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Issue #104 (Spring 2011) issue cover
Off the Hook
Overcoming addiction

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Facing severe budget shortfalls, states are cutting childcare subsidies to needy families, raising concerns that more children will end up in foster care. (full text)

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Ashunte introduces the Addictions issue by describing his own struggle to kick his weed habit. (full text)

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Olivia's mother has been an alcoholic for most of Olivia's life. Over the years, Olivia copes with the disappointment by shutting down her emotions. Now she'd like some of them back. (full text)

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Joy and her big sister were very close until her sister began smoking weed and drifted away from Joy. (full text)

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Samantha falls in love with "Joseph" despite warning signs of his alcoholism. Even after she realizes he's a full-blown addict, she keeps trying to help him. (full text)

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A family therapist describes how kids can cope with a parent's addiction and seek help. (full text)

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Two therapists with drug treatment experience explain how drugs and alcohol distort the brain's natural functioning. (full text)

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At 17, Hollie must cope with her mother's death from alcoholism. (full text)

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Trying to keep up with older kids, Shantae drinks too much brandy and suffers severe alcohol poisoning. (full text)

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Psychologist Ira Moses explains that drugs and alcohol won't cure depression, and gives strategies for getting sober. (full text)

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Desmin uses weed to tame his rage, but he soon realizes that getting high is keeping him from moving forward with his life. (full text)

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When Erica joins Facebook, she's pulled into pointless fights and wastes lots of time. (full text)

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Worried that she won't be able to keep a roof over her head when she ages out of care, Chimore works three jobs and has a hard time remembering that her work is not her life. (full text)

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The author falls in love at age 14. When the boy breaks up with her, she sleeps with other guys to regain the feeling of being loved. (full text)

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Otis spends so much time online that his schoolwork suffers, but he connects with many people. (full text)

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Last time: Shawn moved his money from a hole in his wall to a bank. Now it’s time to apply to colleges. But will Shawn put the right foot forward and impress the admissions office? (full text)

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In 8th grade, Imani thought creating the perfect MySpace page would give her the attention and popularity she craved. Instead, MySpace took over her life. (full text)

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A danish is Hattie's perfect partner—with his soft cherry lips and tan complexion, he's just there to please. But he comes with an unpleasant side effect. (full text)

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Essay contest winners write about a biography they've read (or seen in a movie/documentary) that inspired them. (full text)

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Essay contest winners write about a bad habit or negative behavior they had in the past. (full text)

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A set of lessons that go with the stories "The Dragon Inside" and "Losing My Mother" in Issue 104 (full text)
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