Good News NC shifts perspective at the Silver Springs High School Health Fair

20140523_150839By Melissa Kelley, Prevention Advocate
May 23, 2014
 

As fate would have it, I  probably have one of the coolest jobs on the planet; Arriving here by choice, chance, and a lot of hard work. I am a Prevention Advocate for the Coalition for a Drug Free Nevada County and Community Recovery Resources (CoRR) where I am just one of the hundreds of community members promoting successful youth and a promising future for all.

As a local outreach person and prevention worker, I just spent the larger part of my day hanging out with some pretty remarkable teenagers at the Silver Springs High School Health Fair. At first, sharing the Good News required explanation: “The Positive is the spirit of hope and community that we all share in the knowledge that, irrespective of our temporary conditions, we can better ourselves, our cultures and the world.” (Dr. Jeff Linkenbach). As simple as this concept seems, it’s actually a much more complex task to shift an entire culture, to highlight the amazing things people do in, for, and through our community.

Why Good News? There are so many ways that positive news can improve our lives by bringing emotional well-being, inspiration and health. We know that we won’t have to look too far in Nevada County to find Good News about people young and old here in our wonderful community.

One thing was evident from my adventure today, high school has changed an awful lot in the last 20 years. As the day went on, I had increasingly more participants who shared their life stories with me…stories of impact from returning home after living in foster care, getting six months clean, qualifying for the Navy, and surviving traumatic experiences like gun shot wounds. What a remarkable group of adolescents: In school and participating in a Health Fair instead of running around on the streets and getting into trouble as the media would have us believe teens are doing at increasing rates. Pay attention adults…this is the future. Our future rests in the hands of these incredible youth who have overcome such adversity that I left the campus feeling motivated, inspired, and blissful at having had the opportunity to bask in the glow of their youthful spirits. My new friends hung out long after the event ended and we talked…future plans, past experiences, the wonder of what tomorrow could possibly bring.

We are constantly immersed in tragic stories—from television news to films, novels and TV programs. Good News NC seeks to shift the tragedy, not ignore reality, but embrace another reality by highlighting what’s RIGHT with our youth and our community as a whole. The inspiring real-life stories we will tell here are stories of faith, hope and love, stories of challenges overcome as well as small unexpected moments of grace.

More importantly, our inspiring true stories are about you and me and by people like us. People who have discovered how to live their lives with more hope and joy and, through their stories and experiences, have helped others to do the same.

This is an opportunity for you to share a piece of your story with others. You can ask for your name to be left out for anonymity and share your story in a general way. Either way… please share. Your light may provide strength and encouragement for someone else in their time of need. The caves you’ve traveled into and come out of with grace and dignity may be just the right words for someone on the verge of losing hope. Continue to recognize the beauty that is all around us in our community and TELL people about it! If you see a teenager picking up trash, thank them. Good News spreads like wildfire if we let it. Let us encourage, uplift, and inspire our community to take action and promote the positive. Good News NC offers change for the better for Nevada County. Let us nurture the seeds of the future so that our children’s children will know that they, too, have the opportunity to shine. After all…nothing grows without sunshine!

Share your Good News story at www.GoodNewsNC.us

Contact: Melissa Kelley, Prevention Advocate
Email: mkelley@corr.us
Phone: 530-273-9541 ext. 226

Summer’s Coming! Tips & Tricks for Parents of Children and Teens

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Here it is – the way to keep boredom at bay this summer! See the list of 2014 Summer Activities for Children and Teens produced for our community, compliments of the Community Support Network of Nevada County. Feel free to pass this on to friends, family and whoever needs help planning an awesome summer. It’s organized by date. Be sure to check back often for updates to this list. Now go out and have fun in our beautiful Nevada County this summer!

Summertime can be a risky time for teens

Teens tend to have more free time in the summer and there is a strong correlation between free time and risk-taking among teens. This could mean rock and bridge jumping in rivers or lakes, extreme watersports, or off-road activities out at Greenhorn. It could also mean the temptation to experiment with alcohol, marijuana or sexual activity. Short of locking them up, there is no silver bullet to prevent any of the above. Parents of teens know that the chances of something going awry are pretty good. It does not however, have to be as a result of a lack of planning.

