Narconon Arrowhead is aware of the vital role drug prevention education plays in leadership parenting and raising healthy families in the home and in the community.
Canadian, Oklahoma (PRWEB) February 13, 2015
National Parent Leadership Month is celebrated in February each year. Sponsored by Parents Anonymous, Inc., an organization supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it recognizes the important role parents have in raising healthy families at home, and in their communities.
National Parent Leadership Month
Throughout the month of February, events held across the U.S. educate and raise awareness on ways parents, grandparents, foster parents and others who are parenting can take an active leadership role. Its focus is on fostering positive child behavior and preventing childhood injuries.
The CDC reports that each year, hundreds of thousands of U.S. children and youth are at high risk for injuries. A percentage of these injuries stem from neglect and child abuse, and can lead to disability—or death.
According to data collected from agencies involved with state child protective services, children experiencing maltreatment are at an increased risk of experiencing adverse behaviors as adults. Drug abuse, smoking, alcoholism, depression, obesity, multiple sex partners, and suicide were some of behaviors cited.
Collected data revealed these maltreated children were also at a higher risk of developing certain chronic diseases as adults. Heart disease and diabetes were diseases cited.
The CDC notes that National Parent Leadership Month is a time set-aside for parents, grandparents, teachers, community leaders, health-care providers and others to become informed on effective childhood abuse and neglect prevention strategies.
Drug Prevention in the Family
Narconon Arrowhead is a long-term drug rehabilitation and education center in Southeastern Oklahoma. The center knows the vital role parents play in fostering healthy and drug-free children and youth, and their influence on preventing future drug and alcohol use and abuse.
In recognition and support of National Parent Leadership Month, Narconon Arrowhead shares the following family drug prevention tips with parents and families everywhere.
- Learn the facts regarding drugs and alcohol, and the risk and dangers of their use and abuse.
- Share prevention information with children, teens and other family members.
- Speak about drugs and alcohol honestly and openly in the family. Never minimize the risks or consequences of using them.
- Make sure the children and teenagers in the family know you want them to say “no” to drugs or alcohol.
- Make sure the children and teenagers in every family are aware of peer pressure and its influence—what it is and how to deal with it.
- Discuss with children and teenagers that they will be faced with “trying out” drugs and alcohol. Teach kids and teens how to say “no.”
- Difficulty with studies or at school requires action. Make sure children and teenagers get the attention, help, and /or tutoring necessary to overcome study or school difficulties.
- Set a good example as a parent and family member. Do not use harmful drugs. With alcohol use, be temperate.
- If someone is struggling to overcome substance abuse or dependency, get help. If there are no resources available, contact Narconon Arrowhead for assistance.
Narconon Arrowhead provides online drug prevention education materials and resources to help parents, teachers, educators, community leaders and other interested or concerned individuals learn the facts about drugs, drug use and abuse, and things that can be done to help keep children, youth and families safer and drug-free.
For more information go to http://www.narcononarrowhead.org or call 800-468-6933.