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Please join our efforts in Southwest VA to positively combat the substance abuse epidemic that has so negatively impacted our region. A united voice can make a difference. Prevention has significantly reduced the “litter” and “smoking” problem in our county and together we can definitely change the drug culture area as well! Are you or someone you know looking for help with substance abuse? Do you need resources relevant to the prevention, treatment and recovery from substance abuse? Or would you like more information on how you can become involved as a community member to prevent substance abuse? Go to to become involved.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Strengthening Families Program In SW Virginia

ASAC promotes the Strengthening Families Program to help with substance abuse. Having been raised in a Southwest Virginia family I know how important it is to have family values.  Substance Abuse has taken away some of the things we grew up to love most about our families.   Family meant someone always having your back, support when educau needed it most, never sharing joy or sorrow alone, and knowing no matter what family would never leave you.  We have to bring back those family values in our communities in order to reduce substance abuse.  At Highlands Community Services we have seen the positive results the Strengthening Families Program has had on youth and their families.  The Strengthening Families Program is a science-based parenting program, teaching parenting skills, children's life skills, and family life skills specifically designed for high-risk families.  Providing family based programs has to be part of the plan to reduce substance abuse in Southwest Virginia.
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by: Lisa Topshee, CPP
Program Manager, Prevention & Education
Highlands Center for Behavioral Health

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