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Donna Bonk presented alongside several excellent local speakers on the topic of children, drugs and alcohol in New Jersey, for a meeting of the Colts Neck Community Alliance.
On behalf of The Counseling Center at Freehold, I contributed to the October 28th meeting of the Colts Neck Community Alliance, held at the Colts Neck Library.
The meeting included several speakers who gave concerned parents much to think about, as well as good ideas how to approach the subjects of drugs and alcohol with their children.
Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni spoke about the "new face of heroin" and gave a disturbing update on Monmouth County statistics. Mr. Gramiccioni said one mission of the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office is to create and preserve an environment of safety and security for the citizens of Monmouth County.
Michael DeLeone, founder of the well known Steered Straight program, spoke about heroin statistics and then talked about how and why kids are dying.
I presented a "parents perspective" on talking to children about drugs and alcohol. I reassured attendees that, while treatment is available, one of the best tools they can use to help steer their children away from drugs and alcohol is to maintain open communication on these subjects. Discussions should begin at as early an age as possible.
I believe we were able to give the community members who came to the meeting a lot of information regarding the current drug and alcohol situations in NJ. Attendees left with a helpful skills they can use to monitor their children and be proactive in helping their kids stay straight.
Photo 1: Me (Donna Bonk of The Counseling Center at Freehold) presenting on "Parents' Perspective" and talking to your children about drugs and alcohol.
Photo2: Me (Donna Bonk) with Anita Dedalis, Chairperson of the Colts Neck Alliance.