“The Opposite Of Addiction Is Not Sobriety, It’s Connection” – Understanding Drug Use And Students

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by a company called Recovery Brands, who focuses their research on the effects of stigmata in our world–the idea that using stigmas, or labels, for people (specifically those struggling with addictions) actually hurts, or potentially even inhibits the recovery process.

This idea really fascinated me, and really shifted my perception on addicts and addictions.
What if the world we live in is actually making it easier to become addicted, and harder to save yourself? Continue reading

Drugs, Alcohol, & Death – Is The Literature We Give Our Young Students Negatively Influencing Them?

Contemporary Young Adult Literature has changed exponentially in recent years, moving from simple stories like the Magic Tree House series and The Baby Sitters Club to current YA Best Sellers, like This Is Where It Ends, which tells the story of a school shooting, and Thicker Than Water, which, as Google Books describes, is “a heartbreaking tale of family tragedy and drug addiction where sometimes the best intentions lead to the worst possible outcomes.” Continue reading