On my recently completed five week trek across the country, I learned two things about the addiction challenge in our communities:
- Be involved: Whether your child is “perfect” or not, search out and become actively engaged in learning more about abuse related issues in your community. Attend these sessions so you can become a knowledgeable and passionate resource for your family and your community.
- Get engaged: Learn to talk about the issue with other parents. Share with them your fears, your concerns, your rules, and your commitment to help them protect all the children in the community. Be open to discovering ways to proactively protect your community from this threat and enroll other parents in the program.
- Open your heart and your mind: So many parents suffer in silence because they don’t know who to talk to or where to go to find help. If you are one of the fortunate ones who doesn’t belong to the club of parents in pain, it doesn’t mean you cannot help those parents who are members of this club out. It does mean you will need to learn more about this problem, this issue, and how you can support and love those who are hurting or suffering. Remember, it could be you someday!
- Look inward: What roles are you modeling? Are you the parent that leans on medication, pills, or alcohol to feel better? Challenge yourself to look at your habits, behaviors, and dependencies. Your willingness to examine and change your habits may be enough of a call to action to influence a different outcome with someone in your family.
The Hope Inoculation does not work! Hope is not an agent of change! Be involved, get engaged, be open and receptive, and challenge yourself. This is a life and death battle in our communities and the best weapon is a informed, involved and committed parent.
I am starting a parents’ outreach program here in the Phoenix Area. If you are interested in joining me, learning more, and becoming involved contact me. I could really use your help and would love to be of service to those who need my help. CONTACT ME!