Introducing Brandy (Upcoming Book: True to Myself by Amanda Griffith)

Hey, My problem is I think I'm an alcoholic. How do I know? I'm really not sure, but I know I've gotten so drunk I've blacked out and said and done things I'm ashamed of. I'm trying to get over my addiction, but I'm scared. My friend Tina just asked me to go to a party. I mean, I can't stay at...

Amanda Griffith

self esteem

Mrs. Mara Hates Me

Celia’s mom really hates my guts. I’ve been friends with Celia since kindergarten, so when I messed up last year– the only year–you would think her mom could forgive me. I screwed up. But hey! We all make mistakes. Knowing she judges me is really making life hard. Now, I’m changing, and she won’t see me improving. I read this in a magazine: “The parents of teenagers’ friends can have as much effect on teens’ decisions about substance use as …

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Parent Put Downs: What do you do when your mom talks you down?

I’m so mad at my mom. She called me lazy. Put downs really suck. It hurts so bad when she talks to me that way. I know I do more work than some of my friends. Most of them watch more t.v. than I do. I was watching my soap the other day, General Hospital, and my mom came home from work. She was furious I hadn’t vacuumed the kitchen. When a teen gets home from school, the last thing …

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How Do You Have Fun at a Party?

I told you awhile back I went to a keg party with Tina. She tricked me into going when we were supposed to be going to the movies. I’ve been to several parties in the last couple years and to a couple concerts. The focus is always drinking and drugs. Why does everyone feel they have to drink or do drugs to have a good time? Now I don’t want to drink, but when the pressure gets turned up, I …

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Accepting Who I Am

Have you ever wanted to be somebody different? Have you looked in the mirror and been surprised by what you see? Do you like yourself? I’ve wondered these things. I read an article about it on a website, and I realized my main problem from last year could have been I didn’t think good thoughts about myself. I have to like who I am to be happy with myself. It seems like when I drank alcohol, it was mainly so …

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