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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.                                                                      


March is....


SAVE  is pleased to announce it will be combining efforts with Sandy Hook Promise to collectively expand their reach and sustain their work on educating and empowering young people to help prevent violence BEFORE it happens.  Fo more information, click HERE.

March 21st is:
 In the United States, tobacco use kills more than 480,000 people each year – that’s more Americans than AIDS, alcohol, car accidents, illegal drugs, murders and suicides combined.

Here are some other key facts:

·         The vast majority of smokers start as children. In the U.S., 90 percent of all smokers start while in their teens or earlier.

·         Every day, another 350 kids become regular smokers. One-third of them will die prematurely from a smoking-caused disease.

·         Tobacco use costs us $170 billion each year in medical bills.

·         It’s not just cigarettes that are bad for your health. Other forms of tobacco, including cigars and spit or smokeless tobacco, are also harmful and addictive.

·         Secondhand smoke is also hazardous – it kills over 41,000 people each year. Secondhand smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals, including at least 69 that cause cancer. According to the Surgeon General, secondhand smoke causes heart disease and lung cancer in nonsmoking adults and respiratory problems, sudden infant death syndrome, low birth weight, ear infections and more severe asthma attacks in infants and children.

There is good news: The United States has made a lot of progress in reducing smoking by both youth and adults. We’ve cut adult smoking by more than half since the 1960s, and youth smoking in half since 1997. But 8.0% of high school students and 15.1% of adults still smoke, so we still have a lot of work to do.

 Some dates to remember:  
The Local Prevention (LPC)
will be meeting the 4th Thursday 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 2017-2018 season is  Thursday, March 22nd
Hope to see you there!!

   Upcoming Events Corner   
Tickets can also be purchased at Newbury Place!  

Middlebury Congregational Church has scheduled a Youth Mental Health First Aid class for Friday, Mar 9 5-9:30 pm (dinner included) and Sat March 10th 8:30 am -1 pm.

This class is intended for adults to help them work with youth although youth 17-18 years old can attend with their parent’s permission.

For more information and to register please go to ymhfa@edadvance.org.  
  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  

Yoga of 12-Step Recovery Program Kicks Off in the Tri-bury Area!!!

“The Issues Live in Our Tissues”

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.


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.


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?
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