If you are a parent or have teens in your life consider this reducing risks plan for summer:

1Plan 1 – Do a home inventory:  With school out for summer, it’s likely that your home could turn into a hang out spot for your teen and their friends. Inventory what you have around the house that could potentially pose a risk or be a temptation for experimentation. It could be alcohol, tobacco, prescription medications, or even medical marijuana. Now is a good time to think about how you can limit access to these substances. It may be time to consider a locking cabinet, or another secure location that you can monitor. Also, did you know that you can safely dispose of expired or unwanted prescription medications for free?  Visit DrugFreeNevadaCounty.org for safe disposal locations.

2Plan 2 – Prepare for boredom:  With the routine of daily school activities suspended for the summer months, before you know it you your likely to get a call on the phone while you’re at work asking to go to place A, with friend B, whom you’ve actually never met, but is a friend of friend C, whom you know quite well. And oh by the way, they’ll be home before you get home, and they’ll keep their cell phone on. Most teens are inherently honest and able to resist potential negative influences of peers and wild ideas— However, they can still sense weakness and, if they can get their otherwise logical parent who normally would insist on all facts and details with 24-hour notice to budge in this one moment, the door is open for compromise. Work with your teen to make plans in advance and stick with the 24-hour notice rule for activity outside of the home. If friend B is really that important to your teen, they’ll make plans within your guidelines. While most Nevada County teens say they don’t need alcohol or drugs to have fun, peer influence, boredom, hot summer days, and hormones can be a recipe for mischief.

3Plan 3 – Have A Plan for FUN and Down Time – Endless surveys of teens show that they are often more worried, more stressed and more over-extended than any other teen generation that has come before them. Sleeping a few days away is not going to be the end of your bright-eyed sassy teenager. Spending time with an approved list of friends hanging aimlessly at the river or lakes may be just what they need to decompress and refocus. Plan in advance for ways that you and your teenager can do just that – relax. Don’t forget to keep them informed of appropriate behavioral expectations before turning them loose by having a conversation with them before they go out with friends and check in to see how their day went. Teens want their voices to be heard and it’s a nice reminder to them that you care what they’re doing and who they’re associating with by asking them if they had fun and what they did.

Have a safe, well-planned summer.

See the list of 2014 Summer Activities for Children and Teens produced for our community, compliments of the Community Support Network of Nevada County.

Recovery Enrichment Series ~ Free Community Events

The Coalition and CoRR are pleased to present a one-of a kind FREE community Recovery Enrichment Series. The focus of this bi-monthly series is to provide FREE education, information, and life enrichment for our amazing community. Beginning in February, 2014, we kicked off the series with renowned speaker Father Tom Weston who spoke about recovery. In April, D.r Christina Lasich presented Foods that Trigger Pain and Relapse with an over-whelming number of community attendees.These events are absolutely FREE to attend and open to anyone who would like to attend. Space is limited so please RSVP right away to reserve your seat ~ Melissa Kelley 530-273-9541 ext. 226; email – mkelley@corr.us

Coming Up SOON in the Recovery Enrichment Series:

RES 06_26_2014 FeatureSpecial Guest Speaker, Dr. Helen Crawford: Managing Depression Without Medication ~ Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Being depressed can make you feel helpless. You’re not. With help and support from trusted individuals and settings, there’s a lot you can do on your own to fight back. Changing your behavior — your physical activity, lifestyle, and even your way of thinking — are all natural depression treatments. Do you want to learn natural depression treatments that can help you feel better — starting right now?

Please join us for our third installment of the new Recovery Enrichment Series.  Special Guest Speaker, Dr. Helen Crawford: Managing Depression Without Medication. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to be inspired and enrich your journey!  Download Flyer HERE

Continuing Education Credits available for the  Recovery Enrichment Series: Community Recovery Resources is approved to provide two (2.0) continuing education units (CEU’s): BBS #PCE2459, CAADAC #5-01-456-0215.

