Chautauqua County Students do their part to make a difference.
Nearly 200 Chautauqua County students did their part to raise alcoholism awareness this year. One walked away $100 richer last March with more recognition on the way.
Sherman Central School junior Julia Rater won the 11th annual Chautauqua Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Council Alcohol (CASAC) Awareness Month Poster Contest. She beat out 11 fellow finalists and 195 total entrants to win the prize.
On June 27, cameras flashed at the Mineola office of the Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD), the NCADD Affiliate serving Nassau and Suffolk counties in New York State, as New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced passage of the new I-STOP legislation.
The Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescription (I-STOP) is the first of its kind legislation that, among other things monitors prescriptions and requires doctors and pharmacists to check patient prescription history before supplying drugs. "It targets the people and problems that lead to prescription drug abuse," says Schneiderman.
Telephone Recovery Support (TRS) helps people in recovery stay in recovery! The SAARA Center for Recovery is now offering weekly peer-to-peer telephone recovery support services to people early in recovery.
Trained volunteers make weekly calls to consenting participants to check in and see how they are progressing in their recovery.
TRS helps reduce relapse and enhances recovery, not only for the recoveree, but also for the volunteer calling.
Discussing his excitement of the newly launched program, one of SAARA's TRS volunteers stated, "When I was early in my recovery, no one ever called me when I was scared and needed to talk to someone. I remember wishing that someone would call me and offer some help. Being in recovery, and having the TRS program, is a perfect way of giving back by making that phone call that I never got."
NCADD's Footprints for Life™ program was recently approved for listing on The National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP). It is the first curriculum from New Jersey to receive this recognition and the only program designed specifically to promote social competencies in early elementary school students to be listed.
NREPP is a searchable online registry of mental health and substance abuse interventions which have been reviewed and rated by independent reviewers.
NCADD's Richmond Affiliate Holds First Recovery Community Program Graduation
Founded in 2004 by Hanover resident John Shinholser, The McShin Foundation is NCADD's Richmond Affiliate and Virginia's leading non-profit, full-service Recovery Community Organization (RCO), committed to serving individuals and families in their fight against Substance Use Disorders (SUDs).
While providing the tools for recovering individuals to create positive lifestyles, it aims to spread the word of recovery and educate families, communities, and government regarding SUDs as well as reduce the stigma attached to them. Following is an example of its success.
Reality Check is a New York State youth led movement aiming to reduce youth exposure to tobacco marketing. Recently, Madison-Oneida-Herkimer County Reality Check, operated by the NCADD Affiliate Madison County Council on Alcoholism & Substance Abuse, Inc., known as BRiDGES, was honored by Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids and recognized as the National Youth Advocate of the Year winners in the group category.
The Youth Advocates of the Year Awards, sponsored by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, are designed to honor the outstanding work of young advocates who have taken the lead in holding the tobacco companies accountable for their efforts to market products to youth.
Partnership for a Positive Pomona, or P³, got off to a celebrated start early this year with its Coalition Kick-Off event at a local community center.
In attendance was a diverse group of 59 individuals drawn from across many sectors of the community, including schools, parents, youth, law enforcement, youth-serving organizations, alcohol and drug recovery providers, media, local and County government, health care providers and Pomona residents. The coalition initially began with the local network of substance abuse recovery providers.
Recovery Resources is known throughout Northeastern Ohio for its gender-specific intensive outpatient program designed for women with drug and/or alcohol addiction. Many of the Women and Family Services clients have been referred by the Cuyahoga County Department of Children and Family Services after having their children removed from the home, or may be at risk of having their children removed.
The Women and Family Services program is unique in that it treats addiction in the context of the whole of a woman's life. In addition to drug and/or alcohol addiction treatment, the program offers classes in nutrition, parenting, vocational preparation and placement, and case management services. For preschool age children of women in treatment, early childhood prevention services are provided during the school year; during the summer, children up to age 12 are involved in activities designed to address the impact of addiction and reinforce academics. Transportation is provided in the form of bus tickets, to ensure participants are able to attend regularly.
The Alcohol and Addictions Resource Center (AARC), an NCADD Affiliate, is the proud parent organization for the Michiana Employee Assistance Program (MEAP). MEAP has been providing EAP services to Michiana area employers for over thirty-six years. You might ask just where is Michiana? Well, simply stated, the Michiana area covers part of northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan.
As you may know, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) was the founder and developer of the Occupational Alcoholism program concept, starting in 1949. NCADD and its Affiliates have helped thousands of companies develop Occupational Alcoholism Programs (many of which were joint Labor-Management Programs).