National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign
Hello from the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign. Did you know that...
One out of four
children has a parent who abuses drugs or drinks too much. Children of substance abusers are the highest risk group for future drug and alcohol dependence.
These are startling facts. Do you know what to do if a child of a substance abuser comes to you? Teachers CAN help:
DO follow through after the child asks for help. You may be the only person the child has approached.
DO make sure that the child understands three basic facts. First, he or she is not alone. Second, the child is not responsible for the problem and cannot control his or her parent's drinking or drug using. Third, the child is a valuable, worthwhile individual.
More tips for teachers are available at http://www.theantidrug.com/get_involved/learn_cosa.html.
the toll of addiction on children of substance abusers can be substantial. Teachers, by being there and listening, can help kids develop independence; learn social skills; cope with emotionally charged experiences; and develop day-to-day coping strategies.
Posters, brochures, and online materials are part of a targeted outreach effort designed to assure children of substance abusers that they are not alone, while guiding them to seek help and support. Please call 1-800-788-2800 or email email@example.com to access these free resources for teachers.
For additional information, visit http://www.freevibe.com/talking (for kids) or http://www.theantidrug.com (for adults).