September 2017

Parent to Parent Newsletter

Welcome to the September issue of the Your Choice Parent to Parent newsletter. This newsletter contains important information covering a wide variety of drug and alcohol prevention topics. The content is written for parents by parents. 

After a busy summer, we are kicking off our speaking season in Lake Central, Indiana. During the next few months we will be traveling around Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana providing resources and education about substance use and abuse. 

September is also National Recovery Month.  This long-standing, national observance promotes the societal benefits of prevention, treatment, and recovery for substance use and mental disorders, celebrates people in recovery, lauds the contributions of treatment and service providers, and promotes the message that recovery in all its forms is possible. Click here to find recovery events in your area

As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, or if you would like to read about a certain topic in the next newsletter,  please email us Your ideas and feedback are always appreciated. 

Sandi Lybert
Your Choice to Live Founder

What Parents Should Know: Teen overdose deaths are on the rise 

A recent report from the CDC found that after declining since 2007, teen drug overdoses increased 19% between 2014 and 2015. The study looked at overdose deaths of 16 to 19 year olds over a 16 year period. While the CDC notes that it is too early to tell whether it is an actual increase or just statistical noise, it is still a red flag worth paying attention to. 

It is unclear why teen overdose deaths decreased from 2007 to 2014 while overdose deaths increased in other age groups during those years. Bradley Stein, a child and adolescent psychiatrist and senior physician policy researcher at the Rand Corp., speculated that prevention efforts may have bigger effect on teens. 

Tips For Teens: Detour Letter 
Each month we feature an inspirational letter from a student in our Detour Class. Detour is a class designed to gently but powerfully challenge common beliefs about drug and alcohol use. One of the assignments at the end of the class is to write a letter to a special person in your life that touches on some important aspects from the class. 

Action Point: Get trained to administer Naloxone (Narcan)  

Many people want to know what they can do to help fight against the opioid epidemic sweeping the country. It is a complex problem with a complex solution, but one of the easiest ways to make a difference and save lives is to get trained to administer Naloxone. Critics of Naloxone argue that is gives addicts a "free pass" to use and that it is a band-aid of a solution to a bigger problem. 
We couldn't disagree more. What Naloxone DOES do is give someone who is addicted another chance. While it is entirely possible that someone who was revived with Naloxone could overdose again the following week, it is equally possible that person could enter treatment and find the help that they so desperately need. 
In addition to offering people another chance at recovery, Naloxone could also save a child, a pet or an elderly person who has accidentally overdosed and needs assistance. 
Your Choice now offers Narcan Training. We are available to educate and train any business, organization or community group who works or lives in Waukesha County.
This training teaches participants to respond to an opioid-associated overdose emergency and is appropriate for members of the community, family, friends, and bystanders. Each training includes a Narcan kit. Email Your Choice for more information. 
Funding for this activity was made possible in part by the Wisconsin Prescription Drug/Opioid Overdose-Related Deaths Prevention Project (WI-PDO) from SAMHSA grant #SP022112

Community Resource Spotli ght:  Rosecrance Expanded Adolescent Treatment Programs

Rosecrance has been treating adolescent substance use disorders for decades, often with co-occurring mental health disorders. In response to a growing need for specialized treatment for mood disorders, we are expanding our program at Rosecrance Griffin Williamson Campus to include treatment for the following challenges facing teens as a  primary diagnosis, and absent a substance use disorder:
  • Mood disorder
  • Bi-polar disorder
  • Major depression
  • Anxiety disorder
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Victims of abuse
  • Self-destructive behaviors
  • Suicidal behaviors
  • Poor impulse control
  • Substance abuse 
General treatment modalities may include: personal medication management; individual and family therapies; group therapy, and recreational therapy. Click here for more information 

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Issue: 9-2017
In This Issue
Featured Events 

Youth Presentations

September 18 -19  
Lake Central Middle Schools

Playgrounds to Pills

September 19 
Lake Central High School
8260 Wicker Avenue
St. John, IN 46373
6-6:30 PM Resource Fair
6:30-8:30 PM Program


September 29
Service Support Staff Institute's 50th Anniversary Conference

Wake Up Call Community Presentations: 

September 12 & 13
New Berlin West 
Middle-High School 
18695 W. Cleveland Avenue
New Berlin, WI 53146  
6:30-8:00 PM
Wake Up Call 
Public Tours:

(Registration Required)
Hartland Fire Department Survive Alive House
150 Lawn Street
 Hartland, WI 53029

September 6
12 pm

September 20

 Check out the events page on our website to see locations of more 
Stairway to Heroin 
series events  and 
 find out where 
 Your Choice speakers
 will be next!
NEW - We Now Offer 
Oral Drug Tests! 

The 6-panel saliva screen
allows testers to  obtain the 
rapid results  they need 
without the  concerns
associated  with urine tests. 

Substances tested for:  Amphetamines, 
Benzodiazepines,  Cocaine, 
Marijuana (THC), 
including MDMA (Ecstasy),  Opiates, 
Phencylindine (PCP)

Our Price:  $ 12.00 

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the support of friends like you! 

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greatly help us further or mission. 

Your Choice-Live
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Ashleigh Nowakowski
Your Choice-Live