn how to bring up, “uncomfortable Situations.”  I would rather talk about it, then have to live it. Get educated parents! Then educate your kids! I can not stress this enough. We talk to our kids all the time. What is your dream, what do you want to do when you grown up? How about make right choices or you won’t grow up, you have have a family of your own. I as your parent will have to bury you. I will have to live my life without you. You really need to be blunt! Get to the point! You pretend to live a life carved out of cream cheese, (smooth, perfectly carved.) and not face the truth about what is going on around you the  real world, then could very well become a reality. I am so sorry if I offend anyone. I just saying it like I see it! I am keeping it real.

Resources Available
What do you do with a teen over 18, or an adult? Here are some professionals that can help you with that question. Just call them! They are so willing to spend as much time on the phone with you as you need, and give you all the answers that hopefully you are looking for.

Therapy/Support Groups