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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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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Parents Drinking Near Children

Many parents are in full blown party mode over Memorial Day Weekend and guess who’s watching? Take a good look at your surroundings and keep track of your children. Studies have shown that the average age an American girl has…

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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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Local Youth Discover Passions and Hone Skills ~ The healthy alternative to drugs and alcohol

There is nothing new about the age-old problem of teens with too much time on their hands and the trouble that can then ensue.  As the saying goes, “Idle hands are the devil’s workshop.”  What is new is the horrible…

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Hula Hooping

Fun for the entire family. All shapes and sizes are welcome! Bitty Hoops fits all! Here is the Bitty Hoops Mission: “To get grownups to remember how to be a kid, to get sedentary people movin and groovin, and to…

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COA February Newsletter

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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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Save SC ~ by Lauren Leland

I’m Lauren Spencer, born and raised in San Clemente. My addiction started during my childhood. I depended on other people’s approval because I wasn’t content with who I was. I wanted my jokes laughed at, and I wanted to keep…

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