When the SAFE Project team meets individuals and families across the country, there is always one question we ask: “What do you know now that you wish you knew then?”
From these conversations, we’ve learned early on that the most powerful tool we can provide to others is sharing what we have learned, and what we have learned from others. Lessons Learned is a resource for us all to learn from each of our experiences with substance use disorder and mental health challenges.
What you need to know about childhood trauma and how they can have long-term consequences throughout a lifetime: emotionally, psychologically, and biologically.
This past year taken an enormous toll on everyone, with a particularly hard impact on mental health especially that of children, teens, and young adults. Learn how to know when it’s time to get them some extra support.
SAFE Project’s Lessons Learned gives you suggestions on how to talk to your kids about opioids and substance use disorder. Parents, grandparents, caregivers, relatives, coaches, educators, and family friends can all play a role in opening up that conversation.
Families should start talking about substance use and mental health challenges with children at a young age; this is especially important for families that may already be experiencing substance use challenges with a loved one.
If you have wondered whether it’s time to talk to your teen about substance use of any kind, it IS time. Learn how to connect with your teen, and start building a trusting relationship based on mutual respect.
A strong foundation means when the time comes to discuss harder issues — like drug usage or alcohol — we’ve already got a healthy start.
Opioid addiction can take many forms. Here are several things to keep in mind at the first signs of possible substance abuse.
Interventions are designed to help your family member, spouse, partner, friend, or even a colleague agree to seek treatment.
People in recovery and family members share their lessons learned from participating in interventions.
Treatment & Transition
Harm reduction treats individuals with substance use disorders with dignity and respect using a social justice and health equity lens.
One of the more confusing and, perhaps, controversial issues for many Americans is both the legalization and widespread use of cannabis. We may know less about cannabis than we think we do.
It may feel like a relief to finally have your loved one in treatment, but it also is a time of change. Learn about support for them and self-care for you.
When you share your life together, you’ll also share in one another’s recovery and transition.
Here’s how you can best support them — and yourself — on this journey.
Understanding what to say and do so you can be part of their support system right now.
At its very core, recovery etiquette promotes kindness, consideration, and humility. As recovery allies, that’s exactly what we want to stand for personally and for people in recovery.
Find out what to expect when you are transitioning out of treatment along the path to recovery.