Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment Centers Support Red Ribbon Week with Free Family Guides

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During Red Ribbon Week, Oct. 23 to 31, Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment Centers will distribute free Family Guides on how parents can help keep their kids drug free.

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“Most parents are already aware they should be talking to their children about the risks of drug and alcohol use, but they might be unsure of how to handle such a topic,” - Lori Dammermann, Executive Director, Gateway Carbondale

In support of Red Ribbon Week’s drug awareness campaign, Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment Centers will distribute red ribbons and free Family Guides on how parents can talk to their kids about drugs and alcohol.

The goal of Red Ribbon Week is to promote drug awareness among parents and teens to keep young people drug free. Children whose parents regularly talk to them about drugs and are 42 percent less likely to use them, according to the Red Ribbon campaign, yet only a quarter of teens report having these conversations.

“Most parents are already aware they should be talking to their children about the risks of drug and alcohol use, but they might be unsure of how to handle such a topic,” said Lori Dammermann, Executive Director of Gateway’s Carbondale center. “The Family Guide offers advice on how parents can initiate and maintain an ongoing conversation with their kids to help keep them drug free.”

The guides will be distributed in schools and other public places throughout Illinois. They cover such topics as talking to your children about drugs and alcohol, understanding substance abuse, information on drug treatment and signs of potential trouble that parents should watch out for.

The ribbons declare this year’s theme for Red Ribbon Week: “Respect Yourself. Be Drug Free.”

Information is also available on the “Getting Help” section of the Gateway website at RecoverGateway.org. This includes the Family Guide, drug treatment options and how families can cope with a loved one who needs help.

The Red Ribbon Campaign, begun in 1985, is an effort by the National Family Partnership to promote drug prevention, education and advocacy.

Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment Centers offer a comprehensive approach to drug rehab. With facilities throughout the state, including Lake County, Chicago, St. Louis Metro East, and Carbondale, its staff creates personalized treatment plans for each client, one that treats the underlying causes of substance abuse—not just their addiction to drugs or alcohol.

Services include substance-abuse education, group and individual counseling, medical treatment of withdrawal symptoms and integrated therapy for underlying mental health concerns. Gateway also provides family counseling and education, relapse prevention and aftercare recovery support programs for teens and adults.

Reporters and Editors, for more information, please call Kymberly Vasey, Director of Marketing, at (630) 776-5725.

About Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment Centers
Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment Centers provide substance abuse treatment services for teens and adults at drug treatment centers throughout Illinois and the St. Louis Metro East area. Gateway's outpatient and inpatient treatment centers are licensed by the state of Illinois and accredited by The Joint Commission. Each year, Gateway's professional clinicians help thousands of individual's successfully complete treatment. Learn more about Gateway's free, confidential consultation, call (800) 971-4673.

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