Positive Alternatives

By Doug Petit

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Description

Positive Alternatives is a podcast for parents and teens intended to inform, share real life stories, and initiate conversations in the family regarding underage drinking and drug use. The podcast is hosted by Doug Petit who has spoken to well over 100,000 parents and teens about the perils of poor choices when it comes to alcohol and drugs. If you are looking for someone who knows the challenges that alcohol and drugs impose on our teens, I'm that guy.

Episode Date
Positive Alternatives
28:59

Bench Trials in the DUI Courts include 5 main players. You will have the Judge, the Prosecutor, the Defense, the Arresting Officer, and the Defendant. Each plays a critical role in this process. I have seen well over 50 DUI Bench Trials in the past 18 months and each one is unique. Both sides fight hard for their client and the outcome is not always clear.

Jun 21, 2018
Positive Alternatives 5 Minute Thoughts
05:28

In this episode of 5 Minute Thoughts I share some local news stories regarding underage drinking parties that have happened nearby. Fortunately, no one suffered a tragic ending but unfortunately they did take dangerous and unnecessary chances.

 

Jun 19, 2018
Positive Alternatives
26:13

Thirteen years ago this Father's Day weekend our son did not come home. He made some poor choices which cost him what was most precious. On Friday the 15th we held a collaborative anti-underage drinking event in our area to spread awareness, teach future leaders, and to honor a boy we miss each and every day. 

Jun 16, 2018
Positive Alternatives 5 Minute Thoughts
05:51

Love is the bond that can not be broken, it is too strong for that. We are forever connected.

Jun 14, 2018
Positive Alternatives 5 Minute Thoughts
05:53

Yesterday is gone, tomorrow is what it will be. Stay in the moment and be Grateful for what you have. It's not that easy to do and it might take some work but your life will be richer if you live a life of thankfulness.

Jun 08, 2018
Positive Alternatives
27:52

Since our last episode we have given out 3 scholarships to graduating High School Seniors, given speeches to over 500 students, met with one U.S Congressman one on one, and have made significant headway on Jonathan's Garden. All in all it continues to be a retirement of passionate work.

Jun 01, 2018
Positive Alternatives 5 Minute Thoughts
05:04

Forgiveness is within each of us to use. The stress of not forgiving can cause damage to your soul and body. Even in the times of the deepest grief we will ever know; we must forgive before we can truly move forward. 

May 25, 2018
Positive Alternatives 5 Minute Thoughts
05:05

In this episode I share some quick thoughts about teen leadership. There are many teens who give us great hope for the future as they display empathic leadership that shines a light for others to follow. We are so lucky to have so many great young people in our schools and communities.

May 22, 2018
Positive Alternatives
21:19

Our choices define who we are. They define us to our family, our friends, and to whatever our destiny might be. It is best to own your choices, the good ones and the bad ones, and learn from both. Making good choices is not always easy. Making good choices can sometimes be the most difficult thing you have to do at any given moment. Even the best of us can make the wrong choices, the challenge is always....what have you learned from the choice you made.

May 16, 2018
Positive Alternatives 5 Minute Thoughts
05:29

Why do some people get addicted while others do not? Is it biological, is it weakness, is it an illness some catch while others do not? Many people drink alcohol and not al of them become alcoholics. Is this illness preventable? What can we do working together, to keep our family, our friends, and our country safe from the evil clutch of addiction? Thoughts? 

May 11, 2018
Positive Alternatives
19:46

In this episode we talk about the necessity for good and open communication between the parent and the teen. Raising young children to become good citizens and positive young adults is the true labor of love. It's the best job in the world!

May 04, 2018
Positive Alternatives 5 Minute Thoughts
05:05
May 03, 2018
Positive Alternatives 5 Minute Thoughts
04:55

Recently here in the Chicagoland area we have experienced a rash of repeat DUI offenders. In our very first 5 Minute Thought program we wonder if the problem is solely addiction, lack of care by the offender, or a broken legal system. One thing we do know for sure. Only by working together will we be able to make sure that offenders who disregard our collective safety be stopped from getting behind the wheel.

Apr 25, 2018
Positive Alternatives
23:35

Smart people can make stupid mistakes. In my part time role as Court Monitor in DUI Misdemeanor Court I see many cases come before the Judges. It's not a pleasant experience for the offender. For the Teen offender, however, it is a chance to grow from the mistake, to learn from it, and to not repeat it. Too many teens either choose to drive impaired or get in the car with someone who is driving impaired. Teens need to make the smart choices, the right choices.

Apr 18, 2018
Positive Alternatives
20:59

April is Alcohol Awareness Month. It is appropriate to raise awareness to alcohol this month as Prom Season is upon us and soon to be followed by Graduation parties. Mom and Dad have to set the expectations, provide a reasoned plan that will let their teen overcome peer pressure, and follow up to ensure the plan was effective. Faily conversations about drug and alcohol use among the teens has to be repeated. Like waves on the beach, a parent sets the expectations, then pulls back, only to have the message reinforced again. Clear, concise, with "I'm not kidding discipline". It's the ultimate labor of love.

Apr 05, 2018
Positive Alternatives
20:19

In our first episode of Positive Alternatives we discuss the reason behind the effort we are addressing underage drinking and teen drug use. It is necessary for parents and teens to have the conversation, time and again, that underage drinking and drug use are not acceptable. Family expectations must be well established within the framework of raising healthy teens. This is the true labor of love and it is our most important work; preparing for the future by making positive choices in the present.

Apr 05, 2018