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S.M.A.R.T., Inc. has three areas of focus:
                                                                Local Prevention Council (LPC), 
                                                                                 Parent University, and 
                                                                                 Family, School and Community Events.                                                                      
                                                                                    
 
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October is....

National Bullying Prevention Month 
 

      What Is Bullying?

Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems

In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include:

  • An Imbalance of Power: Kids who bully use their power—such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity—to control or harm others. Power imbalances can change over time and in different situations, even if they involve the same people.
  • Repetition: Bullying behaviors happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once.

 

Signs a Child Is Being Bullied

Look for changes in the child. However, be aware that not all children who are bullied exhibit warning signs.

Some signs that may point to a bullying problem are: 

  • Unexplainable injuries
  • Lost or destroyed clothing, books, electronics, or jewelry
  • Frequent headaches or stomach aches, feeling sick or faking illness
  • Changes in eating habits, like suddenly skipping meals or binge eating. Kids may come home from school hungry because they did not eat lunch.
  • Difficulty sleeping or frequent nightmares
  • Declining grades, loss of interest in schoolwork, or not wanting to go to school
  • Sudden loss of friends or avoidance of social situations
  • Feelings of helplessness or decreased self esteem
  • Self-destructive behaviors such as running away from home, harming themselves, or talking about suicide

If you know someone in serious distress or danger, don’t ignore the problem. Get help right away.

Signs a Child is Bullying Others

Kids may be bullying others if they:   

  • Get into physical or verbal fights
  • Have friends who bully others
  • Are increasingly aggressive
  • Get sent to the principal’s office or to detention frequently
  • Have unexplained extra money or new belongings
  • Blame others for their problems
  • Don’t accept responsibility for their actions
  • Are competitive and worry about their reputation or popularity

For additional information, please visit https://www.stopbullying.gov

 

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 Some dates to remember:  
 
The Local Prevention (LPC)
will be meeting the 4th Tuesday of every month at  Southbury Town Hall Room 201 from 6pm to 8pm
ANY community member is welcome and encouraged to join! 
The next meeting of the 2018-2019 season is  Tuesday, October 23rd
Hope to see you there!!
 
 Please note that due to the holiday season for both November and December, the LPC will be meeting on the following dates:
Tuesday, November 27th and Tuesday, December 18th.
 
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The Courage to Speak Foundations Presents: Courage to Speak® Courageous Parenting 101 "Parenting Through the Opioid Crisis and Beyond"TM

Drug Prevention Program Covering:

• Effective Communication Strategies with Children Around Drugs

• Teaching Drug Refusal Skills

• Understanding Emotional Pain and Teaching Children How to Cope

• Knowing Signs of Drug Use

• The Influence of Marijuana and Opioid Use

• Parent Resources and Much More!

Danbury High School Auditorium 43 Clapboard Ridge Road Danbury, CT

November 7th, 2018 6:45 PM

For more information contact: Domitila Pereira at 203-797-4800 or pereid@danbury.k12.ct.us

The Courage to Speak Foundation, Inc. was founded by Ginger Katz in an effort to foster open communication about the prevention of alcohol and other drug abuse among young people. Ginger has been inspired to speak out by the untimely death of her son Ian from a drug overdose. Since 1996, she has given over 1,000 presentations nationally to hundreds of thousands of parents and their children.

A Double Dose of PreventionTM

Part 1: Featuring the Courage to Speak® Presentation presented by Ginger Katz, CEO, Founder, and Author of Sunny's Story, A Drug Prevention Book

This event is funded in whole from the United States Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) through the CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. (DMHAS).

www.couragetospeak.org

DHMAS Opioid Support Access Line: 1-800-563-4086

Part 2: Facilitated by Carlos Reinoso Jr MSMOL, BHCC trained in substance abuse and addiction presenting Courage to Speak® Courageous Parenting 101 “Parenting Through the Opioid Crisis and Beyond” TM



 
 
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 3 KEY FACTS ABOUT OPIOIDS
  1. Knowledge is power. The more you know about opioids the better. Because you can do more for anyone who is struggling with them.
  2. People in crisis need supportPeople addicted to opioids have a serious medical condition that requires understanding.
  3. Opioid misuse is a medical condition that requires medical solutions. Talk to your doctor openly and honestly. He or she can help with different approaches to managing pain, treatment options, and medical planning.
Go to www.drugfreect.org for treatment, recovery and prevention resources.  For addiction treatment 24/7 call the Access Line: 1-800-563-4086  
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Yoga of 12-Step Recovery Program Kicks Off in the Tri-bury Area!!!

