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

Young Adult

Back to School Gossip

Back to school is such crap. Everyone’s trying to outdo everyone with the best outfit. Shopping isn’t even fun because you feel fat or ugly or you can’t find what you need. Where’s the perfect purse, nail polish, socks, jeans? They can’t really be found and if they are found they cost way too much! I saw the cutest jeans at Anthopologie, but they cost $172!!!! Get real! They’re not Buckle.¬†At least Gap’s shirts are great colors and great prices. …

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Group Drug Therapy Can Be Counterproductive for Teens

Group Drug Therapy Can Be Counterproductive for Teens Group addiction treatment can actually lead to more drug use by teens if they are casual users placed in sessions with more experienced addicts, Time magazine reported July 16. “Just putting kids in group therapy actually promotes greater drug use,” said Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).

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Schumer Calls for FTC to Investigate Alcoholic Energy Drink Marketing

Schumer Calls for FTC to Investigate Alcoholic Energy Drink Marketing Certain brands of alcoholic energy drinks are marketed with the intent of appealing to underage drinkers, charged Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) in calling for an investigation by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The Associated Press reported July 11 that Schumer singled out Joose and Four Loko brand energy drinks, which he said are packaged in colorful cans to resemble nonalcoholic energy drinks and fail to prominently disclose their alcohol …

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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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Eclipse Message at the End of Movie: I Don’t Fit In

Bella said her reason for becoming a vampire was because she had never fit in. All her life she felt odd, different. She didn’t want the same things as other teens. She didn’t want to go shopping, go out and party, gossip, go to the prom, any of the things high school students do. Have you ever had the feeling you don’t fit in? I wonder if everyone feels that way and most people you think are just like everyone …

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CDC Calls for Urgent Action on Abuse of Pain Medication

CDC Calls for Urgent Action on Abuse of Pain Medication

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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 …

Posted in AP classes, college, self esteem, teen activities, teen clubs, teen depression, teen drinking, teen goals, teens and boyfriends, teens and teachers | 1 Comment

Gossip Drives Me Crazy

Do your “friends” talk about you behind your back? It’s bad enough when someone you don’t know talks about you, but when someone who you trust and are supposed to be able to depend on does it, it really blows. Gossip is bad when it is against you. What I think though, is when people gossip about anyone it shows who they are and what they are like. I used to say things about people that were nasty, like talk …

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‘Icing’ Drinking Game Goes Viral; Smirnoff Denies Responsibility

‘Icing’ Drinking Game Goes Viral; Smirnoff Denies Responsibility

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When a Friend Won’t Forgive You

I wonder if Celia has forgiven me or if it’s just her mom keeping us from being friends. I wish we as teens were not so tied up with what our parents want. I read this book, Notorious by Cecil von Ziegesar. It’s takes place in some boarding school around here. The kids live on campus. They don’t have any adults monitoring how often they get together or who they get together with. I think that sounds great. The book, …

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