Be a Part of the Conversation is a nonprofit organization that provides community programs that educate and increase the awareness and understanding of substance use, abuse and addiction and its impact on young people and those who care about them. We are parents, educators, young people, health care providers, recovering alcoholics and addicts, law enforcement officers, mental health/substance abuse experts, and others who have a shared desire to help create a community that is educated and able to take timely and positive action toward healing and recovery whenever needed.
Chief among the goals is to level the playing field to enable all cross-sections of the community to come together and speak candidly as a means of support, as well as to alleviate stigmas associated with dependence on alcohol and other drugs.
We stay abreast of trends and strive to engage the community with discussions of interest, as well as share stories from people in recovery. We engage experts to discuss addiction as a brain disease, warning signs of substance abuse, communication and intervention, prescription drug abuse, heroin addiction, and much more. We also hold an annual Conversation Forum every January since 2012 and participate in programs sponsored by local municipalities, such as National Night Out™. Here are some of the specific topics Be a Part of the Conversation addresses:
- The Disease of Addiction
- Effective Communication Skills
- Setting Boundaries
- Warning Signs
- Finding “Natural Highs”
- Underage Drinking
- Media, Messaging & Youth
- ADDICT, a Play Dramatizing Substance Use
- A Conversation About Heroin
- Prescription Drug Abuse
- A “Mock Teen Bedroom”
- Life in Recovery
- We also engage guests speakers such as Chris Herren, Matt Bellace, Christopher Kennedy Lawford, Tom McLellan, and many others.
Through a series of informational community events, forums, panel discussions and more, we provide access to professional resources, substance abuse treatment options and programs. Above all, we encourage conversation between all parties and often break into small groups to make discussion easier and feel less like a lecture. Programs culminate with a question and answer session, which allows for even more engagement with the subjects at hand. Please visit the various pages listed under “Resources” for a wealth of supportive information.
While we hope to raise awareness among those who care about young children, teens, and young adults, we truly welcome all community members to join in the Conversation. Our efforts are focused on community programs because we believe “it takes a village” to understand, encourage, and support young people who are subjected to an increasingly complex and challenging world.
We welcome the opportunity to bring our engaging and creative programs to your community. School districts – whether public, private or parochial – are an ideal conduit for bringing together families, community leaders, and young people for meaningful conversations about substance abuse. We also work with municipalities, foundations, agencies and other organizations that are interested in addressing topics related to drug and alcohol use, abuse and addiction. Please contact Executive Director Kim Rubenstein for more information: 215-416-5604 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Be a Part of the Conversation supports many pathways to recovery. We do not assess individuals, nor do we provide treatment or counseling. Instead, we welcome everyone to join in on our candid conversations as a means of supporting one another. We strive to provide comprehensive information about treatment options and a variety of recovery solutions.
While all of us at Be a Part of the Conversation sincerely hope that young people will reject the use of drugs or the underage consumption of alcohol, our expectation is not that they will have already decided to abstain from drinking alcohol or consuming drugs. What we would like to encourage in young people is an honest and meaningful conversation about the challenges that they face, and a greater understanding of how adolescents and young adults navigate the difficult decisions that confront them in today’s world.
We hold Conversation events several times throughout the year. For a complete list of events visit: conversation.zone/upcoming-events/
You may also visit our Calendar where we make an effort to list events hosted by similar programs in our area:
Parent support meetings are held weekly throughout the year. Please visit this page to find a meeting near you: conversation.zone/meetings/
Please consider seeking professional help if you are concerned about someone who you believe is dependent on alcohol or other drugs.
>> Visit a list of professional resources here.