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Pretend I Don't Know Anything

Are you feeling lost on how to support a family member or friend struggling with addiction or mental health? “Pretend I Don’t Know Anything” is your guide. Hosted by Mike Jones, co-founder & Executive Director of Lighthouse Recovery Texas, this podcast equips you with the knowledge and tools to make a difference. Gain insights from expert interviews, hear inspiring stories of hope, and discover practical tips to navigate these challenges. Watch, listen, and subscribe for the support and guidance you need to empower yourself and your loved one.

Episode 1: Red Flags & Warning Signs of Substance Abuse (Part 1)

Spotting substance use disorder (SUD) in teenagers and young adults can be tricky. During this time lots of changes are occurring, and normal behavior can sometimes mimic signs of drug or alcohol abuse. The key is to look for patterns of these changes happening over a longer period, not just a single incident. It’s also important to remember that mental health struggles can cause similar symptoms. Don’t wait for academic decline or legal trouble before having an open and honest conversation with your child. There are resources available to help you navigate this challenging time together.

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Episode 2: Red Flags & Warning Signs of Substance Abuse (Part 2)

This episode dives deep into the link between mental health and substance use. We explore how young adults might use substances to cope with anxieties, and how these behaviors can escalate after leaving home. Identifying addiction in this age group can be tricky, especially when they appear to be functioning normally. We discuss key warning signs to watch for, like changes in weight, grades, and social behavior, alongside patterns of dishonesty. We also want to emphasize the importance of trusting your instincts and focusing on observable behaviors. We delve into how substance use can be a coping mechanism for underlying issues, and how dishonesty can stem from shame rather than a desire to hurt loved ones.

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