Over 12 years ago when I refocused my energy away from the corporate world to better understand what it means to grow up with cyber connectivity and the new demands on parents, one of the first things I observed was the parenting culture, the network culture and the drug culture created a perfect storm for youth drug abuse and addiction. Since then I have spent a lot of time with experts who really understand the nature of addiction and the hope of recovery, and I have had many of conversations with young people about their life stories – including youth in recovery from drug addiction.
The drug culture and teen addiction issues were the elephant in the room. Back in 2005, the meth crisis was winding down as the prescription drug epidemic surfaced to take its place and the youth were using and experiencing addiction in plain sight. As the parents of youth who were exposed with addiction issues were left with very little support and resources were scarce, the stigma reinforced young and old to ignore what was happening and keep the suffering of youth secret as long as possible. When I first put my publications on line, circa 2009, a mother from Florida contacted me because my resource was the only thing at the time that she could find to address her need to understand how to parent a teen in recovery from drug addiction.
This perfect storm for youth addiction concerned and fascinated me as I listened to youth and parent voices in cyber-powered echo chambers. The generation gap had morphed into a digital chasm. (Think: “cone of silence” on Get Smart wherein the parents are perceived as “control” and the youth are perceived as “chaos”). And so I became involved in youth substance abuse prevention and education. Since 2008, I have been a founding member of and currently serve as the Chairperson for the Coalition for Placer Youth, which has been awarded two Drug Free Community grants to promote youth substance prevention strategy in our communities in Placer County.
Today the prescription pill epidemic has been supplanted with a heroin epidemic, as heroin use among young adults ages 18 to 25 has more than doubled over the past decade. Below is the message I shared about prevention strategy informed by the hope of recovery with parents, educators, law enforcement, faith leaders and community leaders at the Coalition for Placer Youth, State of the Youth Community annual luncheon at 180 Church in Rocklin, last May 25. This is a message for every parent, because these insights about the human condition refer to the vulnerability and the resilience for self-determination that every child possesses and needs to learn how to access in a cyber-powered world that can make it seem so normal to engage in drug use to fit in and/or deal with the painful and hostile experiences of their young lives.
I have observed that mostly youth are seeking authenticity that is hard to find in the social network, and they for the most part are making good decisions. In my view, what modern youth need more than anything are parents, families and communities who are confident to witness what is happening in the young lives of our children without condemnation in our hearts and impart wisdom. To read this message, check out the feature below:
Keep medications out of the hands of youth:
We are indeed fault tolerant.
This mini-book offers fundamental thought leadership to restore parental confidence for people of all creeds and social backgrounds, in the face of the adversity we and our children are experiencing including anxiety, bullying, addictions, and sexual exploitation.
By Joanna Jullien
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Keep medications out of the hands of youth:
How the body keeps the score: Releasing trauma via brain-based research
Wednesday, July 12, 2017 – 8:30am to 10am
- Featured speaker: Lisa Larson, LMFT
- Host: Women’s Association for Addiction Treatment (WAAT)
- Location: CCAPP Offices 2400 Marconi Ave. Suite B, Sacramento, CA
Coalition for Placer Youth Leadership Retreat
July 20, 2017
Joanna will be one of the speakers on the topic of:
How to avoid social media traps
Core Connectivity 2017 – Fall Symposium
Building resilient families and communities in response to violent extremism
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Friday, September 22, 2017 –8:30am sign in/9am to 3:30pm
Sacramento, California (venue to be announced)
In Partnership with:
- Great is Thy Faithfulness/Outside the Walls Ministries in Sacramento
- Dr. Joyce Mikal-Flynn, Metahab specializing in trauma and resilience
- Mikenzie Howard, Senior Community Engagement Coordinator in Northern California, DHS Office for Community Partnerships
- Prison Families Aftercare in Auburn
Event Objective Engage professionals and faith leaders working with youth and families struggling with behavioral health issues to a unified effort to support the parent-child relationship and strengthen the role of the parent in the home in a cyber-powered world that hypes fear and anxiety.
Problem addressed The dynamics of economic, technological and demographic change create uncertainty and insecurity – a power crisis that can lead to anxiety, bullying, addictions, sexual exploitation and violent extremism. The one-to-many mass communications in the hands of youth have increased vulnerability to behavioral health issues.
Role of parent/Family Culture in building resilience to radicalization of youth Countering violent extremism in the social network and in the flesh.
Trauma-informed leadership at home and in the community.
Youth, Interfaith and Law enforcement
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Fresh Start Families: Raising kids to be smarter than the devices
Core Connectivity offers Fresh Start Family Culture training to help parents exercise control over the home in ways that builds trust so as to instill discipline and empower family members. To book an event at your school or church, contact Joanna
Fresh Start Family – Two 90-minutes sessions. To take an assessment and discuss whether this will meet your family need, contact Joanna
We certify Educators, Counselors and Therapists to integrate Fresh Start family culture principles into their practice
Schedule an appointment to discuss Fresh Start Certification for your practice: contact Joanna
About: We are a non-profit education center founded in Roseville, CA to strengthen the parent-child bond in a hyper-connected world. Our mission is to restore families with the mustard seed of faith that declares liberty already belongs to the soul because one God, the Creator of all humanity, grants every human being intelligence and free will to choose what to believe, and that is power that can never be taken, but is easily surrendered to the bully, the drug or the device. To that end, ten percent of all proceeds are donated to prison ministries. Your donations are greatly appreciated. (Donations are payable to Banana Moments Foundation).
Joanna Jullien, Founder & CEO of Core Connectivity
Photo by: Victoria Hatch
Joanna Jullien is an author, educator and consultant on strengthening the parent-child relationship in a cyber-powered world. She is a former technology executive trained in behavioral science at U.C. Berkeley, a mother of two grown sons, and an author of books for practical guidance on parenting, growing up and family life in the network culture. As a family and technology culture advisor, Joanna has appeared on 103.9FM The Fish, 710AM Keeping Faith in America, 1380AM The Answer, and Examiner.com.