One of the hardest topic to broach with my teen is about drugs and alcohol abuse. I’m not talking about the usual “Just Say No!”, but beyond the “it’s bad for you” and the “it can kill you” warnings that can be thrown out there so easily. I want to be able to give true accounts of what drugs and alcohol can really do to your soul. Your deep emotions. That’s the hardest part for me to explain as a parent because I simply don’t know.
The #InMyShoes will be exhibiting art works by teen patients as a way to tell their stories. They will also be featuring activities and presentations in hopes to raise awareness about substance abuse and prevention. An exhibit like this is valuable to parents of teens like myself. This is one reason I am happy to attend and participate and I hope that you will join me. Jennifer Thannavong, an art therapist will also be onside during the community open house on Saturday, January 31st.
WHAT: Rosecrance, a not-for-profit organization and leading national provider of substance abuse treatment for teens, adults and families, recently launched “In My Shoes,” an art exhibit created to help parents understand teenagers’ points of view about the pressures they face and how they are confronted with the potential to use and abuse substances.
WHERE: Robert Crown Center, 21 Salt Creek Ln, Hinsdale, IL 60521 (SEE MAP)
WHEN: Monday, Jan. 26 – Friday, Feb. 6, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Open house: Jan. 31, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Also, after an insightful #InMyShoes Twitter Chat on Teen & Substance Abuse, I had to share a couple of tweets below that made me feel even more strongly about why we should continue this awareness.
“Substance Abuse is an equal opportunity disease. Every teen is vulnerable”
“According @TeenAddictionMD In past 15 yrs # overdose deaths are directly correlated to # of RXs written”
“Regular family dinners are one of the most important prevention tools for substance use.”
Did it surprise you? Want to learn more? I’d like to share this free parents guide offered by Rosecrance. I hope that you will share this with other parents as well.