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Fun and alive.
That is how you'll feel.
Creative and useful are part of the deal.
The night isn't lonely for your full of ideas,
The old becomes, new as you paint or you plot,
Your  mind keeps on spinning around the clock.
The days become night without any sleep,
A small voice'll whisper, "You're getting in deep."
They come and they try to break you away,
You fight and you scream, God, please go away.
You really can't face the truth, what they say,
You have changed, become crazy, it just happened...she'll stay.
The little voice cries out, "Help me, I'll change,"
but no one can hear you, it's better this way.
So deeper and deeper down the abyss,
Seeing things, hearing voices, it is the devil's own kiss.
No more good time parties from day till the dawn,
Anything good, or accomplished now it's gone.
Instead, its routine, just to breathe through the pain,
Self inflicted, uncaring, your life circles the drain.
They come, we can help you, but you lash out in fear,
Will they take it? The thing I held dear?
Maybe it's time to surrender the game,
Your body aches from years of the strain.
You lift up your eyes, in that second that you can,
You grab hold, and squeeze, it's somebody's hand.

Get help for someone you love.

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According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, "Illicit drug use in America has been increasing. In 2012, an estimated 23.9 million Americans aged 12 or older—or 9.2 percent of the population—had used an illicit drug or abused a psychotherapeutic medication (such as a pain reliever, stimulant, or tranquilizer) in the past month."

Ouch, right? Those numbers make an even more painful impact when the alcohol or drug user they are talking about is your very own sweet baby girl or boy. As our children enter the teen years and adulthood they are faced with more access to alcohol and drugs than ever before. I was recently driving with my 60 year old friend through the small town he grew up in he told me stories of his teen years. "I was too drunk to be driving one night," he said, "so the cop just carried me in the house and had my friend drive my car home." Not exactly the world we live in now.


So what do you do when you find out your teen has regularly been using alcohol or marijuana?

  • Do not over react.

Parents tend to believe they have to make a big stand to scare teens. Teens are not easily scared, not away from drugs. Especially not marijuana or alcohol. Remember Dare to Keep Kids Off Drugs? It is not around anymore. Why? Because scare tactics (the programs primary focus) does not work; teens are invincible, right? Therefore, keep it simple. Explain your family rules, your expectations and a consequence such as staying in a weekend and a shorter curfew for a few weeks. A giant punishment loses the intended effect and alienates you from your teen.


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Parents often say, "How was I to know he or she would be an addict?"



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In this episode of "Together, We are a Force," Dan and Jeremiah confront the connection spirituality has with staying sober.

Click here for this podcast! 

Find out how you can get your recovery into high gear!

Peace! Daniel Maurer "Dan the Story Man"


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How to Create a Postive Transformation in Your Own Life in Four Easy Steps, by Daniel D. Maurer


Generally, I have an allergy to any online article using the words "Easy" and "Steps." It seems, more often than not, that anything I can read under five minutes isn't going to effect a significant change in my life. (Yes, writers and editors, I used "effect" as a verb in that sentence.) However, here are four simple things I learned in recovery that anyone can learn to do. And guess what? They really work! For now, the title of this little essay stands, as is. - DTSM (Daniel Maurer)

It's very likely that some readers will recall nightmares with this picture.

It's very likely that some readers will recall nightmares with this picture.

Ever play the game Tetris? Yeah, you know the one. The object of the game is to fit in differently-shaped blocks into slots with other blocks to create a complete row. When you do that, the row disappears.

Whether you've played the game on your old Nintendo Entertainment System or on an online site today, you know the sadistic power that game has on your brain after you've played it for a while — after you're done playing, you close your eyes AND YOU KEEP SEEING TETRIS BLOCKS!

Pretty soon, Tetris blocks are everywhere. You see them in grocery store aisles with the soup cans; in pet stores in the kitty litter aisle; on a Christmas tree with the lights; in rows on cars on a highway; even within people walking in a mall. Everything gets tetricized!!


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