June 26th, 2014
5:30pm – 7:30pm
The Campus
180 Sierra College Drive, Grass Valley, CA 95945

RES 08_21_2014 FeatureSpecial Guest Speaker, Lucinda Porter, RN presents Hepatitis C: Preventable and Curable ~ Thursday, August

Please join us for our fourth installment of the Recovery Enrichment Series.  Special Guest Speaker, Lucinda Porter, RN presents Hepatitis C: Preventable and Curable. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to be inspired and enrich your journey! Lucinda’s books, blogs and articles offer practical tips, humor and encouragement, guiding patients to live well and free from the burden of hepatitis C. For more information, to read her blog, or to connect with Lucinda, visit www.LucindaPorterRN.com, Facebook @LucindaPorterRN, Twitter https://twitter.com/LucindaPorterRN. Download Flyer HERE

Continuing Education Credits available for the Recovery Enrichment Series: Community Recovery Resources is approved to provide two (2.0) continuing education units (CEU’s): BBS #PCE2459, CAADAC #5-01-456-0215.

August 21st, 2014
5:30pm – 7:30pm
The Campus
180 Sierra College Drive, Grass Valley, CA 95945

Special Guest Speaker, Bruce Pardoe: Mindfulness, Live in the present ~ Wednesday, November 5th, 2014FEATURE web 11-5-2014

Bruce Pardoe has been practicing meditation in the Vipassana tradition of Buddhism since 2006. During that period, he has focused on intensive long-term silent retreats of up to three months in duration through Spirit Rock in Marin, CA and the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA. His teachers have included the western masters John Travis, Jack Kornfield and Joseph Goldstein. In March of 2011, Bruce founded an inclusive, interactive meditation group named Your Place Too which he continues to lead to this day. In 2012 he was invited to become a teacher trainee at Mountain Stream Meditation Center in Nevada City, CA. In addition to offering talks to the community, he is now leading for the fourth time the 6 week “Beginning Series of Meditation” courses. Bruce also serves dharma practice as the president of the board of directors for Mountain Stream.

Please join us for our fifth installment of the Recovery Enrichment Series.  Special Guest Speaker, Bruce Pardoe: Mindfulness, Live in the present. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to be inspired and enrich your journey!

Continuing Education Credits available for the  Recovery Enrichment Series: Community Recovery Resources is approved to provide two (2.0) continuing education units (CEU’s): BBS #PCE2459CAADAC #5-01-456-0215.

November 5th, 2014
5:30pm – 7:30pm
The Campus
180 Sierra College Drive, Grass Valley, CA 95945

Recovery Enrichment Series: Dr. Christina Lasich presents Foods that Trigger Pain & Relapse

Pain happens but it does not have to happen all the time. If you eat the wrong foods, you’ll likely experience more pain in your life than if you were eating the right foods. So what makes foods wrong or right? What causes food to trigger pain? On April 24th, 2014, I will take the audience on an exploration of pain and things that you put in the grocery cart that might cause pain. And for those that are recovering from chemical addiction, the last thing you want is pain because pain can lead to relapse. Join us for the next installment of our Recovery Enrichment Series because we at Community Recovery Resources do not want pain or relapse to happen to you.
~ Dr. Lasich, Medical Director

Please join us for our second installment of the new Recovery Enrichment Series kicked off in February by coveted speaker, Father Tom Weston. We are pleased to announce that the distinguished Dr. Lasich will be presenting on Foods that Trigger Pain and Relapse. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to be inspired and enrich your journey!

Space is limited so please RSVP right away to reserve your seat.

RSVP to:

Email: srogers@corr.us

Phone: 530-273530-273-7956

About Dr. Christina Lasich
Dr. Christina Lasich, M.D. began her medical career after graduating from the University of California, Davis School of Medicine with honors. Her interests in orthopedics and physical therapy lead her to the field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. This specialty field serves those with chronic conditions with an emphasis on improving quality of life and independence. After leaving residency training, she returned to her hometown of Grass Valley, CA to open her practice in 2001. She quickly found an underserved population of people with chronic pain, especially women in pain. Her life, her practice, and her book – High Heels To Hormones – all reflect a philosophy that pain is a signal for the individual to improve habits, life-style, and nutrition. She views pain as the ultimate motivator and that pain is also a doorway to transformation.

