Understanding Drug Abuse for the GENIUS
Dr. Bill Gallagher reminds us that no one is perfect. We all make mistakes, but we can all take action to be better parents. Reading this book is a great start. By learning all you can about prevention and empowering yourself to serve as a positive role model in your home, you will be a part of the solution.
Drug abuse is all about pain. It is about the physical pain that modern medicine addresses with opioids. It is about the emotional pain that we all face and some of us learn to deal with, while others learn to mask by self-medicating.
Drugs do damage to the user, both physically and emotionally, but the real problem is that drug abuse affects everyone. It affects the users as well as their families and friends who have to live with them and their problems.
You may not be a user or even have users in your immediate circle, leading you to believe you are free of the problem. The truth is we are all affected and we all pay for the problem.
Drug abuse is the same way. We all pay for the increased medical bills, for their recoveries, for their crimes, and for their lost productivity. We all pay for it and, unless you are a part of the solution, you are a part of the problem.
This book provides some common sense to a country that has lost common sense. Today, we want what we want and we want it NOW!
Dr. Gallagher reminds us that no one is perfect, we all make mistakes, but we can all take action to be better parents. Reading this book is a great start. By learning all you can about prevention and empowering yourself to serve as a positive role model in your home, you will be a part of the solution.
You are a genius...you just have to slow down and quiet your mind to tap into your innate wisdom to be a truly GREAT PARENT. It isn’t easy, but the rewards are great.
What’s In This Book?
Part 1: Things You Should Know
Chapter 1: Your Kid Will Probably Do Drugs
Chapter 2: What You Need to Know About Drugs
Chapter 3: What You Need to Know About You and Your Kids
Chapter 4: What You Need to Know About the Levels of Involvement
Part 2: The Problem...or What Elephant?
Chapter 5: The Problem that Isn’t Really the Problem
Chapter 6: You, Me, and Everyone Else
Chapter 7: Prohibition and the War on Drugs
Chapter 8: Twelve Steps, DARE, NO, & Fried Eggs
Chapter 9: Follow the Money
Chapter 10: Under the Influence
Part 3: The Solution
Chapter 11: Drug Abuse Prevention
Chapter 12: You Are a Parent, Not a Friend
Chapter 13: The Power of Choice
Chapter 14: Communication
Chapter 15: Listen First
Chapter 16: Talk Second
Part 4: What You Can Do
Chapter 17: Set Goals
Chapter 18: What You Can Do at Home of School
Chapter 19: Conclusion: You Will Probably Fail
About the Author
As a product of the sixties (most of which I remember) and someone who can trace my roots to a speakeasy on either side of the family tree, I was born to be involved with drugs. For my generation, I was one of the lucky ones who was able to climb free of the trap and eventually into drug abuse prevention.
As someone who lost my voice to a drunk driver, I have always found strength in the printed word, both mine and others, as an alternative means of communication.
For more than forty years, my prevention work has ranged from helping high school students create a positive peer-pressure program similar to current Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) programs and creating a nonprofit organization with international reach. Over the past fifty years, my writing has gone from my first paying job at age fourteen as a sports writer for the local daily newspaper to editor of the NYS Vocational Guidance Association Newsletter and, most recently, as a columnist for Attorney At Law Magazine.
My day job is as a chiropractor, and in spite of all the framed degrees and awards that hang on my office wall, the best and most important job I have ever had is as a father.
What Are GENIUS Books?
Though we admit to a bit of tongue-in-cheek fun in referring to our readers as geniuses, we do in fact think highly of them! We know that they are intelligent and knowledgeable about many subjects, just not necessarily on the subject of the For the GENIUS book they’ve just picked up. They know that, despite the title, our books are for pretty much everyone, not just “Einsteins”—though even some Einsteins will enjoy our books, too!
We celebrate the fact that our readers are inspired to learn a subject enough to pick up one of our books, which in turn inspires us to ensure, through plenty of perspiration at every step, excellence in producing them.
Readers will enjoy the fun, upbeat, and first-person writing style. They will even find themselves entertained by the occasional sprinkled-in humor, and look forward to sidebars that enhance the discussion.
Though written in a conversational first-person style, GENIUS books are thorough and authoritative treatments of the subject. They are written by top experts in the subject who want to share with others what they’ve learned.
The For the GENIUS series was created by CharityChannel, a community of nonprofit-sector professionals, to offer the world something different and not always on a nonprofit topic. Enjoy!