Monthly Archives: January 2014

Shattering Myths Surrounding Teen Drug Use

Posted on January 21, 2014

National Drug Facts Week, January 27 – February 2, 2014

NIDA's National Drug Facts Week
By joining forces and bringing young adults and scientific experts together with a common goal, National Drug Facts Week aims to shatter the myths that surround teen drug use and underage drinking, and provides an invaluable opportunity for youth to find out the true facts.  The week will start with the seventh annual National Drug Facts Chat Day on January 28, 2014 to provide opportunities for teens  across the country to engage in meaningful conversation and receive honest and factual answers to their questions.  

About a third of high school seniors report using an illicit drug sometime in the past year; more than ten percent report nonmedical use of potentially addictive prescription painkillers; and more than twenty percent report smoking marijuana in the past month. Many teens are not aware of the risks to their health, to their success in school and the dangers while driving under the influence. When teens are given the scientific facts about drugs, they can be better prepared to make good decisions for themselves and they can share this information with others.

Balanced and evidence-based approaches are a key to reducing drug use in teens.  This free NIDA program, encourages science-based information sharing and empowers teens to “discover the power of choice.”  The online resources for National Drug Facts Week include multiple tools and innovative opportunities for young adults, and also parents, educators, and the community at large. Continue reading

“Powerless No Longer”

Posted on January 14, 2014

Powerless No Longer, by Pete Soderman
Reviewed by Bill Abbott, SMART Recovery Facilitator

Powerless No LongerPete Soderman, a SMART facilitator now living in Mexico, has written an excellent book that is of considerable interest to us all. The topic of recovery is a crowded field, but this book is a story of SMART Recovery, pure and simple.

Pete writes with an easy style that makes it very readable. He has personal experience with recovery. Although he started in a 12-step program, he later found SMART, became enthusiastic, then became a facilitator, first in North Carolina and, after retirement, in a small town in Mexico.

His book starts with an autobiography, then proceeds to a nice discussion of recovery, including natural recovery — doing it on your own without help. Following that is a discussion of some of the science involved.

He writes in detail about how SMART works and how to use the tools in a series of chapters, each devoted to SMART’s 4-Point Program® and the Stages of Change.

This is an excellent resource for anyone interested in the SMART Recovery program, even for those who don’t need it personally. I recommend it for newcomers to SMART as a supplement to the SMART Handbook, but it was even of considerable interest and enjoyment to me, a virtual old timer!

About the Reviewer: Bill Abbott is an active volunteer with SMART Recovery. He facilitates both face-to-face and online recovery meetings, in addition to facilitating SMART meetings for Family & Friends.

About “Powerless No Longer,”: This book is available from in both printed and electronic formats, and will soon be available as an audiobook. Continue reading