Continuing Education Credits now available for the upcoming Recovery Enrichment Series: Foods that Trigger Pain and Relapse, Presented by Dr. Christina Lasich, CoRR Medical Director.

Community Recovery Resources is approved to provide two (2.0) continuing education units (CEU’s):
BBS #PCE2459
, CAADAC #5-01-456-0215.

To read more about Dr. Lasich’s remarkable contribution to our community, visit her website. www.healingwomeninpain.com

April 24, 2014Foods that Trigger Pain and Relapse 4-24-14

5:30pm – 7:30pm

The Campus

180 Sierra College Drive

Grass Valley, CA 95945

RSVP to:

Email: srogers@corr.us

Phone: 530-273-7956

Click HERE to view and download flyer

 

As we near the end of 2013, we thought we would reflect on all the ways you have helped to make a difference.

Looking back at a year in prevention…

We’re grateful to you for taking the time to be involved this past year in helping to create a community where young people can thrive and succeed, free from the impacts of substance use. On behalf of the amazing young people in our community, thank you for volunteering. You have emailed, staffed fair booths, collected Rx medications for safe disposal, volunteered at NEO events, provided education and resources, attended meetings and focus groups, webinars and trainings, donated items and shown our young people we care about them and support them in being the best they can be without the use of drugs and alcohol.  Here are some highlights of progress made in 2013:

  • Developed first ever Report Card to Community with local data and trends in youth drug and alcohol use. We were encouraged to report declining alcohol use among teens and other progress in addition to our focus on challenges still at hand. Presented Report Card at Community Town Hall with 157 in attendance. View report HERE
  • Began campaign to grow positive social norms in our community. We already know Nevada County teens are amazing, but did you know that Most Choose Not to Drink Alcohol?  We hung 390 posters that highlight positive student choices  at 3 high schools, 2 middle schools, in theatre ads, and on Facebook, websites and other media.
  • 119 health care providers and educators in Nevada County have been trained in Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) since 2010. SBIRT is an evidenced based prevention model in which providers screen for risky alcohol and other drug use at a teachable moment and helps them become motivated to change. We also helped regional prevention partners in Truckee and Placer provide SBIRT training for providers in their community.
  • This year Nevada County was 3rd largest in state in terms of volume of pounds turned in at the DEA’s Take Back Day. In 2013 alone, Nevada County community members turned in more than 1,910 lbs of expired and unwanted prescription medications for safe disposal. The Grass Valley Police Department makes this possible by servicing Local Safe Disposal Sites at Kmart, Rite Aid, Save Mart and in the lobby of GVPD. Special thanks to the participating pharmacies for being champions in promoting prescription drug safety and helping to keep our kids and our water drug free.
  • The Coalition and NEO partnered with Nevada County Sheriff’s and the state department of Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) to prevent underage drinking in Nevada County. Together we developed the “No Thanks Campaign”, an interactive student outreach program which we presented at four schools to more than 670 students while passing out hundreds of T Shirts.
  • Helped to enhance local Youth Safe Havens:
    • The HangOut: average of 40 youth participants daily with four adult volunteers daily
    • Overtime: average of 74 youth participants on Fridays with 14 adults
  • Increased our community’s capacity for preventing youth substance use by training more than 200 youth and adults in prevention, youth leadership and youth development.
  • The Coalition and NEO conducted a total of 74 prevention education and awareness presentations in our community and at middle, high school and college campuses.
  • The Coalition and NEO hosted a week long celebration of health, called Wellness Week, at Nevada Union. Partnering with the Youth Opposing Tobacco for Health and Peer Advocates Clubs.  The festive week hosted daily themes and activities including Spirit Day, which featured a lunchtime golf cart parade with live music; Love is Louder Day, where youth were able to express what they love about themselves; R U Ok? Day based on the global movement to create awareness about mental health; Kick (Cigarette) Butts Day in which youth were are to learn important facts about tobacco use and pie the Marlboro Man; and Laugh More Day aimed at reducing stress and encouraging youth to enjoy life.  In addition to the lunch time activities, we brought assembly speaker Jeremy Bates of Revolution Speak to Nevada Union, Park Avenue and Bear River high schools.  During his 3 days here, Jeremy was able to lead four assemblies, and student and teacher workshops speaking to a total of 1400 people with his powerful and inspirational story.

