Drugs Make You Un-Smarter

About the Authors

Savanna and Jill's Salt Lake Tribune Interview (March 3, 2011)
How Teen Abstains from Drugs and Alcohol Interview (March 2, 2011)

Calendar of Author Events

Savanna Peterson, nicknamed Bab Sav because she is less than five feet tall, is a tenth-grader from Utah. Her favorite thing to do is ghost hunting with friends. Her favorite band is Sleeping Giant. Her favor- ite movies are The Sandlot and Stand by Me. Savanna’s favorite food is chicken taco salad.

Savanna Peterson

Savanna says, "I try to have as much fun as I possibly can, and that doesn’t include drugs or drinking. You have more fun when you can remember your memories. I like to remember what I did the night before.

"I spend all my time wisely. I want to be an archeologist when I am older. I’m very open-minded and kind. I have a heart and I show it most of the time, but I just can’t tolerate seeing people mess up their lives with drugs."

You can find Savanna in the short book trailer: Through the Rug 2: Follow that Dog and How Drugs Affect A Family.

Jill Vanderwood

Jill Vanderwood is Savanna’s grandmother and the author of four children’s books. She is the winner of the 2008 Writer of the Year Award from the League of Utah Writers.

Jill has witnessed firsthand how drugs affect a family through mar- riage to an alcoholic and the drug addiction of several family members.

Jill’s book, What’s It Like, Living Green? Kids Teaching Kids by the Way They Live, is the First Place Winner of three national book awards and won second place on a state level. Through her book sales, she has been an active fundraiser for the Literacy Action Center in Salt Lake City, Wheelchair Foundation, the Hibiscus Children’s Center in Florida, and the Southwind Sustainable Park, in Springfield, IL.

Jill Vanderwood also appears in the documentary film, Achieve Your Ultimate Success, available at a bookstore near you. You can find more information about Drugs Make You Un-Smarter at: www.jillvanderwood.com

Table of Contents

The Purpose of this book
Introduction: Be Strong

Section 1 - Savanna’s Story

When I Came Into the World
My Dad
My Mom
My Brother
Things That Have Disappeared From My House
My Dad Taught Me How to Steal
What I Believe: Being Straight Edge
The Heroes in My Life

Section 2 - How Drugs Affect a Family

Cold Turkey
A Tragic Turn of Events
I Just Want My Dad Back
A Case of Mistaken Identity
The Power of Forgiveness

Section 3 - Alcohol

The Dangers of Alcohol Use in Adolescents
Common Myths
What Happens to Your Body?
Signs of Alcohol Poisoning
About Drunk Driving
It’s Always Going to Haunt Me
The Other Side of Alcoholism
Signs of Alcoholism
What Should I Do If I’ve Been Drinking?

Section 4 - Marijuana

Facts about Marijuana
Mentally Obsessed
Just Pot?
When I Grow Up

Section 5 - Crack

What Are the Signs of Drug Addiction?
Facts about Crack
I Was Addicted Before I Took My First Hit
Disneyland
Everything to Lose

Section 6 - Cocaine

Facts about Cocaine
The Coke Man
I Overdosed Twice
Losing Control
I Crossed The Line
A Party Gone Wrong

Section 7 - Crystal Meth

Facts about Methamphetamine
Confessions of a Meth Addicted Mother
Faces 2 Face with Meth
Worth Fighting For

Section 8 - LSD

Facts about LSD
A Handful of Candy
Living Recklessly
I Have No Idea How I Got There

Section 9 - Heroin

Facts about Heroin
One Thing Led to Another
Some Kind of Hero?
A Crazy Ride

Section 10 - Inhalants

Facts about Inhalants
Whippets and Nitrous Oxide Abuse
No More, Not For Me!
Confessions of a Teenage Huffer

Section 11 - Ecstasy

Facts about Ecstasy
Is This Your Candy?
Bombing on Ecstasy
When the Wonder Fades

Section 12 - Prescription Drugs

Facts about Prescriptions
My Heart Almost Exploded
Interview with a Pharmacist
Overdoing It
OxyContin: aka Hillbilly Heroin

Section 13 - Rehab

The Way an Addict Thinks
Treating Addiction as a Disease
Celebrity Rehab
My Rehab Experience
Treating the Real Problem
Treating the Rehab Doctor
Digging My Way Out
Alateen

Section 14 - Taking a Stand against Drugs

Times to Be On Guard
What is Expected?
Cheerleading
I Always Knew
Radical Parenting
Preventive Solutions
Helping Others
Music Keeps Me Focused
My Path to Success
Be a Leader

