Honoring Jon Daily’s legacy of hope for the human condition so essential for modern parents and youth

Honoring Jon Daily’s legacy of hope for the human condition so essential for modern parents and youth

There is something incredibly transformative and resilient about a person who suffers well. The person who seeks to know and do better in response to pain and then help others in their own suffering, brings forth a torch of resilience that can only be nurtured from...
How the sciences of addiction, faith and recovery inform prevention strategy

How the sciences of addiction, faith and recovery inform prevention strategy

(Below is the message Joanna shared with parents, educators, law enforcement, faith leaders and community leaders at the Coalition for Placer Youth, State of the Youth Community annual luncheon at 180 Church in Rocklin, last May 25. Joanna serves as the Chairperson...
How the brains of tech-savvy youth are ‘hacked’ and what to do about it

How the brains of tech-savvy youth are ‘hacked’ and what to do about it

On Sunday June 11, 60 Minutes aired a very revealing and insightful expose on how cyber tools and applications are designed to efficiently and proficiently engage the intellect and will of people so that they easily become addicted to the device – which then...

Drug take back day: Safe drop off locations on April 29

Saturday, April 29, 2017 is National Drug Take Back Day, organized by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies and community organizations to collect unused or expired medications in the home. This nation-wide initiative is a community response to drug...

Why college students are vulnerable to addiction: What can parents do to help

Stephanie Lake, M.Ed., CATC IV, TTS, is the drug and alcohol Intervention Services Coordinator for the Student Health and Counseling Services department at U.C. Davis. She observes that that college students today are dealing with addiction to social media as well as...
The power of a parent in responding to adolescence and youth addiction

The power of a parent in responding to adolescence and youth addiction

Soon after Banana Moments went on-line circa 2009, I was contacted by a mother in Florida who was seeking support in parenting a teenager in recovery from oxycontin addiction. She told me that she  could find nothing to meet her need until she came across my website....