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Driving Under the Influence: Why Medical Marijuana and Driving Laws Don’t Mix

Driving Under the Influence: Why Medical Marijuana and Driving Laws Don’t Mix

As of today, 29 of the 50 states in the country have legalized medicinal marijuana, with 9 states, including California, and the District of Columbia also allowing recreational use. Since the push for widespread legalization in 2016, there have been questions about how the acceptance of marijuana use would affect national and statewide culture, including day-to-day activities. In California, one of the most practical and important considerations for the effects of marijuana use is how it has affected driving and the amount of DUIs being issued by police. A recent survey showed that almost half of Americans believed it was safe to drive while under the influence of cannabis. Yet organizations like the World Health Organization say that cannabis impairs many brain functions that are essential to safe driving, such as motor and cognitive skills, balance, mood, and time estimation. WHO also estimated that 22% of drug-related road traffic deaths were caused by cannabis use. This is likely why California treats driving under the influence of marijuana almost the same as drunk driving. If you are caught driving while stoned, you may be fined up to $1,000, serve jail time, have your license suspended, and be required to attend California DUI education programs. And all of this can happen to you on your first offense. Consuming alcohol and marijuana may both be legal in our state, but before you even think about drinking or smoking prior to getting behind the wheel, stop and think about the consequences of driving under the influence for yourself, your passengers, and the people on the...

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Troubled Teen Programs Will Help Your Child Succeed

Troubled Teen Programs Will Help Your Child Succeed

If you’re dealing with a child that’s struggling with their self-identity, there’s hope. Written by: Wood Creek Academy If your child is misbehaving and causing trouble, and possibly harm, to your family, there’s a solution. And, it doesn’t come in the form of a juvenile boot camp. You don’t have to face these challenges alone. Therapeutic boarding schools like Wood Creek Academy offer programs that cater to your family’s needs and help your child walk the road to recovery. Troubled Teen Programs Troubled teen programs are typically for children between the ages of 13- to 18-. Many times, the underlying root of the problem comes from the child questioning their self-identity in a society where influence is heavily present in schools and communities. What will be important in your child’s lives are the steps that you take to support your child’s development and struggles. These programs will support you with these challenges by providing a structure that your children will follow that teach them the lessons of life and how to adapt in a world that’s not always kind. What Should You Expect? As a parent that’s enrolling their child into one of these programs, you might be curious as what you should expect? While all programs vary, understand that they all have one thing in common, and that’s professional consulting. However, a teen will benefit greatly from these programs not only because of these professionals, but the environment that they’re placed in. Many boys boarding schools offer therapeutic wilderness programs that focus on teamwork and physical endurance. The natural healing capabilities of the wild can help shed that layer of resistance that they’ve been holding on to, and gently nudge them into slowly opening up and discussing what’s been holding them back in their...

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Tips on Finding the Right School for Your Troubled Child

Tips on Finding the Right School for Your Troubled Child

It’s important to keep these in mind when finding the right school or program for your child. Parents are often overwhelmed when their left with finding the right type of school or program that will best meet their troubled children’s needs. If they’re lacking in motivation, behaving out of control, or just failing in their grades, they need an option that will not only help their rehabilitation process, but also care for them as a human being. Luckily there are an abundance of services that offer your child a chance to succeed and get back on track. If you’re thinking that boarding schools are your only option, there are alternatives to this route such as a boot camp for teenagers that will correct their problematic behavior. Here are some things that you should consider when looking for the right program for your child. When looking for a school for your troubled youth, the first thing that you’re going to want to check is their accreditation status. Do not go ahead and choose a school that is not accredited as their credits will not be transferred upon completion. It’s easy to find as the schools that have passed their regional accreditation place this on their website. The difference between a private school and an alternative school for the troubled is that there are additional services such as counseling and “on-on-one’s” that are offered within their curriculum. This being said, tuition prices could average out to $40,000 for the year as well as lodging costs. Lastly, ensure that the school of your choice awards a diploma that is recognized by educational accrediting bodies. Wood Creek Academy is a therapeutic boarding school for boys offering wilderness therapy programs unlike a typical juvenile boot...

