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 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).
SPECIAL FEATURE THIS WEEK
Where you will find me
Date: Sun., December 9, 2018
Location: Parkside Church, Auburn
Workshop: Setting boundaries with apps and devices at home
Trainer: Joanna Jullien
RSVP: Pastor Clay Rojas firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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LET’S WORK TOGETHER
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
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
When cyber connectivity hypes everything and inspires anxiety, what will you focus on?
- Can parents teach their children to love their neighbor? A response to the Pittsburgh massacre
- What ‘Beautiful Boy’ says about addiction and family relations
- Signs your child is being cyberbullied and what to do about it
- Who is more influential? Social media or parents?
- Three radical ways your teen experiences love in your home
- Six ways parents care for the souls of their children
- 7 truths about sex offenders that every parent needs to know
- Teach your teen to have a healthy perspective on sex and sexuality
- Preparing youth to respond to uncivil behavior
- Insights to improve the tone of communication at home
- Get your teen to share hopeless thoughts and feelings with you
- Why your uber-successful teen may be failing to thrive and what to do about it
- How tech-savvy youth experience learning discipline
- How self-talk can help or harm your child
- Creating positive norms for the legalization of cannabis
- Cannabis 101 for parents: Two truths about today’s pot
- Every parent can do something to prevent violence at school
- Teens need help managing toxic stress: Here are some tips for parents
- Create a family creed that helps manage screen time
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
review by Common Sense Media
Keep medications out of the hands of youth:
Check out: SaferLock
Peace on earth begins with peace at home.
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 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.