 

Holiday Mocktail Contest 2013

Community Recovery Resources and the Coalition for a Drug Free Nevada County invite you to participate in our first ever Mocktail Recipe Contest. 

The purpose of the “Mocktail Contest” is to blend this fun and festive contest with the important message of being safe and responsible during the holiday season. Join us in creating awareness about drinking responsibly and encourage hosts to offer delicious, non-alcoholic beverages to their guests. We know that this helps keep our streets safer through the Holidays.

The Holidays are the perfect time to introduce friends and family to the concept of Mocktails – visually appealing, non-alcoholic and delicious  beverages to serve at parties, and to order while you are out on the town. The contest offers holiday entertainers and local restaurants and bars a few new delicious recipes to serve their guests.

You are invited to submit a recipe online here: Submit your recipe HERE! Entries can be made between now and Thursday December 19th, 2013 at Noon. The winner will be chosen on Friday the 20th.

The Winner will receive “Movies and Dessert” for two.

 

 

Talk. They Hear You.

The greatest influence on young people’s decisions to begin drinking or doing other drugs is the world they live in, including family, friends, schools, and the community environment.

PARENTS, you should know that the greatest influences on teens decision to be free from using alcohol or other drugs is YOU.
(U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Surgeon General’s Call to Action To Prevent and Reduce Underage Drinking)    

Sometimes parents are not sure how to have the conversation, and so may avoid it entirely. When was the last time you talked to your children about alcohol? Has it been a while? Are you wondering how to have the conversation?

It’s never too early to talk to your kids about alcohol. If you talk to them directly and honestly they are more likely to respect your rules and advice about alcohol use.

Here are some considerations to begin having these important conversations:

Short and frequent discussions can have a real impact on your child’s decisions about alcohol. Sitting down for the “big talk” about alcohol can be intimidating for both you and your child. Little talks take the pressure off of trying getting all the information out in one lengthy discussion, and your child will be less likely to tune you out. Try using these opportunities to talk; in the car, during dinner, or while you and your child are watching TV. And remember, the conversation goes both ways. It’s important to hear their point of view and listen to their feelings, concerns too.

They may even ask some tough questions like “Did you drink when you were a kid?” If you drank as a teenager, you’ll probably want to be honest but acknowledge that it was risky. Or, “Why do you drink?” you could point out that when you choose to drink it’s always in moderation to enhance a meal, or celebrate a special occasion with friends or family. You could also share with them that some people should not drink at all. Make a clear distinction between alcohol use among children and among adults.

Here’s another example of a great opportunity to talk about the risks of drinking: With football season in full swing we can expect to see more alcohol advertisements on TV. Studies show that exposure to enticing alcohol advertisements can influence young adolescent perceptions about acceptable drinking behavior and underage drinking in general. So talk about it… Not in a “Wow, that was a cool ad they had on during the Super Bowl,” kind of way. More like this; “Wow, they really make drinking alcohol look cool, don’t they? But drinking alcohol can really get people into lots of trouble — let’s talk about it”.

The Coalition for a Drug Free Nevada County is partnering with SAMSHA to prevent underage drinking. Visit these web links for more information on the Talk they Hear You Campaign and other helpful tips and resources:

https://www.cncyouth.org/nccommitted/

http://www.samhsa.gov/underagedrinking/index.aspx

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cn9enF9awM4

http://www.drugfreenevadacounty.org

http://www.corr.us

Coat Drive ~ Warm Hearts & Hands 2013

Community Recovery Resources has teamed up with community partners Sierra Nevada Children’s Services and the Salvation Army on the 2013 Warm Hearts & Hands Coat Drive.    Many people lack enough warm clothing to stay protected throughout winter, and lack the money to buy that clothing.  Help those in need stay warm this winter.

