Parent Talk: Substance Use and Relationships

All parents are invited to this special guest session:

As part of our ongoing commitment to prevention and wellness, we have invited prevention specialists from Freedom from Chemical Dependency Prevention Works to join our community this week. A part of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, FCD is a non-profit organisation that provides substance abuse prevention services for schools. Since 1976, they have taught over a million students of all ages. Their mission is to:

  • Encourage and support the non-use of alcohol and other illegal or illicit drugs during the growing years.
  • Empower young people to make healthy, responsible choices regarding alcohol and other drug use
  • Teach students and adults how to recognize the early warning signs of substance abuse and to intervene appropriately
  • Educate students, parents, teachers, and administrators on the physiological and psychological effects of alcohol and other drugs
  • Promote awareness of drug addiction, including alcoholism, as a progressive, chronic, and often fatal disease
  • Provide educational communities with the guidance and training necessary to implement comprehensive, effective approaches to substance abuse prevention.

FCD prevention specialists are highly trained professionals who have achieved healthy recovery from alcohol or other drug addictions. This unique perspective enhances the credibility of their message and provides students with role models for happy, healthy, drug-free living. The FCD prevention specialist will also present a parent workshop to HS Parents on Wednesday at the HS Parent Let’s Chat starting at 8.30 in the Community Room.

The use of alcohol and other drugs affects virtually all of a teen’s relationships: to parents, siblings, and friends; school, work, and play; mind, mood, and body; conscience, confidence, and integrity; to how they perceive their past and their future, and to their emotional, intellectual, and spiritual lives. This construct offers a provocative entry point for discussing the impact of use on the growing adolescent.

These programmes present a perfect opportunity for discussing alcohol and other drug-related issues with your children. Parental involvement is crucial to our efforts to reduce the risks teenagers face. We want our students to hear from both school and home that we are concerned about alcohol, nicotine, and other drug use by adolescents, and that we are committed to keeping our children safe.