Author: Justin Franich

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Drug Abuse Facts Among Veterans Drug abuse and alcoholism among military veterans has long been an issue that seems to get little attention. Often chemically dependency results from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), and results from dependency to pain prescriptions after injury. The sad fact is...

We say empathy is a bridge, a bridge that can connect us at some of our greatest moments of hurt and disappointments. It’s certainly been useful in my life in relating to people. Through the course of my life and in helping those bound with drugs and...

Enabling Enabling a drug addict means you're doing things that help an addicted individual continue addictive behaviors. This is a nice logical, tidy definition, stated in such a way that no logical, right-minded individual would ever enable an addicted friend or loved one. Before we get to parent-shaming,...

So How can I Stop Drinking? Alcohol is such a socially accepted substance; it is almost an enforced tradition and social activity in our society. Due to this social acceptance of alcohol, those who wish to quit drinking or need to quit to save their lives,...

6 Suggestions for How to Deal with a Drug Addict in Your Family The damaging effects of drug addiction go beyond just the addict. Addiction comes with an emotional, psychological, and financial cost to those close to the addict as well. There are things, however, loved...

6 Ways to Keep Drugs off the Holiday Menu 1: Choose the Right Holiday Mindset The holidays are a time to celebrate, a time to be with family and friends. Many use these celebrations as an excuse to indulge themselves with food and drink, often at the...

We are honored to post our newest story of life transformation here at Shenandoah Valley Adult & Teen Challenge in Virginia.  We hope you enjoy Phillip's story on how God changed his life! Phillip's Story What is your first name? Phillip How long have you been in the program? I...

Amanda's Story We hope you enjoy our most recent testimony of transformation at our Shenandoah Valley Adult & Teen Challenge in Virginia.  Amanda is about to graduate our induction phase program and move into our 2nd phase women's home. 1.What’s your first name? Amanda 2.How long have you been...

The New Dangers of Using Heroin A typical heroin user is no longer easy to spot by needle "track-marks," as pure heroin available on the market today is sold as a white powder that can be snorted or smoked. According to the National Institute on Drug...

Heroin Addiction and the Dangers of Using Drugs What kind of life do you want to have in 5-10 years? Where do you want to live? What kind of car do you want to drive? What kind of work do you want to do? How are...