As students have been taught sex ed over the years, the curriculum has evolved to properly include a discussion on drugs and alcohol (at most schools). However, according to our research, this topic is still secondary in the curriculum to sex, pregnancy and STDs.
One must ask if these courses are focusing on today’s dangers for children. As our drug and alcohol epidemic grows, the numbers of Americans affected by these diseases are staggering. In 2015, it was widely reported that heroin overdose deaths exceeded deaths from guns in the United States. This number is only going to continue to grow unless our society focuses on the numerous causes that lead to addiction. These include border security, development of non-addictive pain relievers, increased funding for rehabs and education of our youth.
You may ask what you can do to help this massive complex global problem. Well, if you are a teacher, educator, student or parent, you can focus on educating our children of these dangers. You can make sure that your children, and their peers, are fully prepared for the peer pressure they are certain to encounter. You can ensure they understand the addictive nature of prescription pills. You can help them understand that experimenting with drugs, even once, can lead to death. You can help them understand that underage drinking can lead to a lifelong battle with alcohol. And you can make sure those with addiction or alcoholism in their genes are educated properly about their condition.
And, we are here to help. Our groundbreaking book, My Dad is an Alcoholic, What About Me? A Pre-teen Guide to Conquering Addictive Genes, was developed to provide this much-needed education to those most vulnerable to addiction in our society — our youth. The book provides expert information, expert tips and advice from a real family, including a pre-teen, on alcoholism and addiction.
Our book has already been incorporated into the curriculum of Family Life Programs in several states, and is provided free to classrooms via our non-profit and generous donors.
Education of our youth, especially those with addiction or alcoholism in their genes, can be a life-saving step you can take today. Studies have shown that just having this knowledge can reduce the likelihood of addiction developing by 300%.
So join the schools across the country that are focusing their family life classes not only on STDs, but also on drug and alcohol abuse. Visit PotatoAllergy.com and contact us to make this book part of your curriculum today.
Marc Treitler and his family are the founders and creators of the family addiction education website www.potatoallergy.com and the authors and illustrators of My Dad Is an Alcoholic, What About Me?: A Pre-teen Guide to Conquering Addictive Genes.
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