Common signs of drug or alcohol use

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Common signs of drug or alcohol use

One of the things with drugs and alcohol for teenagers is this ability to recognize the irregularities of what they’re doing and their normal habits. One of the things I have noticed is that – not that this should be the only sign – but sometimes, they want the hair over their face. It’s just one of those things and because the have the hair over their face, it doesn’t mean they are on drugs or alcohol. I think trying to get to know their friends at a very important level becomes a big deal. Knowing their friends’ parents is a big deal, because they’re not going to tell you those things. You might have a teacher call you and tell you, “Hey, your son is sleeping in class all the time.” Well, that’s not the only sign that they’re on drugs or alcohol. However, if some days he’s great, some days he’s not, some days he’s here, some days he’s not really here, I said, then that becomes a sign for question. We don’t want to stick our heads in the sand and say, “Hey, there’s no problem here.” Because by the time we figure it out, it will be too late. So my recommendation would be to really look at what he’s doing at a normal basis. Is he skipping practices? Does he go to practices? Because the kid stays up late doesn’t mean they’re on drugs, but it could be another sign of it. There is a lot of signs and symptoms but it’s just a matter of being diligent about watching your child and where they’re at in their lives.

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Rob Kodama

Director of Admissions & Marketing, Crespi Carmelite High School

Mr. Kodama has been a Certified Gurian Trainer since 2007. He is the Director of Admissions, Marketing, and Public Relations at Crespi Carmelite High School. He is also the head soccer coach and the Director of K-sports Soccer Camps. He has been involved in the educational field since 1991.  In his role as the Director of Admissions he has increased enrollment at Crespi Carmelite High School nearly 20% within his first five years. He has taught a revolutionary course called ”Becoming a Man” to seniors at Crespi Carmelite High School for the past eight years. In this innovative class, he challenges his students to look at what it truly means to become a man in our society. He explores what their roles are as sons, brothers, fathers, husbands, and mentors. He has presented this class at the Gurian Institute in Colorado Springs. He has served as the social studies department chair, and taught World Cultural Geography, US History, AP Macroeconomics, Micro Economics, and World History.

As a certified trainer and teacher, Mr. Kodama brings a wide variety of experience working with children, parents, students, and athletes. He has been training parents and schools about how boys and girls learn differently and how to help them succeed in school since 2007. He was recently the Keynote Speaker at Pierce College in Woodland Hills for the Early Childhood Development program. He has presented numerous times at The Gurian Summer Institute in Colorado Springs, and has worked with the following schools: Berkeley School, Crossroads Christian, Serra High School, Encino Presbyterian Children’s Center, St. Mel’s School, Kirk of the Valley School, Laurel Hall, Weekday Preschool, Young Oak Kim Academy, Our Lady of Malibu, Palma High School, and Army Navy Academy.

As a coach, he has worked with both boys and girls as young as four, through college. He has been running soccer camps, clinics, and coaching for over 20 years throughout the Los Angeles area. Many of his players have gone on to play at advanced levels of soccer.

He grew up in the San Fernando Valley. He is the youngest of five siblings, and is married and has a seven year-old son and six year-old daughter.

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