Archive for January, 2014

Today, I wanted to share with you some of the exciting efforts Rethink the Drink supports and takes part in within Polk county. We’ve got some pictures to share and we hope you’ll see that your support helps us to do these great things in our communities!

photoHere we have the CHAMP graduation of Eastside Elementary School’s fifth graders. [December 2013, Polk County]

photoHere we have Rockmart High School students, posed after seeing Chris Sandy’s DUI presentation. [Polk County, December 2013]

photo 2photo 1The above two pictures are of Rockmart Middle School students participating in our AlcoholEDU curriculum. [December 2013, Polk County].

photoPictured above are Rockmart High School Students representing the Public Safety Club with sponsor Leah Reynolds. [December 2013, Polk County].

photoHere we have Rockmart city businesses that support our cause: Wal-Mart, Raceway, & High-Tech with Stacey Smith, Community Development Coordinator.

As you can see, Rethink the Drink has a lot of local support within our communities, and it is thanks to all the support we receive that we are able to do so much for our teens and parents.

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Alcohol Can Worsen PTSD Symptoms

Posted: January 27, 2014 by cpmacartersville in Useful Information

A new article published in the Huffington Post discusses the fact that increased alcohol consumption can worsen PTSD symptoms. It is no secret that alcohol can intensify and worsen existing health and emotional concerns. It should come as no surprise that PTSD can be exacerbated with increased alcohol consumption. PTSD, post traumatic stress disorder, is caused by experiencing, witnessing, or being part of a traumatic event. Many individuals resort to alcohol and other drugs to self-medicate the pain caused by PTSD, but it isn’t helpful and can in fact make the pain much worse in the long run (and create other health concerns). Read the entire article for more information and encourage those in your life who suffer from PTSD to seek counseling, therapeutic aid, and healthy outlets for healing.

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From the Boards: [LOVE YOURSELF]

Posted: January 24, 2014 by cpmacartersville in Resources
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It’s almost Valentine’s Day, and everyone is starting to plan out gifts for significant others and daydream about romantic evenings. Even though someone special is most likely occupying much of your thoughts, there’s one more special someone that I want you to focus on this year: YOURSELF. If people spent more time loving their own bodies, thoughts, and ideas, perhaps peer pressure would be a lessened concern in our young peoples’ lives. If you’re looking for positive affirmations and inspiration for self-care, take a look at our [LOVE YOURSELF] board on Pinterest. 🙂

Spend time this Valentine’s season gathering inspiration for self-care!

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Happy MLK Day!

Posted: January 20, 2014 by cpmacartersville in Parents, Teens
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Most likely, you’re off from school and/or work today and if you are, we hope you’re using your day off to spend time with friends and family in fun, healthy ways. 🙂 Remember, it doesn’t take alcohol to have a good time. Maybe go for a hike if the weather’s nice, or spend some time watching a favorite TV show. There are all kinds of great ways to cut loose and have fun without resorting to drugs. If you’re looking for some good ideas, try our Pinterest Page! Get out there, have fun, and enjoy the day!

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Stories like this one just make you so, so sad. Beverly Pickorer is just 35 years old, but images of her in this article will make you believe otherwise. She became an alcoholic in her twenties and went on to consume a highly toxic amount of alcohol each day in the following years. Her condition is dire. Her healthy body has become frail and diseased. She is cared for in a nursing home that is populated by the elderly. This is just another example of how disastrous an alcohol addiction can be. I hope you will go on to read the article in its entirety and truly let it resonate with you. Alcohol abuse is not glamorous, “fun”, or exciting. Its effect on the human body is completely unfortunate. Don’t become another Beverly Pickorer. Rethink the drink and make a commitment to keep your body in good health.

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I was meandering around Pinterest today when I discovered this wise quote. Surround yourself with people who make you a better person. “Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes!” I thought to myself. If more people (teenagers, kids, and adults alike) followed this rule, I firmly believe more wise choices would be made and less destructive decisions.

Take a look at your friends. Are they people who challenge you to live a better life? Do they help you make wise decisions? Are they kind, caring, and constructive when you make mistakes? Do they belittle you in front of others or constantly ride you about your quirks? Spend some time contemplating their character and ask yourself the following questions to help you discern whether or not they are helping you to achieve your goals and to honor your values//commitments, or if they are dragging you down beneath your potential.

>> Does _______ try to live his/her life with integrity and character?

>> Does _______ repeatedly engage in bad behavior such as drinking, skipping class, other drug-use, or disrespecting their elders and peers?

>> Does _______ support your commitment to avoid drinking or to stop destructive behavior?

>> Does _______ learn from his/her mistakes or do they continually persist in bad decisions?

>> Does _______ help you to discover your potential?

>> Do you have fun with _________?

This is, of course, not an exhaustive list, but they should get you started. If you find that you have friends who are not helping you to grow as a person, or who are not good for you to associate with, it can be difficult to “break up”. However, it may be best for your future and it might show them that their behavior isn’t beneficial to themselves or others. I hope you’ll really take some time to consider these questions and to take a long, hard look at your friendships to see if there are any that need to end. Associate with those who support you and who help you to grow.

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I’m sure you knew that excessive alcohol consumption can lead to alcohol poisoning and alcoholism, but did you know that too-frequent alcohol consumption can also lead to a whole array of diseases? Here are just a few of the “nasties” that alcohol can produce in the body:

>> Cirrhosis — This is a potentially fatal liver disease with extremely noticeable side effects. Read more about cirrhosis of the liver here.

>> Alcoholic Hepatitis — Another liver disease, alcoholic hepatitis can cause nausea, weight gain or loss, abdominal pain, and more. Read more about it here.

>> Alcoholic Cardiomyopathy — Chronic alcohol consumption can literally cause the enlargement of one’s heart. Read more about this extremely scary condition here.

>> Alcoholic Dementia — Affecting memory, learning, and many other mental functions, alcoholic dementia can sometimes look similar to Alzheimer’s and can be very debilitating. Read more about it here.

>> Various Cancers — Excessive alcohol consumption can increase your risk of developing throat, oral, liver, stomach, esophageal, breast, and other types of cancer. Read more about it here.

It’s true: excessive alcohol consumption is no picnic in the park. It can lead to serious, life-threatening diseases that can cut short your life and can make your remaining years extremely uncomfortable. Take those above side-effects to heart and rethink the drink in 2014! Your life is too valuable to waste with alcohol misuse!

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