Substance Abuse


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For the third year in a row, Perkiomen Valley School District is partnering with Be a Part of the Conversation to offer parents resources for talking with their children about substance abuse. We are pleased to announce the following topics for the coming school year:

"Have You Had the Conversation?" How to Talk to Your Kids About Substances

The time is now to talk with our kids about drugs and alcohol. At this workshop, we will have a conversation about the reality of when and how kids are introduced to substances, how to have a conversation with children about loved ones who might be struggling with substance abuse, and how to create an environment for open and effective communication about substances.

If you missed this November presentation, you can find relevant materials here:


"Isolation: The New Drug of Choice"

According to adolescent therapists, “Parents frequently tell us that they have to beg their teens to get out of the house and see their friends, instead of holding them back and implementing curfews. And when you talk to them about isolating, they talk about it like it is a drug.”

The effects of social isolation on mental health are overwhelmingly negative. Furthermore, ongoing loneliness and isolation can also create physical symptoms. Therefore, research shows that chronic loneliness has the following effects:

• Increased stress response and cortisol levels
• Less restful and less restorative sleep
• Negative impact on physical health; more detrimental for overall health than obesity, smoking, or high blood pressure
• Greater risk of suicide
• More alcohol and drug use
• Depression and anxiety
• Poor self-care, such as bathing, grooming, and nutrition
• Decrease in positive outlook

Justin Levin, M.A., CAADC will talk with parents about how we can encourage young people to stop isolating. With the advent of laptops, high-speed wifi, smart phones, Snapchat, Pinterest, Netflix, single shooter video games, it isn’t hard to wonder why teens and young adults prefer to stay in their rooms during their free time rather than connect with their peers IRL (in real life). This presentation will address the causes of chronic isolation and will guide parents in ways they can help their teens to break the isolation cycle.

If you missed this presentation, please find relevant materials here:


"Cannabis (It's Complicated)"
Thursday, April 30, 2020
6:30 p.m.
Perkiomen Valley High School Library




Archived Presentations from 2018-19 and 2017-18

For information and presentations made in previous years related to substance abuse, please click here

Have You Had the Conversation?


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