Our goal is to create partnerships with community members and organizations within Delaware County in order to tackle the growing problems related to drug and alcohol abuse.
Our coalition is always looking for community members to join our prevention efforts. We encourage you to look over the resources and programs we offer. If you are interested in learning more about the coalition or potentially joining our membership ranks, please contact us and let us know. We will be happy to work with you.
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“What do I do if my kid is using drugs?” If you’ve just discovered or have reason to believe your child is using drugs, the first thing to do is sit down and take a deep breath. We know it’s a scary time, but you’re in the right place. Before you intervene, take time to prepare yourself for the important conversation ahead, and to lay the foundation for more positive outcomes.
Talk With Your Spouse or Partner
We’re all familiar with the trick of turning to one parent when the other says no. It’s best if you and your spouse come to a common stance on drug and alcohol use before raising the subject with your child.
Remind each other that nobody is to blame.
Come to an agreement on the position you’ll take.
Even if you disagree, commit to presenting a united front.
Pledge not to undermine or bad-talk each other.
Remind each other to come from a place of love when talking to your son or daughter.
Prepare to be Called a Hypocrite
You’re likely to be asked whether or not you’ve done drugs, and there are ways to answer honestly that keep the emphasis less on you, and more on what you want for your son or daughter. You could explain that you tried drugs in order to fit in, only to discover that’s never a good reason to do anything. Or you can focus on the fact that drugs affect everyone differently, and just because your life wasn’t harmed by drug use, you’ve seen it happen to too many others.
Don’t let your response become a justification for your child’s drug use. Focus on the issue at hand – that you don’t want your son or daughter drinking or using drugs.
Be honest – but be sure they know you don’t want them using.
If you use tobacco and your child calls you on this, mention that you are an adult, and yes, you can do this since it’s legal – but you understand that you shouldn’t and it’s not healthy. Underscore how hard it is to stop as an adult and that you want to help your child to avoid making the same mistakes.
If you’re in recovery, think of your past experiences as a gift you can use to impact your child. Tell your child, “I did these things but I made wrong choices, and I want you to learn the lessons from my mistakes.”
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Know! Empowering Parents!
Name: Allison Stankus
School Name: Buckeye Valley High School
How long have you been a member of your organization/Volunteer? Since February, so three months
What are some things you like to do to help your community? I like to volunteer, I volunteer at Cozy Cat Cottage. I’m also cautious about the world, and the environment, and try my best to reduce my use of plastic!
What DFD committee are you on? The youth coalition
What do you expect to be the best part about being a part of the DFD coalition? Being able to be the change in the community and being able to spread awareness about drugs and how they’re bad to people of all ages.