A World of Opportunities

See the World
The Captain of My Life
Seeing the World through a Camera

Questions for Teens

Conclusion: Drugs Make You Un-Smarter
Contributors
About the Authors

Jill Vanderwood
Savanna Peterson

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Savanna Peterson with Jill Vanderwood
Savanna with Grandma Peterson
Savanna Peterson with Jill Vanderwood
Savanna Peterson
Savanna Peterson
Savanna Peterson
Savanna Peterson
Savanna Peterson

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An Interview with Brandon
Elizabeth
Jessica
An Interview with Actor Jason London
Brooks Gibbs--Teen Motivational Speaker

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College Drinking Website
Judge Forrest W. Burt
Dez
Jill Vanderwood
Jill Vanderwood
Jill Vanderwood

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Tina
Ryan Frazier
Jennifer Parker

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Brooks Gibbs--Teen Motivational Speaker

Jennifer Storm
Rebecca Kanefsky
Britney Campbell

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Rebecca Kanefsky
Erica Catton
Jason
Kevin Haushultz
Alicia

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Jennifer Parker
An interview with Sheriff Tom Allman
An interview with Crystal Atkinson

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Jerilyn Wheeler
Ashley Warner
Shaun Albertson

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Erica Catton
Savanna Peterson
Alicia

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With quotes from Judy Battle and others
Dillon
An interview with Crystal Atkinson

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Savanna Peterson
Dillon
An interview with Mikey Rox

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Brianna
Ryan Farmer
An interview with Dez
Rebecca Kanefsky

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Scott Gaba, C.A.T.C., C.D.S.
An interview with Dr. Kishore
An interview with Sherry Gaba, LCSW
Dillon
Kristen Moeller
Dr. Talia Witkowski
Kevin Hauschulz
Savanna Peterson

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Jill Vanderwood
Savanna Peterson
Rebecca Kanefsky
An interview with Actor Tray Cheney
Vanessa Van Petton
Vanessa Van Petton
Eryn Gorang
Laura Damewood
Devon Green
Dallan Carter

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Lina Gassner
Debbie Hallamon
Georgina

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Savanna Peterson

Contributors

Erica Catton

Erica Catton

Erica Catton has dedicated the last 9 years to helping those struggling with drugs and alcohol. She is currently working for Narconon Arrowhead as an Executive over the promotion, marketing, and public re- lations areas. She continues to live her life every day to help others who are struggling through the ravages of drug and alcohol addiction.

Tray Chaney

Tray Chaney

Tray Chaney has been on stage as a dancer since age four. He stepped into acting with the role of "Poot" on the Peabody-winning HBO drama series, "The Wire." Tray continued with "The Wire" for five consecu- tive seasons.

As well as acting, Tray has performed on music videos and re- cently began taping his debut album.

Tray Chaney is the author of his autobiography "The Truth You Can’t BeTray", Tray has long been an advocate for reading and literacy. He has joined with a group of celebrities in the Write Stuff Literacy Cam- paign to promote reading to school-age children.

Sherry Gaba

Sherry Gaba

Sherry Gaba, LCSW, is a licensed psychotherapist and life coach. Sherry appears monthly as a guest expert on the radio show, Dr. Drew Live, and she was seen in action on VH1’s Celebrity Rehab 2 and 3. As a life coach, Sherry helped cast members make a transition on the spin-off Sober House. Sherry is currently involved with the 2111 produc- tion, Celebrity Rehab 4.

Sherry Gaba’s latest book, "The Law of Sobriety, Attracting Posi- tive Energy for a Powerful Recovery" about recovery from addictions and alcoholism, is now available through HCI publishing, SherryGaba.HCIBooks.com.


Brooks Gibbs

Brooks Gibbs

Brooks Gibbs, Youth Motivational Speaker, grew up in a dysfunc- tional family shattered by divorce and addiction. He turned his story into a tale of life transformation.

Brooks Gibbs has earned a reputation as a leading authority on the youth issues of bullying and life choices. Featured in,Teen People Magazine, Washington Post and interviewed on CBS, his inspiring per- sonal stories and helpful strategies have reached more than a million teens and counting.

For more information or to book Brooks Gibbs for your next func- tion, visit: BrooksGibbs.com.



Devon Green

Devon Green

Devon Green is the founder of Devon’s Heal the World Recy- cling, which she started when she was five years old. Her younger sister, Jessica Green, is the Vice President of Recycling. The business includes giving of her time and raising funds to help others, as well as helping the planet. in Business at Western Carolina University and plans to attend graduate school.

