On Saturday, CASA of CGS posted an alarming statistic to our Facebook page:
• Children whose parents abuse alcohol and other drugs are three times more likely to be abused and more than four times more likely to be neglected than children from non-abusing families.
While research has proven this to be true, what we need to ask ourselves is “What can be done about it?”
One group of individuals in North Jersey have the right idea. They implemented a program through ADAPT (Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team) to encourage and acknowledge parents and children who are positive role models for their community. As part of this initiative, participants sign the “Excellent Family Pledge” and by doing so, agree to be a model citizen in their community.
Parents and Children Join ADAPT in Pledge to be Positive, Drug-Free Role Models in their Community
The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team (ADAPT) announced the launch of a countywide initiative to acknowledge parents and children who are positive role models in their community. Parents and children from various cities in Essex County, including Newark, Orange, West Orange, and Cedar Grove, joined ADAPT at the Family Success Center of Orange to sign the “Excellent Family Pledge” and agree to be a model citizen in their local community.
As part of the “Excellent Family Pledge,” parents agree to have honest conversations with their children, provide support (i.e., emotional, motivational), and give clear rules/expectations related to drug and alcohol use. In addition, the children agree to have honest conversations with their parents and be a positive role model to other children by living a drug- and alcohol-free lifestyle.
“This pledge shows the commitment of parents to provide a supportive environment for their children to succeed. We believe this environment will help children live a healthy lifestyle free of drugs or alcohol,” said Joel Torres, ADAPT’s Coordinator.”
We need more programs like this. Family values, communication, support and expectations are all imperative ingredients for a successful future. Talk to your children about drugs and alcohol. Explain how detrimental the effects are not only to their bodies, but to their future as well. If you’re a parent with a drug or alcohol problem, please get the help you need. You’re bettering not only yourself, but your children’s lifestyles and the lifestyles of those around you.
For help in New Jersey, visit the state website featuring treatment services that are offered to residents.
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