“The Issues Live in Our Tissues”

Starting Sunday, February 18, 2018, 5:00PM-6:30PM (and every 1st & 3rd Sunday)

At The Ruby Tree Yoga Studio

670 Main Street South (Sherman Village)

Woodbury CT

WHAT is Y12SR? Yoga of 12 Step Recovery combines the physical and spiritual practice of yoga with the practical tools laid out in twelve step programs of recovery, providing another tool in the toolbox of sustainable recovery and relapse prevention.

WHY combine yoga and recovery? The 12-Step Recovery model takes a cognitive approach to recovery. The practice of yoga (which means union, balance) is a somatic approach. Y12SR pairs both, taking a holistic approach and says, “The issues live in our tissues” – that the body bears the burden of addiction, the effects get “stuck” in us, and the practice of yoga can release what is held in our bodies.

WHO can attend Y12SR Meetings? Y12SR is open to anyone and everyone who is dealing with addiction, their own addictive behavior or who is affected by the addictive behavior of others. All “A’s” are welcome. Beginners are welcome! The practice that is offered is accessible to all bodies and levels of yoga experience. The principles of safety and anonymity are upheld by Y12SR.

WHAT are Y12SR Meetings like? Meetings are modeled after the format of 12 step programs, the meeting starts out with a topic or reading with discussion in a group sharing circle, followed by an intentional themed yoga class. About half of the time will be devoted to a gentle, restorative yoga practice.

HOW much does a Y12SR class cost? Y12SR is donation based, there is a suggested donation of whatever amount a drop in yoga class in the area would cost (between $15-20). No one is ever turned away. You are more important than your money. Donations collected are split 3 ways; with a 1/3 going to the facility where the class is held, 1/3 going to the instructor, and 1/3 going to a non-profit organization that is working in the area of recovery and addiction services. S.M.A.R.T., Inc. has been chosen to be the first recipient of the proceeds from this Tri-bury Y12SR meeting.

WHEN and WHERE are Meetings Held? Y12SR Meetings are held the first and third Sunday of the month, from 5PM to 6:30PM at the Ruby Tree Yoga Studio, 670 Main Street South (Sherman Village), Woodbury, CT.

WHO can I contact for more information?

Lisa Martland (lisa.martland@gmail.com) or Christine Granja (christinegranja@att.net). For more information about what Y12SR is visit www.y12sr.com.


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SMART Recovery meetings at UCC Southbury

SMART Recovery, a 25 year old recovery program is coming to the United Church of Christ at 283 Main Street North in Southbury. The free peer support meetings will be held in the Parlor on Friday evenings at 7 PM, starting on December 15, 2017. The program uses a modern, science-based, abstinence-oriented approach to the four areas people struggle with when recovering from addictions:

·        Living a balanced life

·        Building and maintaining motivation

·        Coping with urges

·       Dealing with self-defeating thoughts, feelings and behaviors

Meetings are confidential. You are not required to participate and can just watch, or jump right in and join the conversation.

A typical meeting consists of an introduction, check-in, working time where we use SMART Recovery tools to solve problems, a check-out, and a few minutes for socializing.

You're welcome at the meeting regardless of which substance or behavior you are addicted to. There's no need to call ahead, just turn up.

For more information, call the meeting facilitators at 475-209-8100, email info@smartrecoveryct.org, or visit https://smartrecovery.org/

For additional information click here for flyer.

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Southbury-Oxford C.A.R.E.S. Family Hope & Support Group Begins

C.A.R.E.S. provides free, weekly drop-in support groups for parents, families, and concerned individuals impacted by substance use disorder.

By Donna DeLuca, Patch Poster |
 
Click Here to read the full article!
 
 
 

To register, visit www.mhconn.org/education/mental-health-first-aid.


  
 

Upcoming Opportunities:

Teens, are you struggling with Depression and marijuana/alcohol use? 
 
Click below to learn of an opportunity to participate in an ATOM program T-TAAD study at UCONN Health, which may help!
 

 
 
Do you know what to do if you suspect your child is using alcohol, tobacco or other drugs?
Do you know how to have a meaningful conversation with your child about substance use?
Talk to Your Kids

 
 
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