S.M.A.R.T., Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening individuals, families, and communities.
S.M.A.R.T., Inc. has three areas of focus: Local Prevention Council (LPC), Parent University and Family, School and Community Events.
National Recovery Month!
The CNVRAC will be hosting TWO screenings of a very special film that we want you to see with us!
From the creators of the groundbreaking film, THE ANONYMOUS PEOPLE, comes GENERATION FOUND, a powerful story about one community coming together to ignite a youth addiction recovery revolution in their hometown.
Devastated by an epidemic of addiction, Houston faced the reality of burying and locking up its young people at an alarming rate. And so in one of the largest cities in America, visionary counselors, law school dropouts, aspiring rock musicians, retired football players, oil industry executives, and church leaders came together to build the world’s largest peer-driven youth and family recovery community.
Independently filmed over the course of two years, GENERATION FOUND takes an unprecedented and intimate look at how a system of treatment centers, sober high schools, alternative peer groups, and collegiate recovery programs can exist in concert to intervene early and provide a real and tested long-term alternative to the “War on Drugs.” It is not only a deeply personal story, but one with real-world utility for communities struggling with addiction worldwide.
Please follow the link to either film date, in order to reserve your tickets for that date. We need 65 people at each event in order for Regal Cinema to present this film so please reserve, share, post, tweet, and forward
For Wednesday September 7th at 7:30 PM http://gathr.us/screening/16507
For Wednesday September 28th at 7:30 PM http://gathr.us/screening/16560
It is that wonderful memory making time of year again and time for S.M.A.R.T., Inc. to remind families that Parents Who Host Lose the Most. You may be wondering what does that actually mean? You may see the black and white signs with a gavel around town, and received the handouts at our events that were long and you might not have read through it all ... so I'll summarize:
There are significant legal ramifications if with, or without, your permission children under the age of 21 consume alcohol anywhere on your property and if anyone, regardless of age, consumes illegal substances.
For some reason that fact alone has not prevented families from going with the "kids will be kids" mentality and "we did it when we were their age"... so "as long as I take their keys, I know my kid will be safe at home". Here's the thing.. you can parent your child however you see fit... but you shouldn't make decisions for other people's kids or their parenting choices. My guess is that the parent's who "host" the party aren't alerting all the other parents that they will turn the other way if drinking is happening.
I am not sure why any family would actually want to take on the liability of their friend's kids and the choices they will make... things are not the same as "when we were kids".. the choices being made are not the same..
What you may not know is what have the kids that come to your house ingested, smoked, or otherwise put in their bodies and how the risks will increase:
If they are on medication for depression, anxiety, etc. and drink, an additive effect will occur, and their alcohol levels will rise very quickly
We want the memories at this time of year to be happy, safe and responsible... If you attended our Parent Survival Guide 2016 this Tuesday you heard from 2 adults recovering from addiction who were "great kids, from good families and had their whole lives ahead of them" start their alcohol/drug journey with simple experimentation and end up with addictions that took years to recover from. You also heard that the adolescent brain is growing at a rapid rate and the longer someone waits to drink their chances of becoming an alcoholic are significantly reduced.
As a community, let's all commit to keeping ALL the kids safe this prom and graduation season!
It is an exciting time for our Panthers as they are about to embark on the next phase of their lives!
S.M.A.R.T., Inc. would like to publicly acknowledge our community partners in supporting the message that
PARENTS WHO HOST LOSE THE MOST!
Our Middlebury and Southbury Partners include (in alphabetical order) :
Quoting an African Proverb: "It takes a village to raise a child"
Thank you to everyone for keeping all of our kids safe this prom and graduation season!
And we would be remiss if we did not also thank the GRADNIGHT committee for always planning an amazing evening for our graduates to attend. It is a wonderful way to spend their last night together as the PHS class of 2016!
2016 Parent Survival Guide:
To the panelists who participated in this event... Thank you for making tonight a huge success. You packed the room, made people cry, gave sound and specific guidance, asked people to think about their relationships with their kids, encouraged conversation, boundaries, connection and definitely sent the message that it can be any of our kids. The feedback was very positive and each of you made an impression on the audience. We had local officials, board of selectman, board of education, state officials, community leaders, parents and students in the room. Everyone walked out with something they didn't know when they walked in. I know that all of you have very busy lives, families & other commitments and I appreciate your time in sharing your part of the story and helping to organize tonight's event. Please know your efforts were well appreciated!
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?