10 Signs That Your Teen Is Using Drugs

Written by Nicole Brownfield

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Drug use can lead to a host of significant health, social, learning and behavioral problems at a crucial time in a young personís development. Getting high also impairs judgment, leading to risky decision making on issues like sex, criminal activity or riding with someone who is driving high.

If you believe that your child may be using alcohol or drugs, donít overreact. Some ofrepparttar warning signs listed above may be normal for your teen and some signs may have other causes. One cannot ignorerepparttar 143981 reality of teenage drug and alcohol abuse, however, sorepparttar 143982 presence of three or more of these warning signs should prompt a discussion with your teen and an evaluation of whether professional help is needed. For more advice, or to locaterepparttar 143983 right treatment facility for you, contact your pediatrician or callrepparttar 143984 Center for Substance Abuse Referral Help line at 1-800-662-HELP.

Nicole Brownfield 71 County Road 269 Stevenson, AL 35772 (256) 437-8788 jnb8788@aol.com

Fun With Mind Games

Written by Steve Gillman

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Another creative game for a group uses a specific technique, called "concept combination." Simply combine random concepts or things in interesting ways, and see who hasrepparttar best idea. A chair and a microwave? Maybe an easy-chair with a built-in cooler, microwave and television, or microwavable "couch potatoes" - a potato snack inrepparttar 143938 shape of a couch.

More Mind Games

Some lateral-thinking puzzles use a scenario, real or imagined, with a selection of things you have to use to accomplish something. Imagine a ping-pong ball in an iron pipe that's set in cement. The pipe sticks up two-feet high, and has almostrepparttar 143939 same diameter asrepparttar 143940 ball. With only a box of frosted-flakes, and a t-shirt, how many ways can you find to getrepparttar 143941 ball out ofrepparttar 143942 pipe? You could also set this up for real, to know if a proposed solution will really work.

Riddles are just mind games or lateral-thinking puzzles. You move laterally in your mind, away from your usual line of thought, to solve a riddle. What did his friends do whenrepparttar 143943 canibal was late for dinner? Gave himrepparttar 143944 cold shoulder. Keeping your brain in shape doesn't have to be a matter of serious study, does it?

Steve Gillman has been studying brainpower enhancement, creative problem solving, and related topics for years. You can visit his website, and subscribe to his free Mind Power Course, at: http://www.IncreaseBrainPower.com/mind-power.html

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