"Walk the Talk’ aims to help parents discuss drug abuse
“Walking the Talk,” a program designed to assist community members in initiating discussions with young people about the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, will be presented from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday at the Battle Mountain High School media center.
The free discussion will be led by Shelley Molz, executive director of The Valley Partnership for Drug Prevention in Aspen.
Organizers say the program’s goals are to help parents and adults:
– Gain an understanding of the magnitude of alcohol, tobacco and drug use in resort communities
– Realize the unique and important role they play in influencing the decisions young people make about alcohol, tobacco and drugs.
– Deal with the subject of alcohol, tobacco and drugs.
– Develop guidelines for their own use of alcohol, tobacco or drugs.
– Initiate discussions with family members and friends about the appropriate use alcohol, tobacco and drugs.
– Talk with someone whose alcohol, tobacco or drug use concerns them.
Adults are sometimes reluctant to talk about alcohol, tobacco and other drug use with young people for a variety of reasons: some parents don’t think that they know enough; some are worried about the use of alcohol in their own homes; and others wonder if they can ask young people to refrain from doing something they do or have done.
While these concerns may prevent parents from discussing alcohol and drug abuse with their children, organizers say, adults can make a difference in the lives of young people.