Dr. Jeff Foote, from the Center for Motivation and Change, asked that the following article be shared with all of you ...
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Dorothy Accomando (Monday, 09 March 2015 08:01)
I wanted to thank Dr. Foote and Kevin for sharing this article as it really spoke to me. For me, it reiterated how complete honesty is such an important part of the communication process in that sharing the good and the bad about things is a better way to get through to teens (show them the whole picture not just the parts we are afraid of as parents). It also showed me that there is no "one right answer" for parents to get a message through to their teens as they are all different. Yet, it gives many different options for a parent to try (i.e. communicating pros/cons of using substances, teaching coping skills, asking a relative, friend, counselor, someone who has struggled with substance abuse, etc. to talk to the teen...)
Shannon CrossBear (Tuesday, 10 March 2015 09:33)
Thanks for sharing this article. It is perfect for the families I have been working with. Great message that rings true......!
Sharon LeGore (Tuesday, 10 March 2015 11:12)
Great article, thanks for sharing. We need to be able to change the way we have the conversations with our children. I appreciated the honesty of the youth who responded. It would be great if we could get a survey of some type out to a larger group of youth to respond on what parents could do to help their child understand the dangers. Again I can't say enough about the CRAFT model and changing the way we communicate, that offers us the opportunity to help our young people to think their choices through and come to a right wise decision to not use or if they already are using, to seek recovery.