By: Tom Coderre, Former Chief of Staff, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Did you know that talking about addiction is the first step toward recovering from it? Talking openly with your loved ones has the power to remove the fear and shame surrounding addiction, and ultimately save lives. Studies have shown that parents have a significant influence on their children’s decisions to experiment with substances. And, research shows that children who have dinner with their families are 50% less likely to drink alcohol or use other drugs. So, what better time to talk than over dinner?