Enfield Together Coalition seeks community members to drive major improvements in youth substance abuse prevention by building from the belief that collective effort is necessary to make large scale change and, therefore, strives to create a community-wide framework that establishes a common goal and shared vision for change in order to facilitate coordinated action.
Enfield Together Coalition is a collaborative effort to improving health outcomes for our community’s youth.
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/do drugs to fit in, have fun, or deal with the pressures of growing up.
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 & your loved ones.
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.
Talk with young people early and often about the dangers of underage drinking. With your help, we can make sure that young people understand that they do not need to drink to fit in, have fun, or deal with the pressures of growing up.
Studies show that marijuana interferes with attention, motivation, memory, and learning. Students who use marijuana regularly tend to get lower grades and are more likely to drop out of high school than those who don’t use.
20% of people, 12 years and older, have abused or misused prescription medication in their lifetimes. Most teens, who report abusing prescription medication, get these drugs from friends and relatives, at times without the person knowing.
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
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”