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Kids Against Drugs Family Network, LLC
Saving Families with Family Discussions
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It’s Time for Families to step up!
From my studies and observations coupled with 35 years of life experiences and training, I have come to the following conclusion: “All the wars, armies, terrorists and wicked government leaders combined don’t do half the damage to society that recreational and addictive drug use does.” (Michael J Meredith – May, 2013)
Drug abuse affects everyone. 90% or more of the homes in the world are affected by drug use and addiction in one way or another. Somebody knows somebody who is addicted in one way or another. Someone knows a relative who is involved, someone else is involved with it themselves, their kids, and their parents. The list goes on and on and out in every direction. Recently, (April, 2014) prescription drug abuse reached epidemic status. “The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that more people die from prescription painkillers than from heroin or cocaine, and that one person is dying every 19 minutes in the United States due to this issue”.
Parents can arm and prepare their children concerning drug issues by talking with and teaching them the truth about drugs. Aside from the extreme high on the first use and the excitement of using drugs, this includes the risks, hazards and side effects of drug use. Parents have to understand the reality of the long-term effect of drugs on themselves, their own children, on extended family and including their circle of friends.
Kids must realize and understand that this flippant personal use has serious long-term consequences on themselves and all the people around them. How many times have you told your child to pick up the dirty clothes, clean your room, brush your teeth, take out the trash, or other such daily chores? Kids need to be reminded about such things every day, sometimes several times every day. We suggest you remind them often and set the example to live drug-free. How many times have you told him or her not to use drugs? I venture not enough. Don’t you think it’s better to discuss this with them in an organized quiet discussion instead of just telling them not too? Frequent, scripted, logical discussions and wholesome activites work. Kids learn to say no for good reasons they can believe in.
Parents have great influence on their child if they know how to use it in correct, powerful ways. Here at Kids Against Drugs Family Network we are busy preparing materials for parents to use in discussions with their children. Our first module is based on the various areas of recreational and prescription drug use and abuse, coupled with addiction treatment and support. In addition we are developing a few planned additional modules which are also based on related family subjects and issues that need ongoing discussions to encourage and manage family relationships over these important topics.
This web site is the home of our whole program and will feature this and future modules and future products such as books, posters, T-Shirts, stickers, etc., as they are developed. We call this unique educational program the “Family Action Talking System” (FACTS). Be sure to look through our site, learn about our programs, subscribe to our Blog and become a member of our Boosters Club. You’ll find the links to each of these pages above in the Header.