Enfield Together Coalition
Moving Forward Drug Free…
Enfield Together Coalition was established to assess the extent of substance use in Enfield, CT and to develop ways to reduce the use of alcohol and other drugs by Enfield youth.
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The Enfield Together Coalition implements successful community-based approaches that identify and address local youth substance use problems through the use of a Strategic Prevention Framework.
The idea behind the Strategic Prevention Framework is to use the findings from public health research along with evidence-based prevention programs to build capacity within communities and the prevention field.
In turn, this promotes resilience and decreases risk factors in individuals, families, and communities.
Youth Substance Misuse
Talk with young people early and often about the dangers of different substances.
With your help, we can make sure that young people understand that they do not need to drink or do drugs to fit in, have fun, or deal with the pressures of growing up.
Check out our Campaigns.
Radio Show & PSAs
Twice a month on 107.7 WACC, the Enfield Youth Services Radio Show offers the best local interviews and a synopsis of what’s going on in the Town of Enfield, and the Town of Enfield school systems.
Past guests have ranged from state representatives, to local principals and teachers in the Enfield School System.
It’s important to teach yourself about mental health, substance abuse and gambling in order to better understand your situation or that of others.
Showing you care is vital to helping others overcome their obstacles. Find more online resources here to help you and your loved ones.
Research shows that parents are the #1 reason young people decide not to drink. So, start talking to your children about alcohol before they start drinking – as early as 9 years old. Even if it doesn’t seem like it, they really do hear you.
THE EARLIER AN INDIVIDUAL STARTS SMOKING, DRINKING OR USING OTHER DRUGS, THE GREATER THE LIKELIHOOD OF DEVELOPING ADDICTION
- 9 out of 10 people who abuse or are addicted to nicotine, alcohol or other drugs began using these substances before they were 18
- People who began using addictive substances before age 15 are nearly 7 times likelier to develop a substance problem than those who delay first use until age 21 or older
- Every year that substance use is delayed during the period of adolescent brain development, the risk of addiction and substance abuse decreases
Source: Peterson, Sarah. “National Substance Abuse Prevention Month.” The National Child Traumatic Stress Network, 1 Nov. 2019, www.nctsn.org/resources/public-awareness/national-substance-abuse-prevention-month.
WARNING SIGNS OF TEEN SUBSTANCE USE
Certain symptoms and behaviors are warning signs for substance use in teens, although they may also indicate other problems, such as depression. Warning signs can include:
- Alcohol, smoke or other chemical odors on your child’s or their friends’ breath or clothing
- Obvious intoxication, dizziness or bizarre behavior
- Changes in dress and grooming
- Changes in choice of friends
- Frequent arguments, sudden mood changes and unexplained violent actions
- Changes in eating and sleeping patterns
- Sudden weight gain or loss
- Loss of interest in usual activities or hobbies
- School problems such as declining or failing grades, poor attendance and recent discipline problems
- Trauma or frequent injuries
- Runaway and delinquent behavior
- Depressed mood or talk about depression or suicide; suicide attempts
Source: American Academy of Pediatrics. (2009). “Substance Abuse Prevention”
How can you be more proactive and help out our youth?
It’s important to have conversations and know the risks about youth substance abuse.
If you are interested in learning more about the coalition or getting more involved, please join us at our meetings listed below.
August 18, 2021 at 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
September 15, 2021 at 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Currently meetings are virtual.
Please email Belle Cyr for virtual meeting access or any additional information needed at [email protected] or call 860-253-6382