The Five Steps To Successfully Helping Someone With A Possible Drug Issue. By: Larry Lawton

In our last newsletter we explained the difference between having a “drug problem” and “self-medicating due to a mental illness.” We want to emphasize again; officials and society in general need to stop stigmatizing mental illness. Once that happens, the success rate with helping people with substance abuse issues will skyrocket.

We treat illnesses like heart failure, kidney failure, spinal issues, cancer, etc, without a second thought. We should treat mental illness no differently. It’s an illness, plain and simple.

There are a number of Read More »

The Opioid Crisis CAN NOT Be Fixed – By: Larry Lawton

The opioid crisis CAN NOT be fixed until we recognize how mental illness plays a roll in addiction.

The government and society need to address mental illness and understand how that plays a roll in the opioid crisis. Until that happens, funerals and family destruction will not stop.  

You might say, “Drugs are a choice, it’s the pharmaceutical companies to blame, he’s just making bad choices, the kid is spoiled, he should have just stopped, bad parenting, etc.”

For people with a drug “problem” the above is mostly true. A drug problem is totally different than a person using drugs to self-medicate for a mental illness.

Let me explain a drug problem compared to a person self-medicating for a mental illness.

WHAT IS A DRUG PROBLEM?

When a person has a drug problem, you can get them physically clean, educate them, open their eyes to how they are hurting their family, kids, themselves, how their life will look in the future, etc, and with help from family and friends, the Read More »

Being A Good Influence. By: Larry Lawton

The Reality Check Foundation’s 3rd Annual Golf Outing was a huge success.We often get questions and requests from families with kids on ways to influence and help them through tough times.

Influence is the right word, because we all have influence over someone. A parent over a child, uncle over nephews and nieces, friend over friend, and so on. There is no doubt in my mind that all family members influence one another.

In the Reality Check Program we show a picture of a father and a son in prison together. What kind Read More »

Addiction the Disease – By: Larry Lawton

You will cry when you watch this video, I did. 

We all know someone with a mental illness. 

Tony Luke Jr., went through what too many parents are going through, burying their own child. 

Tony Luke Jr. lost his son by way of mental illness. (A Drug Overdose)

You might say, “Drugs are a choice, it’s the pharmaceutical companies to blame, he’s just making bad choices, the kid is spoiled, he should have just stopped, bad parenting, etc.”

For people with a drug “problem” the above is mostly true. A drug problem is totally different than Read More »

Stand Your Ground – Right or Wrong? By: Larry Lawton

What does stand your ground mean and what does the law say? “Stand your ground” self-defense laws, allow armed individuals who believe they are in imminent danger to use deadly force. That is the short version. 

Stand Your Ground Laws at a Glance

Stand your ground laws are essentially a revocation of the duty to retreat. Stand your ground laws generally state that, under certain circumstances, individuals can use force to defend themselves without first attempting to retreat from the danger.

The purpose behind these laws is to remove any confusion about when individuals can Read More »