To Parents Struggling with a Child’s Addiction: 3 Things I Want You to Know

Parent friendships are a funny thing. They don’t start out like other relationships, over shared interests – they start over play-dates, school activities and birthday parties, or are the result of our children’s friendships. Others are born out of shared experiences, sometimes in the most unexpected and difficult circumstances. We all know it’s futile to try to manage our children’s friendships, but, one way or another, our children are very often responsible for ours. One of those less happy ways this can happen is when we discover our children are using substances. Will people think it’s my fault? Is it my fault? What if I’m labeled a “bad mother?” But so much is to be gained from reachin

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Step into the shoes of a drunk driver with the online simulation to see the impact alcohol could have on your brain and body. Although the simulation notes statistics from Australia, we know drunk driving is a problem here in the U.S. Click the image below to learn how drinking and driving can impact your reaction time, coordination, visual function, and concentration. Source: Budget Direct; MADD

POWERTALK21: APRIL 21ST IS THE NATIONAL DAY TO TALK WITH YOUR KIDS AND TEENS ABOUT ALCOHOL.

Despite how you may feel sometimes, research shows that parents are an important influence on whether or not their children choose to drink alcohol. Kids do care about their parents' opinions. They tend to respond well to a positive parenting style. In contrast, many studies show that authoritarian, overprotective, and permissive parenting can lead to negative outcomes. The strategies recommended in MADD's Pocket Guide are compatible with the positive parenting style. To download MADD's parent handbooks to learn more about parenting styles or to take their online parenting styles quiz, visit madd.org/powerofparents.

Trump Administration awards grants to states to combat opioid crisis

HHS will administer grants totaling $485 million to all 50 states Secretary Price sends letter to governors: “Through a sustained focus on people, patients, and partnerships, I am confident that together we can turn the tide on this public health crisis." Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, M.D. today announced that HHS will soon provide $485 million in grants to help states and territories combat opioid addiction. The funding, which is the first of two rounds provided for in the 21st Century Cures Act, will be provided through the State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis Grants administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The funding

APRIL IS ALCOHOL AWARENESS MONTH

Each April since 1987, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) has sponsored Alcohol Awareness Month to increase public awareness and understanding, reduce stigma and encourage local communities to focus on alcoholism and alcohol-related issues. Alcoholism is a chronic, progressive disease, genetically predisposed and fatal if untreated. However people can and do recover. In fact, it is estimated that as many as 20 million individuals and family members are living lives in recovery! Alcohol and drug use by young people is extremely dangerous--both to themselves and to society--and is directly associated with traffic fatalities, violence, suicide, educational fail

President Trump Signs Executive Order on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis

On March 29, President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Order establishing the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis. The Commission will be chaired by Governor Chris Christie and will study ways to combat and treat the scourge of drug abuse, addiction, and the opioid crisis, which was responsible for more than 50,000 deaths in 2015 and has caused families and communities across America to endure significant pain and suffering. The Commission will work closely with the White House Office of American Innovation led by Jared Kushner. President Trump said, ”I made a promise to the American people to take action to keep drugs from pouring into our country

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