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PRESIDENT DECLARES OPIOID EPIDEMIC A NATIONAL EMERGENCY
The opioid crisis was declared a national emergency on August 10, 2017.We can’t let the millions of silent victims of this epidemic be ignored again! Take action to help the children of addiction! Use your own words to advocate for the children and families impacted by addiction in an email to the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or send this message to the Commission: “1 in 4 children today are living quiet lives of desperation in our country in the face of a parent’s addiction. They are the most vulnerable in this epidemic — the first hurt and last helped and the most at risk for addiction themselves. These children need a higher caliber of prevention. They need educational support groups in the schools, preventive interventions early in life. Please account for this in the recommendations offered in the final version of the Commission’s report in your prevention section and include whole family recovery support in your recommendations for recovery practices and programs.”
NACOA CELEBRATES FAMILY RECOVERY DURING NATIONAL RECOVERY MONTH
Throughout September, NACoA is celebrating family recovery in honor of National Recovery Month. NACoA is an active member of the Recovery Month Planning Partners, a coalition of over 200 supporting organizations. We recommend visiting RecoveryMonth.gov to take advantage of the wide variety of activities and tools. This year’s theme is Voices for Recovery: Strengthen Families and Communities, and we’ll be sharing tips, resources, and inspiration for family recovery on social media and our website all month long, so keep checking back for more insights and more news!
CHILDREN LEARN WHAT THEY LIVE POSTER
Just in time for Recovery Month, a great new product has been added to the NACoA store: a colorful poster with a purple background (the color or recovery) and butterflies (the symbol of recovery) reminding us that children learn what they live. Perfect for recovering community centers, youth organizations, and the reception rooms of pediatricians, guidance counselors, family court judges, therapists, social workers, youth ministers, school administrators, and more. Sold individually or in set of 10.
NACOA PROVIDES CLERGY TRAININGS IN VA AND OH
We’re always working hard to help those who interact with children learn more about the impact of addiction on families and children and how they can help. In-person trainings are scheduled for clergy and faith community leaders in Williamsburg, Virginia on August 17 and Cincinnati, Ohio on August 24.
CELEBRATING FAMILIES!™ TRAININGS TO BE HELD IN OH, IN, AND CO
Celebrating Families!™ trainings will be taking place in OH, IN, and CO.
FED UP! March in DC
International Overdose Awareness Day is August 31, and the FED UP! Coalition http://feduprally.org/ is working hard to bring awareness to the opioid epidemic with a press conference, networking events, a candlelight vigil for those lost, and a march to the White House. Events are filling up fast so register (for free!) if you’re interested in attending.
DR. ROBERT ZUCKER RECEIVES NACOA’S MARGARET CORK AWARD
NACoA President and CEO Sis Wenger presented the annual award to the former Supreme Court Chief Justice at the opening plenary session on Monday, October 10th during the annual conference of NAADAC – The Association of Addiction Professionals, held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Minneapolis, MN. The Ackerman/Black Award was established to honor two leading early pioneers – Robert Ackerman and Claudia Black – in the fields of addiction and family impact.
CELEBRATING FAMILIES!™ AT THE NADCP ADVANCING JUSTICE CONFERENCE
At the annual NADCP Training Conference, NACoA CEO, Sis Wenger, presented “Celebrating Families!™: A Trauma Informed, Evidence-Based Program to Reunify and Heal Families,” while Mary Beth Collins, NACoA Director of Programs, manned the conference booth and shared information with conference attendees about the importance of NACoA’s Celebrating Families!™ program.
SUMMER CAMP HIGHLIGHTS
Many NACoA affiliates are among those offering wonderful summer camp opportunities for children and teens, and NACoA has created a list of 2017 Camp Opportunities for parents, educators, and guardians to easily find fun-filled camps in their area. NACoA welcomes information on camps / summer programs for children or teens dealing with parental addiction. If you have recommendations for our list, contact us.
SIS WENGER, JERRY MOE, AND BRIAN MAUS FEATURED IN CHICAGO TRIBUNE
A recent Chicago Tribune article, How to Talk to Children About Addiction, featured insights from industry thought leaders — including NACoA CEO Sis Wenger, previous board member, William Moyers, and NACoA affiliates, Jerry Moe, of Betty Ford Children’s Programs, and Brian Maus of Camp Mariposa — on how to address the difficult topic of addiction with children and teens.
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