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Fear of Stigma: Does It Hold You Back?

February 12, 2013  /  Sara Bellum

If you’re like most people, you may try to avoid revealing anything about yourself that will make people think negatively about you. Basically, you’re avoiding stigma—which is being marked by shame or disgrace. But what if you have a drug problem and want to get help? Read More »

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Don't Be Fooled -- Even Your Phone App Could Be Advertising

January 10, 2013  /  Sara Bellum

As more and more people use smartphones, a world of virtual games, social networking, and fun apps are at their fingertips 24/7. Photo-sharing and exercise-tracking apps can be useful and fun. Others, though, may have devious intentions, like trying to get you hooked on smoking. Read More »

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Two teenage girls.

Mentors: Helping Teens Help Each Other

December 18, 2012  /  Sara Bellum

Get good grades. Spend time with friends. Make your parents proud. Eat healthy. Exercise. Volunteer. Choose a college. Don’t relax until you’ve finished all of the above. Read More »

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A young lady leaning on a railing.

Does This Make Me Look Fat?

December 04, 2012  /  Elisabeth Burton, 2012 NIDA Addiction Science Fair Award Winner

About 4 years ago, my good friend tried to die by suicide; the reason behind it? She felt like she didn’t match up to the women you see in magazines; she felt like she wasn’t beautiful or skinny enough. Read More »

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A teenage boy talking to his mother.

Parents: How Much Do They Influence You?

October 25, 2012  /  Sara Bellum

Someone offers you a cigarette or a beer. In the split second that you have to consider your answer, what do you think about? What your friends will think? What about what your parents would think? Read More »

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