Alan Sharpe Drugs, Lies & Teenagers

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Drugs, Lies & Teenagers

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Parents, teachers, and administrators will appreciate Sharpe's frank discussion of why kids do drugs, why current prevention practices fail, and what parents and teachers can do about it. He uses his own experiences as teacher, drug counselor and former teen addict to shed light on this perplexing problem. Unlike most authorities on teen drug abuse, Sharpe is able to see from the perspective of the teen and offers strategies that will help rather than hurt.

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Alan Sharpe grew up in the Midwest and as a teenager was a serious drug addict. He has an MA in Educational Technology from Pepperdine University and a BA in History Education from Illinois State University. At present he teaches high school social studies in Compton, California. He says "I've experienced the humanity behind the statistics. I've seen every perspective of the damage drug abuse does to people and families--from the teen age user, the helpless abuser, and the frightened parent to the frustrated counselor, the recovering addict, and the dumbstruck community. As a teenager, I abused a variety of drugs including marijuana, cocaine, opium, inhalants, speed, psychedelic mushrooms, LSD, PCP, hash and a few I can't remember. I went about as far as an addict can go without killing himself. As a teacher, I've seen many of my students in a variety of stages of abuse. As a drug abuse counselor, I've watched countless teens struggle with recovery. As a recovering addict, I've seen too many lives wasted by drugs and the ignorance of what drug use truly means in our society."

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. . .filled with insights and practical advice for anyone who wants to help young people in the drug culture. -- John W. Erickson, Deputy Superintendant Vancouver School District, Vancouver, WA

Sharpe provides a veritable plethora of information regarding drug addiction and the role that we all play in the epidemic. -- Larry Adams, Counselor, Serenity Lane Treatment Center for Alcohol and Drug Dependency, Eugene, OR

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