Parent to Parent Newsletter
Welcome to the June issue of the Your Choice Parent to Parent newsletter.

Words cannot express how grateful we are to everyone who helped make our 2nd Annual Fundraiser a HUGE success.

When we started Your Choice to Live, Inc. in 2009 and became a non-profit in 2012, we had many doors close and had to overcome many obstacles. One statement we heard over and over was, "we don't have a drug problem." We know, from firsthand experience, that drug problems can happen to anyone and so we kept going.

We never thought we would be where we are today. As Attorney Brad Schimel stated during his remarks at the fundraiser, "Your Choice was doing prevention before prevention was the cool thing to do. Today with the epidemic we are facing, many organizations are jumping on the bandwagon. But Your Choice has continued to provide programs that have proven to be effective.

Our 2nd Annual Fundraiser was proof of the impact we are making. Over 170 people attended the event, helping us raise over $20,000 towards our prevention and education programs. Pictures are coming soon and will be available on our website.

Please take a moment to check out this video to see the impact we made in 2017!

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: Looking beyond peer influence
Many parents and other adults are concerned with environmental factors, such as peer influence, media and friends when it comes to adolescent substance use -- prescription drug abuse, underage drinking, binge drinking, marijuana use and other drug experimentation. The question that many researchers are asking is whether it is all the adolescent's environment or is there a genetic component involved that increases the desire for excitement, stimulation and risky behavior?

A recent study, published in the Journal of Psychological Medicine sought to answer this question by studying identical twins and fraternal twins. Fraternal twins only share about 50% of their genes, while identical twins are genetically identical. The twins had similar environmental factors, both in the home and outside of the home, influencing their substance use, but different genetic makeup, giving the researchers a better idea of what causes an increase in substance abuse in adolescents.

The study concluded that while environmental factors play an important role in early substance use and experimentation, genetic factors play an equal, if not greater role in explaining why use increases with age for some and doesn't for others. This is one of the reasons why a multi-facted approach to prevention is necessary and why multiple risk factors at different age levels need to be addressed.



Tips For Teens: Detour Letter  
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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. 


Buckley's AT Thru Hike For Life - Update
I'm using my summer before I start my Junior year in high school to thru-hike one of the most iconic trails in the United States and the world. As a young man, I'm choosing to immerse myself in life and choosing not to do drugs by thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail. The hike consists of 2200 miles that covers 14 states from Georgia to Maine. I will be hiking 25 miles a day for 90 days. Choosing to spend this time hiking with my father will bring us closer and strengthen the bond we share. 

Due to the impact that opioids are having on my community, I'm using this undertaking to draw attention to this epidemic and how  Your Choice to Live  is combating it on the front lines by educating both parents and my peers. I hope you choose to show your support of my efforts by donating to this cause. 

Your Choice Events Happening in June
Detour Class

June 11 & June 13
Wake Up Call Public Tours

June 6 - 12pm - 1pm
June 27 - 6pm - 7pm
Hartland Fire Department Survive Alive House
150 Lawn Street, Hartland
Please  register  to reserve your spot!
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!
COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT:
Express Employment Professionals
We would like to extend a sincere thank you to Express Employment Professionals for their generous donation and commitment to our mission and for their support of the recovery community by assisting those who are in recovery or are on probation find meaningful employment.

Express Employment Professionals: Waukesha is a team dedicated to helping people and impacting businesses in our community. We are quick to find positions for those looking for an honest days work and helping those in need of employment.

Bobee & Andy are our owners who both enjoy working closely with the people and families who make up Waukesha County. Married for 30+ years, both Bobee & Andy are hard working people who are committed to finding you your next career path. Their team is comprised of understanding, personable and reliable individuals who also enjoy helping people in their community. Stop in and get to know our team as we help you find a profession you can be proud of!

For more information about Express Employment Professionals:
https://www.expresspros.com/WaukeshaWI/About-Us/Default.aspx

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