This project will create a four pronged approach to education and support for students and families faced with addiction and recovery. Addiction is a family disease. In order to fully educate and support the adolescent, we know that families must be involved, supported and educated on the specifics of adolescent addiction. Through four integrated activities - facilitated family meetings, a Youth Summit, establishment of Alternative Peer Groups, and the creation of Public Service Announcements - we hope to increase presence in the community, specifically Cape Cod and Worcester County, to educate parents and contemplative students about the disease of addiction, the grave losses that occur when students become addicted, and to develop peer and family supports for recovery and sobriety. Through all parts of this project, information will be incorporated from and people will be educated about National Library of Medicine resources, such as Medline Plus. The outcome of this project will be expanded services, supports and education available to adolescents and families struggling with recovery.
Central Massachusetts Special Education Collaborative