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  • August 14, 2015
    Back to School Campaign Draws Much Attention

    Our Back to School Substance Abuse Prevention Campaign took place July 29 through Aug. 4 in Phoenix.  This year’s campaign will span 15 cities across the United States, giving away more than 2,500 free home drug test kits.  Long time partner, First Check Diagnostics, the leader in home diagnostic testing, has generously donated all of […]

  • October 22, 2014
    What if I Told You That Dinner Could Save a Life?

    What if I told you that something as simple as a family dinner has the potential to save a life?  It sounds incredible, doesn’t it?  Or perhaps it sounds like an exaggeration.  However, I’m not so much talking about what’s on the table as I am referring to who’s at the table.   According to […]

  • July 8, 2014
    May We Never Forget

    By Shane Watson Photo by Aiden Chapparone   Each week I speak to groups of parents and school faculty members about substance abuse prevention. During the presentation, there’s a particular slide that often seems to get a significant reaction from those in attendance. It’s based on research findings from the Center for Addiction and Substance […]

  • November 19, 2013
    Choosing Hope

    Substance abuse, bullying, eating disorders, self-injury, depression, unhealthy relationships, and unhealthy digital behavior are all very heavy topics.  They’re even heavier when discussed in relation to children.  However, because awareness and understanding of these topics are so important, that’s what we do every day at notMYkid: discuss them.   We present to students, parents, and […]

  • October 9, 2013
    “When the Time is Right” (to Discuss Substance Abuse)

    Yesterday, I had the opportunity to speak with a very enthusiastic group of freshmen at a local high school regarding my personal experiences with substance abuse.  What started as a seemingly mundane and carefree tale soon descended into the painful and frightening reality of the horrible places where drugs and alcohol can lead.  As is […]

  • September 3, 2013
    My Child is Being Cyberbullied. What Now?

    Guest blog by Ruth Carter   Times have changed. When a child was bullied in the past, they had a reprieve when they went home at the end of the day. Now that we have the internet and cell phones, the bullied child can be harassed from afar at all hours; and because the perpetrator […]

  • August 7, 2013
    Words That Would Have Made a Difference – Part Two

      Part two of a two-part series   Recently, notMYkid featured a blog post entitled “Words That Would Have Made a Difference,” written by Shane, one of our substance abuse Peer Educators.  To accompany that post and in order to provide the perspective of a behavioral health professional, we interviewed Dr. Mahsaw Elicia Nademin, Clinical […]

  • July 25, 2013
    Words That Would Have Made a Difference

    Part one of a two-part series   I struggled with addiction for more than a decade, losing what should have been some of the greatest years of my life to drugs and alcohol.  With each drink, each pill, and each line, I dug myself in deeper, and became more firmly entrenched in my addiction.  The […]

  • July 16, 2013
    Barry Adkins: “The Two Most Important Decisions”

      “It’s just alcohol; at least they are not doing drugs.” How many of us have said this, heard it, or thought it? Often we think that as long as they are “just drinking” our children will be okay. The truth is, most illegal drugs are tried, for the first time, under the influence of […]

  • July 2, 2013
    This is Why I Do It

    Earlier this year I delivered a substance abuse presentation to a group of 200 junior high school students at a local elementary school. The presentation went smoothly, but this was a tough group. In fact, it was easily the toughest crowd I’ve had so far as a Peer Educator.   Normally during a presentation, I’m […]

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