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Choosing the Best Path - Youth Gambling

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  • 1. Choosing the Best Path: Avoiding Addictions Presented by: Yvonne Kays, MAT AOD Prevention Health Educator
  • 2. IN OUR FAMILY ?
    • 1 out of every 3 families report being affected by problem drinking
    • 1 out of every 4 children live with an alcoholic parent
    • In most Marion County classrooms over half the students have worried about drugs, gambling or alcohol use in their family
  • 3. New Addiction
    • Oregon is 2 nd only to Nevada for all the opportunities we offer to gamble
    • 88% of problem gamblers are addicted to video slot/poker machines
    • Higher risk of suicide
    • Alcohol/drug use increases risk
    • Treatment is free and confidential in Oregon – call 1-877-MY LIMIT or chat online at 1877mylimit.org
  • 4. HIGHER RISK FOR ADDICTIONS
    • Children with addiction in their families
    • Children who begin use at any early age: 15 and under = 40%
    • 18 and over = 10%
    • Women
  • 5. PERPETUATION OF ADDICTION
    • Children with higher risk for addiction begin use and progress into addiction. and/or
    • They may marry an addictive person. and/or
    • Their children may become addicted.
    • Be aware – choose to avoid the problem
  • 6. THE FAMILY STRUCTURE
    • is altered when a family member becomes dependent
    • Other family members try to cope by behaving differently
  • 7. CONSPIRACY OF SILENCE
    • The “unspoken” rules
    • Don’t Talk
    • Don’t Feel
    • Don’t Trust
  • 8. ROLES IN THE FAMILY
    • Children cope by taking on different roles -
    • And then get stuck in that role.
  • 9. FAMILY HERO
    • The “Good” kid
    • Super responsible
    • Perfectionist
    • Overachiever
  • 10. THE REBEL
    • In trouble
    • Acts out anger
    • Defiant
    • Alcohol & drug use may begin
  • 11. THE LOST CHILD
    • The quiet one
    • Isolates to room
    • Spends time alone
    • Doesn’t draw attention
  • 12. The Mascot
    • Clowns around
    • Distracts, teases
    • Smile becomes mask
    • Uses humor to draw attention
  • 13. Remember the seven C’s
    • I didn’t cause it
    • I can’t control it
    • I can’t cure it
    • I can learn to cope with it
    • By taking better care of myself
    • By communicating my feelings
    • And by making health choices
  • 14. INFORMATION AVAILABLE
    • Al-Anon/Alateen(for family/friends)
    • AA/NA/GA(what is addiction/help)
    • Intervention (how to confront)
    • Specific Drug information
    • Stop Smoking information
    • Problem gambling information

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