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Posted By iamincontrol | November 7, 2013
So you may have heard of this site, www.abovetheinfluence.com, but have you actually used it?
Here’s a preview of why we love it…
It’s not just about an adult telling you what to do (or not do). Above the Influence is about other teens sharing their experiences with you and sharing why they choose to remain substance free. Check out their YouTube channel to watch stories from other teens, like this one:
Posted By iamincontrol | September 10, 2013
Most teenagers have opened up a magazine and thought, “Why don’t I look like these models? How can I change myself to be more like them?” A model’s life looks so glamorous. But underneath, is that really the case?
Recently, a supermodel that was popular in the 80s and 90s opened up to talk about how unhealthy her lifestyle had been in the modeling industry. After reading through some old letters from fans asking how she stayed so skinny and beautiful, Carré Otis had the courage to open up and reveal what really went on back then.
One excerpt from the article sums up her lifestyle:
So what was the truth behind Otis’s stunning figure? Vomiting, starving and drugs, she writes. Behind her sexy, flirty happiness? It was all a performance, constructed to cover up the traumas of sexual abuse, including repeated rapes by an agent. Behind her flawless skin and lush hair? Airbrushing and hair extensions, to disguise what starvation, dehydration and lack of sleep wrought.
Posted By iamincontrol | August 8, 2013
Did you know, seven out of ten people say they talk to their car and seven out of ten teens say studying is their number one stress?
Also, did you know, seven out of ten eleventh graders in Iowa do NOT drink alcohol?
We often hear the phrase “everybody is doing it,” when in reality, everybody is not doing it! According to the Iowa Youth Survey, 74% of juniors in high school reported that they did not drink alcohol in the past 30 days and 96% reported not binge drinking in the past 30 days (that’s 5 or more drinks in a row). The research shows us that the majority of high school and middle school students do not consume alcohol.
So why do we hear people talking about it at school, in the halls or on social media? There are a few different reasons for that. Some people may say they do things that they aren’t doing just to sound cool or fit in with a group. Stories about parties are often much more dramatic and get talked about more often than the stories of people hanging out watching a movie or going to a basketball game. Because of this it may seem like everybody was at the party, when in fact they were not. We also have to look at our circle of friends. Just because somebody in our circle is doing something, doesn’t mean everyone is doing it.
There are millions of teen who choose not to drink alcohol or use drugs. Visit http://abovetheinfluence.com/truestories to hear about some of them.
You are in control of your choices.
Posted By iamincontrol | July 18, 2013
Summer is the BEST. No school, extra time with your friends, and extra time to do fun things outside. With all this fun you’re having, remember to practice safe summer habits so you can keep having fun. IAMincontrol has 5 important safety tips to share with you.
Top 5 Summer Safety Tips
- Protect against the sun. Make sure you wear sunscreen before you go outside, and be sure to reapply every couple hours. Even if it looks cloudy out, you could still get a sunburn. (You may feel pale now, but your skin will thank you later when it isn’t all wrinkly.) For more sun safety tips, read this article from DoSomething.org.
- Swim smart. Never swim alone, and never swim in flooded or fast-moving water. Always make sure there is a lifeguard on duty wherever you are. Even if you know you’re a great swimmer, unexpected things can happen.
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Posted By iamincontrol | March 7, 2013
IAMincontrol wants to let you know there’s a new site about teen drinking called www.WhatDoYouThrowAway.org. What Do You Throw Away was created to address the problem of underage drinking in Iowa. Surveys show that it’s the number one drug abused by teens statewide, so this site is here to give you the real truth about how dangerous it can be.
Here are some things you can do when you check out this cool new resource:
- Share your stories about drinking and tell other teens why you choose to be alcohol-free.
- Make your own bottle cap to illustrate what you personally throw away when you drink. Here’s mine – throwing away the trust from my parents:
- Get help – What Do You Throw Away has the name and phone number of every treatment or prevention center in Iowa.
- Take a quiz to test your knowledge about underage drinking.
Think about what you will be throwing away before you drink. Remember that you are in control of your actions, and you can choose to stay sober.
Posted By iamincontrol | November 15, 2012
34% of Iowa high school students have never had a drink of alcohol.
61% of Iowa high school students have never smoked a cigarette.
83% of Iowa high school students have never taken a prescription drug without a doctor’s prescription.
These numbers show that many Iowa teens are making healthy decisions about substance abuse. But what about those teens who are using alcohol, tobacco, or drugs?
Posted By iamincontrol | November 15, 2012
You may think you know everything about alcohol already, but here are a few things that might surprise you:
- Sometimes it seems like every teenager is drinking, but this isn’t really the case. In fact, in Iowa, only 37% of high school students had a drink in the last 30 days. That means that 63% of Iowa high school students haven’t consumed any alcohol in the last 30 days.
- Over half of U.S. teens who start drinking before age 14 will be addicted to alcohol at some point in their life. Only 9% of people who wait to drink until age 21 or later will be addicted to alcohol at some point.
- Drunk driving kills about 4,000 teens every year – on average, 158 of those deaths are in Iowa. If you have been drinking, don’t drive after. If you are thinking about riding with someone who has been drinking, think again. Call a friend, a parent, or another trusted adult for a ride home. Read More