Start Making the Difference.
Parenting can be complicated and full of challenges. And it doesn’t come with an instruction manual. But positive parenting skills, like any other skills, are something that can be taught, learned, and practiced.
In the midst of a global pandemic, it’s more important than ever to utilize any resources that are designed to help you strengthen your parenting skillsets.
Research shows well-trained parents help youth avoid substance use disorder and have better life outcomes.
Please download and utilize our free “Start Making the Difference” materials in your environment and programming:
- Digital Ads for the Web and Social Media (zipped folder with 8 sizes and formats)
- Video PSA’s Download from our Downloadable Media page. If you need custom, please fill out our Media Request Form
- Outdoor Billboards (Because of the many variables with outdoor advertising formats, you will need to fill out the Media Request Form and order these for your project)
- 8.5×11″ Flyers for local printing (Download from our Downloadable Media page. Multiple designs and layout formats available with room for local branding.)
- 11×17″ Posters for local printing (Download from our Downloadable Media page. Multiple designs and layout formats available with room for local branding.)
- There are endless custom options that can feature thee messaging themes. For any other custom materials, please complete our Media Request Form and someone will get back to you ASAP.
Who are the “Difference Makers” in our lives?
Sometimes we are well aware of those who have made an impact and other times it might be a subtle suggestion or friendly act that can change things in a dramatic way. The following stories will highlight some “difference makers” and the list below can inspire you to use your own power to make the difference by preventing drug misuse or helping others impacted by addiction.
Talk About Addiction as a Disease.
It is scientifically accurate and helps reduce the stigma and blame often directed at people who are struggling with a substance use disorder.
Connect with Families Who Are Impacted by Addiction.
Communicate your support. Show you care in a respectful, non-judgmental way to boost a family’s sense of hope and confidence.
Be There for the Adolescent in Your Life.
Positive interaction with the young people in your life can help them avoid substance use early in life and protect them from addiction.
Support Evidence-based Prevention Programs.
There are programs in your community that help build strong kids who make good decisions and avoid risky behaviors. Some include: Life Skills, Bid Brothers and Big Sisters, and Strengthening Families Program.
Try to Create a Recovery-Friendly Workplace.
Advocate for proven strategies to make your workplace supportive to individuals in recovery.
Be Supportive of All Paths to Recovery.
Addiction treatment isn’t one-size-fits-all. Individuals need to find what works best for them.
Be Conscientious About Old Medication.
Dispose of medication safely to avoid misuse or overdose. Encourage your family and friends to do the same.