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Addressing Substance Use on Cape Cod

When it comes to substance use, choice matters - our choices as individuals and our choices as a society. Whether it be a young person standing at a party being offered alcohol for the first time, or a person in active addiction deciding now is the time to take steps toward recovery, their choices will impact their lives and the lives of those around them.

The Cape Cod community is united in its choice to address the substance use issue. Coming together to guide our children, promote self-empowerment and support our neighbors in their journey from addiction to recovery is the path we have chosen.

We are united in our efforts to empower each citizen to believe that “My Choice Matters."

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TRAINING

Through a collaboration between the Barnstable County Regional Substance Use Council and the Moms Do Care Program at Cape Cod Healthcare, several trainings are available with CEUs. To register, please contact Kim Slade at kim.slade@barnstablecounty.org.

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GET THE FACTS

Teens’ brains and bodies are still developing; alcohol use can cause learning problems or lead to adult alcoholism. People who begin drinking before age 15 are four times more likely to develop alcoholism than those who begin after age 20.

TIPS

Research shows that increasing fear about drugs and alcohol can actually increase teenage use. So, parents can list the benefits of avoiding substance use - like getting into a good college or performing well in sports and other extracurricular activities.

FIND HELP

If you’re wondering if your substance use is a problem, it probably is. Your choice to address your substance use, or help a friend, is the first step to a healthier life. Call 800-327-5050 for the Substance Abuse Information and Education Helpline.

CHOICE MATTERS

My Choice Matters is a social norming campaign that works with a coordinated system of prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery partners who seek to reverse statistics so that Cape Cod Communities remain happy, healthy, safe and thriving.

GET INVOLVED

Attend an event

Being a parent is hard work!  My Choice Matters: Building Parent Muscle will be held on November 5th, 2017 at the Cape Codder.

This free event is for Cape Cod parents with children of any age.  The Summit features local expert Cindy Horgan, Executive Director of Cape Cod Children’s Place who will speak on “Growing Grit and Resiliency” in your child and youth expert and  Jon Mattleman, mental health consultant and former director of Needham Youth Services will talk about “The Secret Lives of Teens” providing specific communication tips parents can use immediately.

Local experts, free childcare, and lunch will be provided. Please click here to register.


Become a community activist

Volunteer your time with the substance use coalition in your town.


Attend a training

Register for local workshops here.


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