By Melissa Ford
Talking to your teen about drug and alcohol abuse can be difficult for parents. How do you start up a conversation without feeling awkward or fearful your child will shut you down? Can you have an open dialogue with your teen about choices and consequences rather than lecture him or her?
Oak Park River Forest High School and IM.P.A.C.T is offering you the perfect opportunity to keep those lines of communication open by attending Stay Sharp, a high energy drug prevention presentation, on Tuesday, October 18th from 7 - 8 p.m. at the OPRF High School’s Little Theatre. This same presentation will be offered to many OPRF students during the school day on Friday, October 21st, providing parents with a unique chance to watch first hand what their teen will be viewing.
Stay Sharp is designed to educate students on drug and alcohol abuse as well as the consequences of their choices. Throughout the video portion of this presentation, which addresses the facts, lies, and costs of addiction, eight young speakers will share personal stories of their introduction to drugs and the consequences of their choices.
One of these speakers is an OPRFHS alum who is eager to share his story in hopes of helping other students understand the reality of their choices. In addition, his parents will discuss their experience of being parents of a child with an addiction. The evening will close with an overview of resources available to OPRF community members, empowering parents to connect with local agencies as well as providing them with the means to get further support or information.
According to Dana Horowitz, OPRF’s Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator, “Since your teen will be seeing a similar presentation at the high school, we are hoping this event will make it easier for parents to have an open conversation about drugs and alcohol. It’s a wonderful opportunity to talk to your child about what they are learning, the decisions they are making, and how they are feeling during the upcoming Red Ribbon Week and National Drug Fact Week.” Both week-long events aim to educate teens about choices and consequences as well as empower them to take a stand against alcohol, tobacco,and other drugs.
Take advantage of this informative, interactive event and then talk to your child about choices and consequences around drugs and alcohol.
Event: Stay Sharp - Think About It!
When: October 18th, 7 - 8 p.m.
Where: Oak Park River Forest High School, Little Theatre, 201 N Scoville Ave, Oak Park
Why: Helping you keep the lines of communication open with your teen about drug and alcohol abuse
Visit: www.staysharp.us - for more information