Parents, teachers and others are learning to identify clues that young adults may be using or experimenting with drugs or alcohol through a program developed by the Council on Alcoholism and Addictions of the Finger Lakes.
The Hidden in Plain Sight, Telling Their Secrets program is designed to spread awareness and teach parents, or anyone who has a relationship with a young person, how to start a conversation about drug and/or alcohol use.
As part of the program, adults go through a model teen bedroom to identify objects that could signal possible warning signs of drug and/or alcohol use.
“The goal of the program is to help increase awareness in order to intervene and save lives,” said Tim VanDamme, executive director. “Giving adults access to this information is critical to reducing the rate of overdoses and youth fatalities. If more parents are educated, more parents can prevent drug/alcohol use in adolescents.”
Russ Kenyon, a recent parent participant, thought he would easily be able to identify the hidden clues.
“Now I have a better awareness of things I wouldn’t have thought twice about,” he said. ”The more I learn, the better parent I can be. I am certain that the program expanded my horizons, and recommend any parent to go through this. Your eyes will be opened.”
The council offers presentations throughout the Finger Lakes region. Hidden in Plain Sight recently received funding from Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.
Visit councilonalcoholismfingerlakes.org for information.