Each member in the group has a young adult child addicted to alcohol and/or drugs, some in recovery and some not. Its members feel that because most of the community's drug and alcohol programs are centered on prevention that there is significant lack of information and direction for families once they discover and admit that their child is using and abusing drugs and/or alcohol.
Mother's with a Purpose is striving to fill that void in two ways. Its mission is to raise the community's awareness of the severity and prevalence of drug and alcohol abuse among youths and it seeks to provide timely help, education and support to families of suspected and confirmed drug abusers.
"By making more people aware of this epidemic, we ultimately hope to see a decrease in use, abuse, and addiction to drugs and alcohol in our community," the organization stated.
Organization representatives said that just this year, several young adults raised in Pleasanton died of drug and/or alcohol related abuse. They said that thousands here are addicted to alcohol and/or life threatening drugs including prescription pain killers (oxycotin) methamphetamine, ecstasy, and heroin. Abuse of over-the-counter drugs is a growing and significant problem, as well.
"Sadly, abuse continues to grow unabated because, while our youth are under tremendous pressure to both take risks and achieve, many school personnel and parents have the tendency to 'look the other way," the representatives said. "Mothers with a Purpose feels that by asking the community to join together to keep an eye on our youth and to stay out of denial, our focused efforts can make a difference."
The organization said it is dedicating its effort to the memory of Kelin Jacobsen, whose mother is a member of the group.
"Education is essential in the battle against drug abuse and Mother's with a Purpose hopes to substantially increase the awareness of and education about drug abuse," the organization representatives said. "Clearly, the drug education program taught in our schools fails the majority of our youth, as it fails to educate both students and their families about addiction. The overly simplistic message of 'Just say no!' does not resonate with most young adults. Parents, teachers, administrators, coaches and health care professionals need to understand addiction and be adept at identifying the symptoms of drug and alcohol abuse. Most importantly, they must be willing to step up and speak out when they suspect abuse."
For more information about the organization and its meeting schedule, email: Motherswithapurpose@yahoo.com.
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