Each April since 1987, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) has sponsored Alcohol Awareness Month to increase public awareness and understanding, reduce stigma and encourage local communities to focus on alcoholism and alcohol-related issues.

This year’s theme, “Connecting the Dots: Opportunities for Recovery,” is aimed at educating people about the treatment and prevention of alcoholism, particularly among our youth, and the important role that parents can play in giving kids a better understanding of the impact that alcohol can have on their lives. Freedom Institute’s school-based prevention and social and emotional wellness program, Hallways, partners with schools to give students the tools they need to face and overcome challenges, make healthy choices and lead productive and happy lives in and outside of school. Hallways works to educate the entire school community, administrators, teachers, parents and students about substance abuse prevention.

We believe that connection is the best prevention — so stay connected and close to your tweens and teens and communicate early and often about the social and academic challenges in their lives, how to manage stress and anxiety, provide guidance and give them the confidence to make good choices in the complex world in which they live. Research has shown that kids who have such conversations with their parents are 50% less likely to use substances than those who don’t.  And if you think your teen needs help, contact us for a free phone consultation and to learn more about Freedom Institute’s Adolescent Program.