Eighteen-year-old Devon has completed her Bachelor’s Degree

The story of Devon’s Heal the World Recycling has been featured in newspapers and magazines around the world and in textbooks read by children in the Netherlands.

Kevin Hauschulz

Kevin Hauschulz

Kevin Hauschulz, has been in recovery for 3 years. As the lead Telephone Recovery Support Coordinator for the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery, Kevin attempts to reach out to people in recovery and provide them with recovery support services, as well as putting on trainings in many different subject areas.

Kevin has a degree in Psychology and an Associate’s Degree in Drug and Alcohol Recovery Counseling. Kevin currently is enrolled at Springfield College in their School of Social Work. Kevin hopes to attain his Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counseling Certification (LADC) in the near future.

Punyamurtula Kishore M.D., M.P.H., Medical Director

Preventive Medicine Associates, Brookline, MA

Punyamurtula Kishore M.D., M.P.H., Medical Director

Dr. Punyamurtula Kishore began his medical career as a primary care/family practice physician and then moved into a position as the Medi- cal Director of the Washingtonian Center for Addiction, the first organiza- tion in the U.S. to recognize addiction as a disease. Dr. Kishore has been a member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine since 1986 and has helped treat more than 140,000 addicts.

In 1993, Dr. Kishore founded National Library of Addictions in Brookline, Massachusetts. The Library is designed to provide a non-profit structure for addiction professionals to exchange ideas and to further the development of treatment methodologies.


Kristen Moeller, MS

Author/Coach/Speaker/Radio Show Host

Kristen Moeller, MS

After suffering for years with an eating disorder and drug addic- tion, Kristen Moeller discovered that she was always waiting for something to change. She finally realized that the change needed to come from within herself. In 2008, Kristen wrote the bestseller, "Waiting for Jack," which was picked up by a major New York Agent and has a forward written by Jack Canfield. Kristen is a radio talk show hostess, the celebrity ambassador for the National Eating Disorder Association, and works for her own non- profit organization, The Chick-a-go Foundation, providing pay-it-forward scholarships to transformational educational events. www.waitingforjack.com




Mikey Rox

Mikey Rox

Mikey Rox is an award-winning journalist/writer and the princi- pal of a media management and marketing company called Paper Rox Scissors. He is a 2003 graduate of Roanoke College, where he earned a B.A. degree in English and a minor in Spanish. His professional work has appeared in more than 100 regional, national, and international print and online publications throughout North America and Europe. Rox currently resides in New York City with his fiancé and their dog, Jaxon.

Jennifer Storm

Jennifer Storm

With degrees in Rehabilitation Services and Organizational Man- agement and a certificate of Human Resources Dispute Management and Resolution, Ms. Storm joined the Victims’ Witness Assistance Program, VWAP, as the organization’s second Executive Director. In 2002, Penn- sylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell appointed Ms. Storm as a commis- sioner to the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.

Ms. Storm is the author of two personal memoirs-"Blackout Girl: Growing Up and Drying Out in America" (Hazelden 2008) and "Leave the Light On: A Memoir of Recovery and Self-Discovery" (Central Recovery Press 2010), both which chronicle her own journey as a rape survivor and her 10-year battle with drug addiction and alcoholism.

Vanessa Van Petten

Vanessa Van Petten

Vanessa Van Petten, age 25, is the author of the parenting book "You’re Grounded!" She founded RadicalParenting.com where she gives her expertise, along with 60 teen writers, ages 12-20, to help parents and adults get an honest and open view into the world and mind of youth.

Parents learn to better understand their teenager and kids grasp the importance of social literacy to prevent bullying, cliques, and miscom- munication with their parents.

Radicalparenting.com is read by thousands of teens and parents daily, and Vanessa was chosen as one of the top 100 Bloggers to watch by Women Magazine.

Vanessa has been featured in teen magazines, newspapers and television shows giving a young perspective on awesome parenting. Van Petten is now on an international speaking tour.

Dr. Talia Witkowski

Dr. Talia Witkowski

Dr. Talia Witkowski is an addictions and eating disorder special- ist. Dr. Talia learned about these afflictions through her own suffering. She has put her expertise to work in treatment centers and private practice with people with eating disorders and addictions. She received healing without the use of diets, exercise regimes, medication, or traditional psy- chotherapy (or having to enter into a residential treatment program). Help came to her from a custom-tailored lifestyle program called "Heal Your Hunger." She is now the Marketing and Outreach Coordinator of this in- credible organization. If you have any questions, please reach out: Talia at HealYourHunger.com.

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