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Teens Learn Valuable Life Skills at Wilderness Therapeutic Boarding Schools

Teens Learn Valuable Life Skills at Wilderness Therapeutic Boarding Schools

Written by Wood Creek Academy. One of the most effective choices for parents of troubled teens is to send them to a wilderness therapeutic boarding school. Find out more about the types of lessons that students learn while attending one of these schools. Teenagers who have emotional, academic or social challenges can often struggle with traditional methods of education or discipline. Sending many teens to a harsh juvenile boot camp can often lead to them rebelling or increasing their feelings of anger. In addition, their current social environment – such as being around a group of destructive friends – can make it difficult to change their habits. For these teens, a new approach in a different location is often necessary in order to put them on the road to making a positive change in their lives. One solution to this is to have a troubled teen attend a wilderness therapeutic boarding school. These programs offer students a place to go for nine to 12 months and work on their behavioral and emotional issues in an outdoor setting. Through a mixture of group and individual therapy, academic counseling and wilderness adventures, participants raise their self-esteem and begin to cope with the issues that have previously stunted their emotional growth. A major difference between a wilderness therapy program and a boot camp for teenagers is in the level of life skills that teens learn. At a therapeutic boarding school, students take daily educational classes as well as performing tasks that can help them grow as a person and acquire necessary skills for their rest of their lives. Some examples of this include: Outdoor Skills: Being in nature is a major component in the process at wilderness therapeutic boarding schools. It gives students the chance to contemplate in a peaceful setting. It also gives them a chance to learn how to work and communicate with other students to complete tasks in an outdoor setting. This can include survival camping, fishing or kayaking expeditions. Coping Mechanisms: One of the challenges that troubled teens face is learning how to deal with complex emotions such as anger and disappointment. Developing healthy coping mechanisms can help them to better navigate difficult moments in their life. One approach taken by many therapeutic boarding schools is to have students engage in regular group therapy sessions where they can hear what other students are going through, understand they are not alone and help each other develop better ways to communicate and deal with tough situations. Life Skills: Attending a wilderness therapeutic boarding school helps students develop skills they can use for the rest of their lives. Students learn how to perform basic chores such...

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Preparing Your Child for Therapeutic Boarding School

Preparing Your Child for Therapeutic Boarding School

Written by Wood Creek Academy. Making the decision to send your child to a boarding school for troubled teens is never easy. Therapeutic boarding schools such as Wood Creek Academy require students to attend for 10 to 12 months, which means that students will be spending a long time away from home. This can be particularly difficult for parents when they realize their children are struggling emotionally and can’t be there with them. However, in many cases therapeutic boot camps are the best option for getting kids back on track and prepared to becoming high functioning members of society. Unlike a boot camp for teenagers, a therapeutic boarding school is built around a holistic approach that addresses student’s issues with kindness and compassion. Still, your child might be angry or resentful about being sent to a therapeutic boarding school. This is perfectly natural, but you’ll want to make sure they are in a good place emotionally before they leave on their journey. Here are a few tips for preparing your son or daughter to leave for a therapeutic boarding school,: Explain What a Therapeutic Boarding School Is — and Isn’t When a teen hears that they are going to a therapeutic boarding school, it’s natural to equate it with a juvenile boot camp where discipline is used to instill respect into kids. You’ll want to dispel this notion to get your child in the right frame of mind for their journey. Show them as much information as possible about the boarding school to let them understand where they are going. Visit the Boarding School If you can, it’s a great idea to schedule a visit with your teenager to the boarding school before they start. Doing this will allow them to ask questions about the school and feel comfortable before they leave home. It will help lessen the shock in the transition when first attending the school if they have already had a chance to meet the faculty and understand the program. Leave Lines of Communication Open Even if your child is upset that they are going to a therapeutic boarding school, you want to make sure that you leave lines of communication open so that they can express their frustration, anger or fears in a constructive manner. Make sure you reinforce that this isn’t a punishment and get them to see the potential benefits that their attendance at the therapeutic boarding school can have on their lives. ————————————————————————————————————————— Based in Montana, the Wood Creek Academy is a therapeutic boarding school that gives troubled teens the life skills needed to deal with their challenges. Unlike a teen boot camp, Wood Creek Academy uses a...

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Visiting the Equator

Visiting the Equator

Posted by Samuel Phineas Upham Every once in a while we need to take a closer look at the equator. Is that even possible? In the article “Zero Latitude,” by Jamie Malanowski, he provides an in depth exploration of the invisible line around the Earth. While there is so much we can say about it, he suggests that “the only thing about the equator that you have to know is this: It isn’t there. It’s imaginary.” In the article, Malanowski takes this theme and writes about a variety of imaginary things that are still real. The article takes us to the origins of its discovery (the Greek mathematician Eratosthenes) and covers a few ancient but comical myths about life near the equator, such as the theory that there might be people with huge feet. Malanowski also reveals a ceremony related to crossing the equator and how different people at different times celebrated the crossing. Even Mark Twain wrote about ritual when he wrote Following the Equator. To read the entire article, please visit...

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