Community Based Prevention2021-06-15T12:40:20-04:00

Teens Frequently Asked Questions:

Q. What can I do if my friend or loved one is using drugs?2020-09-30T15:40:30-04:00


When you are supporting a friend or loved one that is using drugs, it can be very difficult for you emotionally.  

For additional support, teens can contact RCADD and also visit Alateen, a support group for younger family members and friends of individuals with substance use disorder. 


Alateen: Al-Anon Family Groups. (2019, May 14). Retrieved from https://al-anon.org/for-members/group-resources/alateen/

Bellum, S. (2010, July 20). Real Teens Ask: How Can I Help My Friend? Retrieved April 20, 2020, from https://teens.drugabuse.gov/blog/post/real-teens-ask-how-can-i-help-my-friend

Experts, K. H. B. H. (Ed.). (n.d.). Dealing With Addiction (for Teens) – Nemours KidsHealth. Retrieved from https://kidshealth.org/en/teens/addictions.html

How to Help a Friend. (n.d.). Retrieved April 20, 2020, from https://abovetheinfluence.com/how-to-help/

Q: How do drugs effect our development or our body?2020-05-08T09:55:02-04:00

A: View this short video for the answer.

Q: How do drugs damage the brain/ body?2020-05-07T17:20:21-04:00

A: View this short video for the answer.

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Q: What is addiction/ substance use disorder?2020-05-08T09:55:59-04:00

A: View this short video for the answer.

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Parents are their children’s first Teachers

Q. What should I do if I think my child is using drugs?2020-10-01T14:42:16-04:00


Having the suspicion that a child is experimenting or using drugs can be emotional. Before having the conversation, talk to others in your identified support network, especially if they are involved in raising your child. For help on how to start this conversation, we encourage you to get in touch with us at RCADD.

RCADD offers an evidence-based program called “Teen Intervene” for youth between the ages of 12 and 19. Our goal is to focus on teens experiencing mild to moderate consequences from using drugs.  

This program is a good fit for youth who are using drugs such as alcohol, marijunana and nicotine, who do not meet the criteria for substance use treatment, but are in need of an intervention to prevent the progression of substance use disorder. In light of the Vaping Crisis we are experiencing, this would be a wonderful addition to assist youth who have become addicted to this behavior.

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View Teen Intervene Flyer

RCADD also provides a free educational and support program for family members called HOPE. It is important for parents, caregivers and loved ones to have support, as well as receive more information on substance use disorders. This program will go over the signs and symptoms of substance use, explore avenues of support, and more.

View and Download HOPE Flyer

Contact Us For Additional Information: 

Q. What are some warning signs of drug use?2020-07-24T16:02:36-04:00


Physical Signs

  • Small pupils
  • Decreased respiratory rate
  • Non-responsiveness
  • Drowsy
  • Loss or increase in appetite
  • Weight loss or weight gain
  • Intense flu-like symptoms (nausea, vomiting, sweating, shaky hands, feet or head, large pupils)

Behavioral Signs 

  • Change in attitude and/or personality
  • Tendency to avoid contact with family and/or friends
  • Change in friends, hobbies, activities and/or sports
  • Drops in grades or performance at work
  • Isolation and secretive behavior
  • Moodiness, irritability, nervousness, giddiness
  • Tendency to steal
  • Wearing long-sleeves or hiding arms

Advanced Signs

  • Missing medications
  • Burnt or missing spoons and/or bottle caps
  • Syringes
  • Small bags with powder residue
  • Missing shoelaces and/or belts
Q. How do I talk to my child about drugs and the impact on the body?2020-06-15T14:55:54-04:00


Family Support

HOPE Program 

Families trying to cope with a loved one who is struggling with Substance Use Disorder (SUD) may experience a strong internal tug of war that can strain the strongest bonds. Supporting a family member who is suffering from this disease is an incredibly difficult and exhausting task. HOPE is an educational and support program for families affected by SUDs. 


  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of substance use
  • Understand the mental & emotional impact on families living with a person with SUD
  • Explore avenues of support
  • Learn about stages of recovery

HOPE is a Strictly Confidential Program. Families can meet one-on-one or in a group setting with a facilitator who is experienced in the field of addiction and working with families. HOPE IS HERE! WE CAN HELP!

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Foundations Recovery Community Center (FRCC)

FRCC provides peer-to-peer recovery support services to individuals and families in all stages of recovery by supporting multiple pathways to recovery. They also educate the community on effective outcomes associated with receiving appropriate information, treatment and recovery support. These services are free of charge.


Individual and group presentations are available both in person and virtually. These educational presentations are engaging, informative, and age appropriate.

Presentations for students/youth:

 Dangers of Vaping 

Students will learn the most up-to-date information available about vaping, as well as busting common myths about its safety.  By the end of the presentation, teens will understand the dangers of vaping and the tricks used in its marketing.

Social Media Safety

Students will have the opportunity to discuss this highly influential platform from another perspective. We discuss privacy settings, approval of friends, the concept of oversharing, and more. 

Presentations for Parents/Adults:

Vaping 101- What Parents and Concerned Adults Need to Know

This engaging presentation is designed for parents/adults to educate themselves on what vaping is, how it impacts the body, and the latest drug trends to look out for.

Marijuana – What You Need to Know

With the recent changes to the marijuana laws, many teens have questions. Now that it’s legal does that mean it’s safe? Join us for conversation and education on this polarizing topic. Ask questions and let’s learn together!

Anxiety and COVID

Parents/adults will learn practical tips on managing their own anxiety related to the pandemic, along with how they can help their children cope with anxiety and isolation. They will also receive resources in the form of web links or printouts for additional help. 

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