New York — The Partnership at Drugfree.org has been awarded a grant of more than $50,000 from the Denver, Colorado-based Daniels Fund. The grant will support collaboration between the Denver Office of Drug Strategy (DODS) and the nonprofit to pilot a new community education program called the Time To Act Community Program.
Discovering that a teen is using drugs or drinking is often a frightening experience for parents. Many feel alone and unsure about what to do next. Deeply rooted in the organization's intervention-focused Time To Act website, the community education programwill encourage parents of children who are using drugs or alcohol to take action as soon as they suspect or know their child is using, and provide them with free, anonymous access to the most current, research-based information on how to help their child and their family take the next steps.
Developed in collaboration with scientists at the Treatment Research Institute, Time To Act offers step-by-step advice and sympathetic guidance from substance abuse experts, family therapists, scientists and fellow parents to help lead families through the process of understanding drug and alcohol use, confronting a child, setting boundaries and seeking outside help. The program will also cover the drug landscape specific to Greater Denver, with up-to-date information from the DODS.
The Partnership at Drugfree.org and DODS will partner with family-focused organizations in the Denver area to present the program, including Lowry Family Center, Denver Human Service Fatherhood Initiative, Drug Endangered Children and numerous others.
"With major studies showing a reversal in a decade-long decline in drug and alcohol use among teens, the Time To ActCommunity Program offers particularly relevant help for Denver families when they are faced with this issue in their own home," said Steve Pasierb, president and CEO of The Partnership at Drugfree.org. "Thanks to the generosity of the Daniels Fund - which also supported the initial development of our parent resources - we will continue to provide parents with information and tools to effectively intervene and keep their kids drug free."
Participants in the Time To ActCommunity Program will be invited to take part in a follow-up session where they will receive training to conduct their own presentations in the future. They will also connect with related resources, including in-depth, downloadable e-books on Intervention and Treatment for drug and alcohol problems, as well as other interactive tools at www.drugfree.org.