FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 20, 2017
It’s Time to Talk!
Empowering parents to start the conversation with their children about drugs & alcohol
Reading, PA: “Parents are the first line of defense in the prevention of young adult drug and alcohol use,” says Alicia Kline, Prevention Specialist at the Council on Chemical Abuse, “Teaching our children about the dangers of drug and alcohol is more than having ‘the talk’ but rather engaging our children in a continual conversation that develops alongside them.”
The Time to Talk parent program was developed last year and has gained momentum over the last few months as requests for the program have increased. Time to Talk provides parents with the knowledge and the skills necessary to start this growing conversation about drugs and alcohol. The program was specifically designed for parents of children of all ages, elementary through college.
“This is not about us telling parents how to parent, this is about encouraging parents to start talking about drugs and alcohol – and to share with them some tools they can use to do that,” says Kline. Prevention experts discuss how and when to start the conversation with your child about drugs and alcohol, adding to what they call the parent “tool box.” Topics during this presentation include the following:
- Conversation tips/starters
- How to Listen
- Age-tailored situations
- When children are at higher risk for use
- Warning signs of us
“You don’t need to be a parent to be an influence and to attend and to benefit from this program,” said Jaclyn Steed, Prevention Manager with the Council on Chemical Abuse. Other “adults of influence” are also invited, including teachers, coaches, grandparents, aunts/uncles, mentors, and any others who want to learn more about talking with the children in their life about drugs and alcohol.
Come Monday, March 27, 2017, from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. for Time to Talk at Saint Andrew United Methodist Church, located at 611 Swamp Creek Road, Bechtelsville, PA. This event is free and open to the public. Child care will be provided. CLICK HERE to see the event flyer.
To learn more about the Council on Chemical Abuse and Time to Talk, please visit www.cocaberks.org/timetotalk.html.