Here at CCAPSA, Inc. we encourage parents/guardian/adults to talk to their kids about the dangers of substance misuse and abuse! This includes discussing topics like underage drinking, vaping/tobacco use, and prescription drug misuse. Research has shown that having these talks early and often in a child’s life increases the chances that they will not engage in these behaviors as they grow into adulthood! Contrary to the common belief, our youth do hear us and listen! Parents/guardians/adults have a significant influence over their child(ren)’s decision, and having these talks also establishes and strengthens the trust between a parent and child! It gives parents/guardian/adults the opportunity to express their disapproval of these behaviors and allows youth to have their voice or questions heard.
With that being said, we know that some of these topics can be difficult for parents to talk about or they may not know where or how to start. Therefore, we have worked to provide parents with information, resources, conversation starters, and tips to help guide these conversations! To receive these conversation prompts, you can subscribe to our text campaign by texting the word “TALK” to 85775!
In addition to this, we have also started going live on Facebook to have open, public discussions about the topics of the week! Here, we discuss experiences, opinions, and suggestions to increase awareness and supply information as it relates to substance abuse prevention and encouraging our youth to live healthy lives absent of drug use!
Check out our latest TALK Thursday discussion!
Don’t forget to join us every Thursday to participate in the discussion!