bad-habits

David Earl Johnson, LICSW

3 minute read

There has been a long standing myth about marijuana that has been around since the 1960s. The myth says marijuana is less harmful to you than alcohol and tobacco. At best the myth is misleading. At worse, it becomes part of the denial based self-justification for marijuana dependence. Marijuana today is 100 to 1000 times the strength of marijuana of the 1960s. Studies from that era are simply no longer applicable.

David Earl Johnson, LICSW

1 minute read

While still excluded from the DSM IV TR, Internet addiction has graduated to a subject worthy of research. And not surprisingly, like all other addictive behaviors, what I like to call “temporary feel goods”, are associated with a lot of other diagnoses. Avoiding negative emotions has serious consequences, beyond even addictions. CNS Spectrums “Internet addiction were more likely to have MDD, dysthymic disorder, social phobia and adult ADHD than their unaffected counterparts.

David Earl Johnson, LICSW

3 minute read

Dr. Deb made some comments about the finale of The Sopranos. I never watched Sopranos, I don’t watch much TV. So I won’t comment about the show. But I was struck by one of Dr. Deb’s comments. “Personality disorders are resistant to cure – so Tony’s antisocial and narcissistic personality issues were not changeable. That is true. But treatment was successful in reducing panic attacks and his depression – and the insight gained helped Tony find an greater understanding to his life experiences.

David Earl Johnson, LICSW

3 minute read

It would appear that one of the most abused drug among teenagers maybe available at home in the medicine chest. Prescription drugs were reported abused by a disturbingly high proportion of high school students. If I recall my numbers correctly, the usual proportion for life time alcohol abuse at about 60%, marijuana abuse in the 25% range, cocaine and sniffing glue around 10%. Nearly 1⁄2 high schoolers have abused prescription drugs and about half of them had given or sold the drugs to others.

David Earl Johnson, LICSW

3 minute read

There is a secret that is just not talked about in a lot of circles. Drug abuse is not solely the scourge of poverty. In fact, drug abuse among poor minorities is dropping. Drug abuse among educated white middle aged women is higher than it’s ever been and growing. Along with it, aging baby boomers are well represented in the latest crime wave. New York Times When releasing last week’s Monitoring the Future survey on drug use, John P.

David Earl Johnson, LICSW

1 minute read

Have you talked to your child about drugs and alcohol? How about tobacco? How about inhalants? More and more parents are talking to their children about drugs and alcohol, but unfortunately, inhalants have not made the hit list. Sadly, they are making a come back in abuse patterns of the young. The better informed you are about drugs, the more your children will listen. DrugFree.org One in five teenagers (20 percent), or 4.

David Earl Johnson, LICSW

10 minute read

The US has one of the highest rates of incarceration of any country in the world. At year end 2002, 1,440,655 prisoners were under the jurisdiction of State or Federal correctional authorities. Four years later, that number is estimated at 1.8 million. In 2001, about 592,000 State prison inmates were released to the community after serving time in prison. (DOJ). Of the more than half a million offenders released every year, nearly 70% of them return to prison within three years.

David Earl Johnson, LICSW

12 minute read

Adolescence has a reputation of being a rough road for youths and their parents. While that is certainly true for many, it doesn’t have to be that way. An adolescent’s job is to develop a sense of independence and an identity separate from her parents. The more complicated her relationship with her parents, the more difficult that job is. Sometimes as a way to clearly separate herself from her parent’s way of life, she will adopt a youth subculture.

David Earl Johnson, LICSW

4 minute read

The [NY Times][1] published an article last week quoting some sobering statistics about inner city black youth. Six in 10 black men in their 30s who had dropped out of school had spent time in prison. Fifty percent of black youths don’t finish high school. Unemployment for black high school dropouts has peaked at 72%. Orlando Patterson, a professor of sociology at Harvard, wrote a courageous article in the [NY Times][2] today.

David Earl Johnson, LICSW

2 minute read

Methamphetamine addiction has spread like a wild fire across the country. Here is some details about consequences of meth addiction. Narconon Methamphetamine can cause a variety of cardiovascular problems. These include rapid heart rate, irregular heartbeat, increased blood pressure, and irreversible, stroke-producing damage to small blood vessels in the brain. Hyperthermia (elevated body temperature) and convulsions occur with methamphetamine overdoses, and if not treated immediately, can result in death.