Warm Hearts & Hands is a free community event!

DROP OFF:

Please drop off your gently used coats to one of the convenient drop-off locations by October 25th.

  • Salvation Army – 10725 Alta Street, Grass Valley, CA 95945
  • Sierra Nevada Children’s Services – 256 Buena Vista Street, Ste 101, Grass Valley, CA 95945
  • CoRR – 180 Sierra College Drive, Grass Valley, CA 95945

OR…

  • Nevada County Superintendent of Schools – 112 Nevada City Hwy, Nevada City, CA  95959
  • Alta Sierra School – 16607 Annie Drive, Grass Valley, CA 95949
  • Cottage Hill School- 22600 Kingston Lane, Grass Valley, CA 95949
  • Deer Creek Elementary – Hoover Lane, Nevada City, CA 95959
  • Grass Valley Charter School – 225 South Auburn Street, Grass Valley, CA 95945
  • Magnolia School – 22431 Kingston Lane, Grass Valley, CA 95949
  • Ready Springs FRC – Penn Valley

GIVEAWAY:

Are you in need of a warm coat for the upcoming season? This year, we have THREE locations on separate days for added convenience. Join us at NO COST.

November 5th –
10:00am – 6:00pm
November 6th –
10:00am – 4:00pm
November 7th –
10:00am – 4:00pm
CoRR – The Campus Sierra Nevada Children’s  Services Salvation Army
180 Sierra College Drive 256 Buena Vista Street, Ste 101 10725 Alta Street
Grass Valley, CA 95945 Grass Valley, CA 95945 Grass Valley, CA 95945
(530) 273-9541 (530) 272-8866 (530) 274-3500

Want to help out?

We need assistance getting the donated items washed and sorted.

To volunteer or for more information, please contact Melissa Kelley (530) 273-9541 ext 226 or mkelley@corr.us

 

~ Recovery Happens at The Campus ~ September 27th, 2013

RECOVERY HAPPENS AT THE CAMPUS

Join the voices of recovery, together on pathways to wellness.

Community Recovery Resources and the Coalition for a Drug Free Nevada County join in
observance promoting the message that prevention works, treatment is effective and people can and do recover. Behavioral health is essential to overall health. We honor and celebrate individuals in recovery just as we would those who are managing other health conditions like heart disease or diabetes.

 September is National Recovery Month and recovery is happening…here, there, and everywhere! This year’s theme highlights two ideas—that individuals are not alone on the journey toward recovery and that there are many paths to recovery, including medical care and other professional treatment, group support, and self-help.

This event also marks the One-Year Anniversary of The Campus ~ Grass Valley!
A vision made possible through years of hard-work and passion!

 Download Flyer

 Who’s Invited? YOU ARE! Staff and clients – current and alumni –  Family, friends, loved ones, and supporters alike – come out and show support for the recovering community!ž   

CoRR’s Recovery Alumni Association and the Coalition for a Drug Free Nevada County invite you to join the voices of recovery on
September 27th from 4pm to 7pm

in celebration of those who are recovering and the people and organizations who make recovery possible. We will have interactive booth stations representing the progress of our programs over the last year including:

  • Impaired vision goggles 
  • Recovery Rocks
  • The Conversation Couch
  • Unity Circle
  • The Ball Pit
  • Water play for the children with our child development staff who have served
    nearly 200 little ones since the Campus opened last year
  • RAA Bake sale with What’s Up Coffee
  • Tours of The Campus (4:30pm & 5:30pm)
  • Musical entertainment

 PLEASE ENCOURAGE YOUR COMMUNITY TO ATTEND.
This event is easy, free, fun, and open to all to stop by anytime between 4:00-7:00. at the Campus,

 180 Sierra College Drive in Grass Valley.

 WANT TO VOLUNTEER? Call us at 530.273.9541