The Most Important Conversation
You Can Have
Does it surprise you to know that parents are the most powerful influence in a child’s life — greater than peers, popular music, television, celebrities and the media?
Kids who consistently learn about the risks of drugs from their parents are 50% less likely to use drugs and alcohol than those who do not.
Talking to your kids about the risks of drugs and alcohol isn’t as hard as you think. CADA's Parent Resources page offers links to some great web sites that provide free, easy to use tools and tips to help you have ongoing conversations with your kids to keep them healthy and drug-free. We will also be publishing a Parent Newsletter with time sensitive information on the local teen party scene and other information parents need to know to keep their children safe and healthy. Click here to subscribe.
Santa Barbara Committed Parent Pledge
CADA and Santa Barbara Fighting Back are launching a new campaign, called Santa Barbara Committed, to engage the entire community in supporting teens to stay alcohol and drug free. As a parent, you can join the campaign by pledging to make your home a safe place where alcohol is not served at parties where teens are present. Join over 400 parents who have taken the pledge to date. Parents can also opt in to have their contact information published so that other parents who take the pledge can contact them about teen parties and gatherings. This directory will remain private and will be accessible only to others who have agreed to be included in the directory. Know where your teens are and stay in touch with the parents of their friends. Click here to take the pledge.
But sometimes, life takes a wrong turn...
For so many teens, the pressure to use drugs and alcohol is intense at times. CADA is here to help teens make healthier choices, and to intervene when addiction happens, so that teens can grow up to pursue their true dreams.
Please consider a donation to CADA as part of your year end giving. Your gift helps us to:
- Provide school-based prevention education, sober activities, counseling and mentoring programs to over 1,800 students in our local schools.
- Provide substance abuse treatment to over 350 young people at the Daniel Bryant Youth and Family Center.
- Give over 500 youth who are first time offenders a second chance by keeping them out of the juvenile justice system.
- Help 450 parents develop better parenting skills and communicate more effectively with their children through our parent education programs.
Help our kids dream above the influence!