The Battle Creek drug and alcohol addiction rehabilitation center, A Forever Recovery, is proud to announce its support of Red Ribbon Week. Red Ribbon Week occurs every October, and this year A Forever Recovery is stepping up to the plate and sponsoring the drug prevention and awareness program in no less than thirteen local schools in the general Battle Creek and Southern Michigan area.
The goal of Red Ribbon week is:
- “To stop drug use, to provide information, and to help those who are already addicted.”
Red Ribbon week theme this year was created by Kristopher “Jeremiah” Oakes and Logan Brehm, sixth graders at Claysburg-Kimmel Elementary School in Claysburg, Pennsylvania, and their awareness program theme has now expanded into a nationwide sensation. A Forever Recovery sees the benefit in this and is more than happy to help out and do whatever it can to raise awareness on the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse and addiction.
The prevention campaign starts with sponsoring local schools with a drug prevention coloring page that will give teachers and educators an opportunity to help teach kids about drugs and why they should just say no to them. A Forever Recovery wants to see this program implemented in all schools all across the state so that Michigan youth stays away from drugs for good. Children of parents who talk to their teens regularly about drugs are 42% less likely to use drugs than those who don’t, yet only a quarter of teens report having these conversations. If children and parents and educators all got together and talked about the elephant in the room then drug abuse would go down, and that is exactly what Red Ribbon Week is all about!
Red Ribbon Week is not a new thing. It has been around for a long time and has been very successful all across the nation. The National Family Partnership actually organized the first Nationwide Red Ribbon Campaign. NFP provides drug awareness by sponsoring this campaign and several others, and A Forever Recovery is thrilled to be able to help out this year. Since its beginning in 1985, the Red Ribbon has touched the lives of millions of people around the world, which is an endeavor and a commitment that A Forever Recovery is proud to stand behind and to support.
A Forever Recovery is dedicated to not only rehabilitating those who are addicted to drugs and alcohol, but to also helping in raising awareness and really working on drug addiction prevention in Michigan. The goal here is to tackle addiction from two different fronts at the same time. Only by addressing both those who are currently addicted and by informing those who might become addicted can drug and alcohol abuse and addiction in any given area be brought to an end fully, and that is exactly the goal behind Red Ribbon Week and A Forever Recovery.