Author: Bethany Winkel

Joining the TSN online family in 2008, Bethany has used her skills as a writer to reach many people through her blog. Always eager to be a help to others, she is pleased to see her writing become a source of information, encouragement, and hope for those impacted by substance abuse. Bethany is happy to be involved with an organization that is making a difference in the lives of others. Bethany has also held the position of development coordinator for a nonprofit youth center for the past 6 years. With her expertise in grant writing, Bethany has raised over $1 million for programming that benefits at-risk youth. The happy mother of 4 young children, Bethany juggles her writing from home with spending time with her family. If her hours of research for her TSN blog articles have taught her one thing, it is to be an involved parent who takes time to listen to her kids. LinkedIn

Top 5 Ways to Prevent Substance Abuse

While it’s practically impossible to prevent anyone and everyone from using illicit drugs, there are things we can all do to avoid drug and/or alcohol abuse. By sharing this knowledge with those closest to you, you yourself may be able to prevent them from doing drugs, too. Here are the top five ways to help […]

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Support for Families of Addicts

When someone in a family has an addiction, the whole family suffers. Family members often fall into the destructive habit of enabling the addict among them. Without help, families fall into dysfunction and everyone is affected. Family members need support too. Embarrassed by Having a Family Member with an Addiction When parents, siblings, or children […]

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Social/Binge Drinking… It’s a Slippery Slope

Many people take pride being able to go out with friends and NOT get totally smashed. And that’s a good thing, they should feel proud… because binge drinking can easily lead to full-blown alcoholism. Dangerous territory Social drinkers drink alcohol responsibly, for the most part — meaning they don’t drink to get drunk and binge. […]

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Do Sleep Aids Cause a Higher Risk of Mortality?

A new study warns you to be extra careful about sleeping pills — and to use them only when necessary. While many researchers and doctors disagree with the study done by the Scripps Clinic Sleep Center in La Jolla, California, the lead authors are not backing down on their claims. The authors found that people who take […]

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Substance Abuse

Many people in America suffer from mental illness and a drug or alcohol addiction that co-occur. These types of disorders often mask one another and can be hard to diagnose and treat. OCD Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder that affects 3.3 million Americans. (1) The disorder causes the sufferer to feel an […]

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Afraid of Drugs

We often have biases about drug abuse. Maybe we think all drug addicts live on the streets of big cities, or that every rich and famous person does drugs or abuses alcohol, or that all young people will try drugs at least once in their life. Some people are hopelessly optimistic that we can change […]

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The Effects of Having an Alcoholic Parent

We know that parents have great influence over their teen when it comes to experimenting with drugs or alcohol. New research suggests that teenage brains can actually form differently, based on the  drinking behavior of their parents. This helps to explain a little more about why some adolescents are at greater risk for alcohol abuse. […]

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Unspeakable Methamphetamine Crimes

Methamphetamine is one of those drugs that is truly addicting and it truly changes its user’s appearance and brain function. Many people who experiment with this drug just once or twice end up hopelessly addicted, ruining their lives and sometimes the lives of others as well. Horrible Attacks Story after story has come out in […]

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Drinking Alcohol Make Us Cold

Some areas of the country are experiencing freezing temperatures for the first time this season. What has been mild weather for many has turned into sub-zero temperatures this week, and it has left many people trying to find ways to stay warm, including taking some risks with alcohol. Alcohol Makes Us Feel Warm Drinking alcohol […]

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Trading Food Stamps for Drugs

An estimated 46 million Americans receive food stamps every month. With the economy largely on people’s minds and talk of budget deficits widespread, some people are looking to the food stamp system to fight fraud and save costs. Fighting Welfare Fraud The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) costs taxpaying Americans $89 billion a year, and […]

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