As we navigate the unprecedented challenges with the COVID-19 pandemic, Be a Part of the Conversation is committed to keeping vital conversations going!

Every Tuesday at 7 pm we will host an Online Program addressing substance use, misuse and addiction and its impact on individuals and their families by building a culture of awareness and support.

Join us on Tuesday, June 9 at 7 pm for the next topic in our series of online programs.

This program is especially for parents whose kids are between 15 and 25. We’ll explore adolescent and young adult development, and ways that substance use can impact maturation, mental health, self-reliance, and their readiness to launch.

Whether our kids are just starting high school, planning for college, searching for their first job, or struggling to determine their next steps in life, we may find ourselves teetering on the parenthood fence. Are we still their caregiver? Their disciplinarian? Their problem solver? What are our boundaries? Can we see the line between being supportive and loving, and being the rescuer/protector? How does that change once they attend college or leave home?

Meet Our Presenters

Troy Jackson, MSS, LSW

Private Practice Clinician
Ethos Treatment, LLC

Learn more about Troy

Kim Porter, CFRS

Executive Director
Be a Part of the Conversation

Learn more about Kim

Daniel Rubenstein

Person in Recovery

Learn more about Daniel

Haydn Briggs, MSS

Private Practice Clinician

Learn more about Haydn
Register for the June 9 Online Program, “Preparing Your Child to Launch”

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the program.

Coming Up!

Tuesday, June 9 at 7 pm

“Preparing Your Child to Launch.”

This program is especially for parents whose kids are between 15 and 25. We’ll explore adolescent and young adult development, and ways that substance use can impact maturation, mental health, self-reliance, and their readiness to launch.

Whether our kids are just starting high school, planning for college, searching for their first job, or struggling to determine their next steps in life, we may find ourselves teetering on the parenthood fence. Are we still their caregiver? Their disciplinarian? Their problem solver? What are our boundaries? Can we see the line between being supportive and loving, and being the rescuer/protector? How does that change once they attend college or leave home?

Register for “Preparing Your Child to Launch” on June 9

This program is funded by the
Montgomery County Office of Drug & Alcohol.

Tuesday, June 16 at 7 pm

“Clearing the Air:  Vaping, nicotine and marijuana.”

Kids are wired to try new things. Whether it’s nicotine, THC (marijuana), or “just” flavoring, the current trend, both nationally and locally, is vaping. Along with other risky behaviors, this is something we need to have a conversation about, as parents and as a community that cares.

• We’ll discuss ways we can help kids to break away from cultural pressures.
• The teenage brain is built to take risks. How can we encourage smart choices?
• Vaping can involve flavored liquids, nicotine, or THC (marijuana). We’ll learn about the implications of each.

Register for “Clearing the Air: Vaping, nicotine and marijuana.” on June 16

This program is funded by the
Montgomery County Office of Drug & Alcohol.

Tuesday, June 23 at 7 pm

“Being LGBTQIA+ & Healing from Substance Use”

Why is the LGBTQIA+ community at a greater risk for Substance Use Disorder? Adults defined as “sexual minorities” are more than twice as likely as heterosexual adults to have used any illicit drug in the past year. Social stigma, discrimination, and other challenges can lead to stress and treatment barriers that put this population at risk for addiction and other behavioral health challenges.

We’ll have a conversation with treatment specialists and those with lived experience to increase our awareness and understanding, and to explore treatment options and learn how we can support recovery.

Register for “Being LGBTQIA+ & Healing from Substance Use” on June 23

This program is funded by the
Montgomery County Office of Drug & Alcohol.

Tuesday, June 30 at 7 pm

“Pathways to Recovery”

We’ll take a deeper look into the various programs that support sustained recovery: 12 Step programs, outpatient therapy, Recovery Dharma, collegiate recovery programs, MAT (Medication Assisted Treatment), sober active communities, and an array of other opportunities to practice self-care.

Register for “Pathways to Recovery” on June 30

Follow Up on Past Online Programs

#1 in Our Series of Online Programs

“Pathways to Recovery” from March 31

Visit our Pathways to Recovery page for a recording of our presentation, plus a whole lot more helpful information!

Visit our “Pathways to Recovery” page.

View the recorded presentation.

#2 in Our Series of Online Programs

“Transitioning Technology 2B Healthy” from April 7

Visit our Technology page for a recording of our presentation, plus a whole lot more helpful information!

Visit our “Technology” page.

View the recorded presentation.

#3 in Our Series of Online Programs

“Parents & Our Boundaries During a Pandemic” from April 14

Visit our Parents page for a recording of our presentation, plus a whole lot more helpful information!

Visit our “Parents” page.

View the recorded presentation.

#4 in Our Series of Online Programs

“Coping with COVID:  Embracing Isolation” from April 21

Visit our Isolation page for a recording of our presentation, plus a whole lot more helpful information!

Visit our “Isolation” page.

View the recorded presentation.

#5 in Our Series of Online Programs

“Pathways to Recovery” from April 28

Visit our Pathways page for a recording of our presentation, plus a whole lot more helpful information!

Visit our “Pathways” page.

View the recorded presentation.

#6 in Our Series of Online Programs

“Parenting On Your Feet” from May 5

Visit our Parents page for a recording of our presentation, plus a whole lot more helpful information!

Visit our “Parents” page.

View the recorded presentation.

#7 in Our Series of Online Programs

“Addiction 101” from May 12

Visit our Addiction 101 page for a recording of our presentation, plus a whole lot more helpful information!

Visit our “Addiction 101” page.

View the recorded presentation.

#8 in Our Series of Online Programs

“Cannabis (it’s complicated)” with Ben Cort, from May 19

Visit our Cannabis (it’s complicated) page for a recording of our presentation, plus a whole lot more helpful information!

Visit our “Cannabis (it’s complicated)” page.

View the recorded presentation.

#9 in Our Series of Online Programs

“Pathways to Recovery” from May 26

Visit our Pathways to Recovery page for a recording of our presentation, plus a whole lot more helpful information!

Visit our “Pathways to Recovery” page.

View the recorded presentation.

#10 in Our Series of Online Programs

“Have You Had the Conversation?” from June 2, 2020

Visit our K-5 Parents page for a recording of our presentation, plus a whole lot more helpful information!

Visit our “K-5 Parents” page.

View the recorded presentation.

Stay Connected Now!

The COVID-19 pandemic has us all trying to navigate uncharted territory with regard to “Social Distancing.” Many of us rely on community connections that are not currently available.

We might be physically separated, but we have options for staying connected! Visit this page to learn about remote meetings of mutual-aid organizations and other support groups.