UPCOMING EVENTS & OPPORTUNITIES
Red Ribbon Week is the nation’s largest and longest-running drug-use prevention campaign. It takes place in towns and cities across our country each year from October 23rd through October 31st.
This year the theme is Celebrate Life. Live Drug Free.™ Created by Emily King, Chelsea Abbott, and Celise Wicker, 7th graders at Wayland-Cohocton Middle School in Wayland, New York, the theme is a reminder that everyday Americans across the country make significant daily contributions to their communities by being the best they can be because they live Drug-Free!
Every 15 Minutes, May 23 & 24: A two day program for high school Juniors and Seniors to teach them the harsh reality of drinking and driving crashes. This is a very impactful program that carries a strong message to all participants and observers.
To support those struggling with alcohol abuse who want to live an alcohol-free life, the resources below aim at providing the information and help they may need:
- Alcoholism: List of Symptoms and Signs of Alcohol Abuse can help you to identify the signs & symptoms to look out for if you or a loved one is struggling with alcohol abuse.
- Benefits of Quitting Alcohol and How to Stop Drinking discusses the range of health benefits associated with quitting alcohol and helpful tips to help you stop drinking.
- Alcohol Abuse & Addiction Hotlines provides information on what an alcohol addiction hotline is, when you should call a helpline, and lists free national helplines.
If you’re looking for detox centers in New Jersey, this free online directory can help individuals find a facility that will suit their needs.
SITES FOR PARENTS
Alcohol Policy MD – This website is dedicated to promoting physician and community action on alcohol and health. They envision a world where underage alcohol use will be eliminated, and all people will be protected from the negative consequences of alcohol consumption, promotion and distribution. Do I hear an Amen?
Prevention Links – Prevention Links is a private, not-for-profit organization, which takes a leadership role in the prevention of alcohol, tobacco, substance abuse and related issues. The goal of Prevention Links is to provide an array of information in substance prevention issues, from pre-K through senior citizens. This is achieved by providing programs and services linking individuals, groups, businesses and communities in Union County, New Jersey.
Stop Underage Drinking!– The StopAlcoholAbuse.Gov Web site is a comprehensive portal of Federal resources for information on underage drinking and ideas for combating this issue. People interested in underage drinking prevention, including parents, educators, community-based organizations, and youth, will find a wealth of valuable information here.
The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence – NJ – The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) – New Jersey promotes the prevention and treatment of, and recovery from, alcoholism and drug addiction through advocacy and education. They support the recovery of alcoholics, drug addicted individuals and their families and work to reduce the stigma surrounding the diseases of alcoholism and drug addiction.
SITES FOR KIDS AND TEENAGERS
Students Against Destructive Decisions – Founded as Students Against Driving Drunk in 1981, SADD has grown to become the nation’s dominant peer-to-peer youth prevention organization with thousands of chapters in middle schools, high schools and colleges. In 1997, in response to requests from SADD students themselves, SADD expanded its mission and name, and now sponsors chapters called Students Against Destructive Decisions. SADD’s mission simply stated is to provide students with the best prevention and intervention tools possible to deal with the issues of underage drinking, other drug use, impaired driving and other destructive decisions.
TARGETED FOR GIRLS
Girlie Drinks – Women’s Diseases– This article contains a wealth of statistical data on teenage drinking among young girls, specifically examining the effect of the alcopops, alcoholic beverages marketed as a soft drink and targeted to the youth market.
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