Getting Prepared to Head Back to School

Getting Prepared to Head Back to School (Photo by Tim Gouw on Unsplash) It’s that time of the year when we wrap up our lazy days, our adventures, family vacations, and our summer jobs. As you start to prepare for…

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Celebrating the 4th of July Sober by Alexis Graff

Holidays may be a very stressful time for those who are fighting addiction and living a sober life. The Fourth of July is no different.     The Fourth typically hosts a variety of celebrations such as- BBQs, parades, carnivals,…

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Reality Party for Parents

“Many adults feel drinking and drug use is a rite of passage. They assume teen parties are the same as when they were young. Straight Up youth want parents to face the current realities of today’s “out of control” teen…

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Understanding Grief ~ by Tanya Brown

Understanding Grief & Walk Through The Tornado of Grief Chaos! Losing anyone at any age from any incident is, I believe, the hardest thing anyone can experience. Sadly, death is inevitable. Many of you reading this may not understand the dynamic of…

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Sports Injuries can lead to Opioid Addiction ~ Doctors over-prescribing pain medications can lay foundation for addiction

We parents know the joy that sports and athletic activities can bring to the lives of our kids.  Starting in childhood, most kids begin dabbling in this sport or that and along the way may discover a special talent that…

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Sex Trafficking

Sex trafficking is the #2 crime in America behind drug trafficking. It is the fastest growing criminal industry in our country. The average age of a trafficking victim is 13 years old. Hear the story of Pure Hope Foundation Learn…

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Why Gaming? By Ryan Moore

While I was studying at the University of Colorado, Boulder, I noticed that during the spring, summer, and fall, people were always active, finding things to do such as going to a concert, lively party, rock climbing or bicycling through…

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Eating Disorder Identification, Prevention, and Treatment

Let’s face it, our lives are so busy sometimes that we occasionally push meals to the side. We are often so busy that we don’t notice how we may be depriving ourselves of balanced, nutritional meals. Or perhaps, as parents,…

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Living in a society that tells us We Are Never Enough ~ by Ryan Rode

Eating disorders are not a fad, phase or lifestyle. They are serious, life threatening conditions that can lead to damaging consequences mentally, emotionally and physically. They are often hidden, kept as a secret for fear of judgment and the stigma…

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Stigma Stinks ~ by Eileen Spatz

How reluctance to speak openly about a loved one’s battle with mental health or drug use disorders can fuel the epidemic of deaths.  The walking wounded exist all around you. We are standing behind you in line at the grocery…

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