Family Resources

Educate yourself; Protect others

Be prepared to handle life's difficulties. Follow the steps below to establish your base. From there, connect with others around you to strengthen your support network, share experiences, and navigate challenges together, building resilience, and fostering growth.

  • Step 1: Stigma reduction

    It is important to understand that the words we use matter. Be prepared to talk to others using language that will connect rather than condemn. 
  • Step 2: Prepare your home

    There are many factors that impact a person’s decision to use drugs and alcohol. Availability of substances is one of the most consistent predictors of substance use among youth, and many youth report that home is where they find and try out drugs and alcohol. If you share a home with young people, you can prevent accidental and intentional use by reducing access to substances in the home. 
  • Step 3: Build your toolbox

    Having the conversation with others is going to look different depending on the situation. Head over to SAMHSA's portal for how to talk about mental health.


What next?

If you followed the steps above, congratulations! You are ready for action!

  • Your tribe

    Check in with the ones you care about. If you aren't the type of person to typically talk about mental health issues, start with the ones closest to you. No tribe? You're not alone! Join The RemedyGuard Alliance on Facebook.

    The RemedyGuard Alliance 
  • Your community

    Since 2005, more than half the US has lived in an area with a Drug-Free Community Coalition. Nearly every county has a public health department. There are regional hospitals that serve more rural populations. Point is, there are passionate professionals in your area that would love to connect with you! Take action in your community!

    Take action 
  • Beyond

    Feeling empowered and ready to take on the world? Start your own DFC Coalition! Connect with the coalition development team at CADCA!