Category Archives: Drug Prevention

Yep, I was only 17

At about 12:10 a.m. on April 21, 1985, I got in the car with my main mate TS.  We’d been drinking and I was a passenger in his 1985 Accord Coupe.  When I woke-up in the hospital 9 days later, I learned we’d wrapped around a telephone pole and I’d had three seizures and been…

And you thought I was just obnoxious

A few years ago I worked with a 9th grade boy who, quite frankly, pushed my buttons. He was rude and offensive, and I really didn’t know if I could help him. Unfortunately, I think my feelings showed through, and it wasn’t long before he refused to see me. His parents then sent him to…

When 23 is the new 22

I’ve recently realized that many of the young men I see are challenged by similar issues: having adult relationships with their parents and siblings, navigating romantic relationships, moving out and in with friends/romantic interests, job and educational challenges, struggling with anger and frustration, etc. These are challenges young men have faced forever, but, for a…

He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother-River City Counseling

First, I want to apologize for the email you received yesterday. It was a technical glitch on my end. Let’s hope this one reaches you safely and in its entirety. ______________________________________________________________________________ Before our children are born, we parents have all sorts of lofty goals and aspirations. We’re always going to be firm but loving. We’ll…

I can’t stand my sister and she hates me-River City Counseling

Not long ago, I got a call from the parents of two adolescent girls.  They were concerned because their younger daughter’s grades had slipped significantly and her friends and behavior had changed drastically.  They’d suspected that she’d begun using drugs, and after careful consideration made the choice to drug test her.  When she tested positive…

My bratty kid might be a depressed? Are you kidding me?

A few years ago I worked with a 9th grade boy who, quite frankly, pushed my buttons. He was rude and offensive, and I really didn’t know if I could help him. Unfortunately, I think my feelings showed through, and it wasn’t long before he refused to see me.  His parents then sent him to…

Sit down, be quiet, and look at me-River City Counseling

Even had a serious conversation and felt like your teenager was staring right through you and had tuned-you-out?  Probably 100% of parents of teenagers feel this way a good bit of the time.  The following is an article I wrote a few years ago that gives you a few tips that should improve your serious…

Jack’s parents are out of town!-River City Counseling

There was a time in high school that we didn’t have a typewriter (yes, I’m that old!) at home.  Conveniently, one of my best friends did, and coincidentally, the nights I had homework often coincided with nights the Lakers were on TV.  As my parents didn’t let me watch TV on school nights, and I…

What’s your child’s secret?-River City Counseling

Think about it, we adults all have secrets.  Maybe we were abused as kids or our parents were alcoholics.  Maybe we like to dabble in illegal drugs or binge-eat.  Or maybe it’s smaller stuff like we sometimes have thoughts that seem random and crazy (even though we’re sure we’re sane!)  Regardless of how open we…

A teen’s bedroom: door locks and more-River City Counseling

In my last entry, “Get out of my room,” I shared my thoughts on teens’ need for time alone in their rooms.  I encouraged parents to support this, while at the same time having expectations that their kids participate in family activities. Readers shared their thoughts on what can happen when kids spend too much…