As someone who has a passion for establishing open communication about the adult issues impacting the lives of youth and families, I want to share a community’s hopeful response to the opioid epidemic which has touched every family and community in some way.

Last Wednesday I attended a community training on opioid use, addiction and the lifesaving antidote to opioid overdose: naloxone. The event was organized by my friend Shelley Rogers, CCPS, ICPS, Coalition Program Director at Community Recovery Resources. She heads up the Coalition for Auburn and Lincoln Youth (CALY), a youth substance abuse prevention strategy program associated with the Raising Placer collaborative for resilient and healthy youth. The aim of this event is to educate the public about the strategy for curtailing the devastating impact opioid addiction epidemic has on families and communities.

From a public health perspective substance addiction is best understood as a medical condition, like cancer or diabetes and Placer County has embraced a life-saving strategy that responds to drug addiction with medical assistance. Three main initiatives featured in the public health response to opioid addiction include 1) the use of Medication Assisted Treatment for opioid addiction (which involves behavioral therapy and medications to treat addiction disorders), 2) equipping our community with naloxone to revive individuals who have overdosed, and 3) offering guidance to the medical community that includes issuing a prescription of naloxone with every prescription of opioids. The aim is to keep hope alive for those who are in treatment and prevent death in the event of an overdose.



The U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Jerome Adams, issued a public health advisory on Thursday urging more Americans to carry and learn to use the opioid overdose-reversing drug naloxone.

The U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Jerome Adams, issued a public health advisory earlier this year urging more Americans to carry and learn to use the opioid overdose-reversing drug naloxone. And consider this. Young people are not the only ones at risk. In a 60 Minutes special last Sunday on the opioid epidemic, it was reported that in Utah, it is a 50-year old woman who is most likely to die from an overdose.

For the typical family, below are some safety measures you can take:

  • If you or a loved one is prescribed opioids, be sure to follow prescription directions and lock up the medication. Keep medications out of the hands of youth: Check out: SaferLock
  • If your doctor prescribes an opioid, request a prescription for naloxone and keep it handy in the event of an overdose.
  • According to health officials, the naloxone is safe. You cannot overdose with it and if it is administered to someone who is not using an opioid, it is not harmful.
  • If you suspect a loved one is addicted to opioids, listen to your gut. Consult with an addiction treatment expert to learn more. Contact me for a list of local service providers.
  • To learn more about having conversations with youth about drug and alcohol use in their peer communities, go to Raising Placer.

(Disclosure: I currently serve as the chair of the Coalition for Placer Youth, Rocklin, and am a founding member of the Coalition for Placer Youth which has grown into Raising Placer).


How the sciences of addiction, recovery and faith inform prevention strategy


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Date: Sun., December 9, 2018

Time: 2-4pm

Location: Parkside Church, Auburn

Workshop: Setting boundaries with apps and devices at home

Trainer: Joanna Jullien

RSVP: Pastor Clay Rojas

Fee: $35 per attendee/parent couple. Make checks payable to Parkside Church with “workshop” in the memo. Training manual and lunch are provided.

Here is the link to download the flyer (PDF)


Date: Wed. December 12, 2018, 10 am to noon

Sacramento Chapter, Women’s Association for Addiction Treatment

Holiday Event, Sacramento



Host an event at your home, church, business or school

Preparing parents to deal with the extreme influence of social media on young hearts and minds

Core Connectivity offers Fresh Start Family Culture training to help parents exercise control over the home, regulate use of technology and empower family members. To book an event at your office, school or church, contact Joanna (be sure to include your return email address) or 916-521-7203


Parenting and Family Life Coaching/Training

Fresh Start Family – Two 90-minutes sessions with Joanna. Learn about the tools to give you control over the things you can control.

  • Want to argue less and experience more peace in your family relationships?
  • Wondering if your child is ready for his or her first smartphone?
  • Is cyberbullying terrorizing your child/tween/teen?
  • You suspect or have caught your teen using drugs and/or alcohol. Now what?
  • Get your family to put down the devices and have face-to-face conversations
  • Has internet porn invaded your home?

To learn more, contact Joanna (be sure to include your return email address) or 916-521-7203

Worried about how social media influences your child? Then focus on the things you can control



Book an event for your education, counseling practice or agency providing resources to youth and families. Topics include:

  • How the sciences of addiction, recovery and faith inform effective prevention strategy
  • A parent’s guide for healing a suffering child
  • Embracing “the addict” as an agent for positive change in the family
  • Keeping tabs on your family’s social media hangouts
  • Cyberbullying & radicalization of youth into violent ideologies
  • Talking about drugs and drug abuse in social media
  • Family-safe conversations about internet porn and sexting

Learn more about Joanna



Discipline, not perfection: On being an imperfect parent with imperfect kids

When cyber connectivity hypes everything and inspires anxiety, what will you focus on?


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The Role of a Parent in Healing a Suffering Child:

Insights on the Power of Love and Suffering in the Family

This book offers specific strategic thinking and exercises to embrace mental health issues and outrageous behavior as a form of suffering and thereby strengthen family bonds in response to adversity.

By Joanna Jullien

Get your copy! 2017 Fresh Start edition

Fresh Start Family Culture Builder for Household Executives

Kindle Edition

Helpful tools:

iOS 12 parental controls

review by Common Sense Media

Keep medications out of the hands of youth:

Check out: SaferLock

Peace on earth begins with peace at home.

Core Connectivity – A Foundation to Empower Families



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