Was I an overprotective mother, or was I a negligent one? Certainly, I was on the lookout for the usual suspects: stranger abductions, pedophiles, rare diseases—these all seemed like quasi-threatening risks to my family.
But I had no clue that chemical dependency was just a pill bottle away. In fact, that was the furthest thing from my mind because “we were a good family,” we modeled responsible parental behavior and, most of all, my children wouldn’t be stupid enough to “experiment.” I don’t know why I expected them to exercise any more judgment or willpower than I did at their age.
Why didn’t someone tell me about the dangers of highly addictive drugs that plagued my community, our communities?? If I had known better, I would have done better—monitoring my child and his friends, attentive to the warning signs, unblinded by denial.
I like to think that, had there been a public awareness campaign about teen substance abuse, I would have taken off my blinders. Today, we’ve got the tools to tell the story of teen vulnerability right at our fingertips, and this is where I ask your help, Dear Reader.
The Emmy Award-winning documentary, Collision Course – Teen Addiction Epidemic, is available at no cost to public TV stations nationwide. It has already shown on TV stations across the nation, and you can bring it to your local channel by calling your PBS station director and making him or her aware that it is available. Start by telling them about the documentary, share your local statistics or own story, and convince them to watch it online and then contact KVIE to gain access to the program. Free, compelling programming that can spare other families the heartbreak of a child’s addiction or alcoholism is just a phone call away. And you can reclaim your power against a child’s chemical dependency by preventing others from stumbling into the heartbreak you have known.