Making Tippecanoe County a safer and healthier place to live, learn, and work.
The Drug Free Coalition of Tippecanoe County
Invites you to the Monthly Meeting

Wednesday, March 7,  4:00 PM 
First Floor Conference Room
100 Saw Mill Road
Lafayette, IN 47905
February Meeting Minutes are available on our website.  Please review the minutes   prior to attending the meeting.

Guest Speaker
Morgan Bow, Indiana Trafficking Victims Assistance Program

We will hear verbal reports from Home with Hope, Trinity Life Ministries,  Tippecanoe County Drug Task Force.

For a complete list of upcoming meetings and events please

Webinar: Creating a Culture of Compassion and Action

 in Response to the Opioid Crisis 

This webinar is aimed to help you learn how to offer a compassionate invitation that clearly affirms the purpose and work of recovery in your community. This webinar will help faith and community leaders know how to extend compassion and support to individuals on the journey to recovery from opioid addiction, as well as to their families. Webinar presenters include Kay Warren, co-founder of Saddleback Church, and Marla Kaufman, founder of the Jewish Addiction Awareness Network.  Click Here to Register!

The course provides participants with vital information, insight and understanding of their loved one  living with mental illness.  Many describe the Family-to-Family education course as Life-Changing . Trained volunteer NAMI West Central Indiana family members teach the course.

Class meets weekly on Wednesdays: Feb 28-May 9, 2018, 6:30-9:00 p.m.
Class location: NEW St. Elizabeth School of Nursing, Rm 1141
Lafayette, IN 

Registration is Required! 
765-423-6939 or

RISE    Representative Spotlight

Each month the Drug-Free Coalition will spotlight one of our six 2017-2018 RISE representatives.  RISE stands for Role Models Impacting Student Excellence.    Click here   for more information about the RISE program and the 2017-2018 Representatives.

Cole Martin is an junior at Jefferson High School. He was nominated by Lore Gibson, the pastor at Grace United Methodist, who describes him as a self-disciplined, compassionate, and ideal role model for our community. Cole volunteers with the Special Olympics, is a varsity athlete in swimming, track, and cross country, and is involved with his local church. His dedication and persistence to accomplish his goals truly makes him a role model for all. 

What is Family Therapy for Addiction and How Can It Help MY Family?  

Taken from the article by Molly Bobek, LCSW, and Aaron Hogue, PhD, of the National Center on Addiction and Substance Use.
  • While individual therapy focuses on the thoughts, behaviors and emotions of one person, family therapy focuses on the relationships, and aims to understand and validate the experiences of all family members.The goal of family therapy is to bring clarity to all relationships, and to foster repair and closeness if family members choose. Family therapists believe that problems exist between people, not within people.
  • In the addiction context, a family therapist will explore with the family how substance use is embedded in a cycle of interaction within the family. For example, many young adults and parents are in what we call a fugitive/detective dynamic. The more the young adult acts like a fugitive (hiding, lying) the more a parent acts like a detective (snooping, chasing) - and visa versa.
  • Anxiety, anger, frustration and a deep worry often interfere with parents renovating their approach to family life. Family therapists can also put the substance use in a different context by addressing other challenges and highlighting other resiliences in the family.
To read more about Family Therapy and how it relates to addiction: 

Drug-Free Coalition of Tippecanoe County, 100 Saw Mill Road, Suite 2204, Lafayette, IN 47905, 765-471-9916,