Shout Out to Pastor Pondo

Fourteen suicides and substance-related deaths took place in the span of one year in San Clemente. All fourteen of these victims were under the age of 25. Words like “epidemic” and “panic” were fervently exchanged among the community. Why was…

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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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Drug & Alcohol Free New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve ranks number one in the list of the “booziest” holidays of the year. It is the holiday when people consume the most alcohol, and is also one of the holidays with the highest rates of drunk driving…

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Facing the Holidays with a Hole in your Heart

There it was, carefully wrapped in bubble wrap and nestled snugly in a box of Christmas decorations that I had packed up on New Years Day…Chris’ candle.  Last year, as I approached the holiday season with a lump in my throat—the…

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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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Playing Guitar to Promote Healthy Living

Three summers ago, Ian lost his brother Damon Allen Stanley to a heroin overdose on August 20th. In memory of him, Ian played the next day with the Los Rios Rock School at The House of Blues and dedicated a song to…

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Current Trends on Drugs and Paraphernalia – COA Clinic

Many of the current trends on drugs may lead to tragedies such as seizures, emergency-room visits and even death. You as a parent has probably warned your kids, as millions of parents across the country, about the dangers of binge…

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Why Music? by Jill Wood

There is just no other medium that brings people together the way music does. That’s what I love about music. It breaks through barriers and creates real, authentic connection which we all need. It’s just amazing to watch a crowd of…

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Ashes to Glory ~ by Gregg Lancer

FROM ASHES TO GLORY BENEFIT CONCERT “What is a father?” ~ a man asked his son. The young boy answered,  “A father is a person who has pictures in his wallet where he used to have money.” Aren’t kids precious? Fathers…

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Addiction is a Family Disease ~ by Payton Lauren

There is a very sad truth today that many families are afraid of admitting – “my loved one has a disease called addiction.” Addiction does not just affect the addict. It is a family disease. It hurts everyone. The saddest…

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