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IMPACT is committed to changing lives, for good. Our family of services helps restore the health and productivity of individuals, organizations and workplaces leading to an improved quality of life for our entire community.

IMPACT 2-1-1 is a central access point for people in need. During times of personal crisis or community disaster the free, confidential helpline and online resource directory make it easy for residents to get connected to information and assistance.

IMPACT Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services includes consultation and referral for people concerned about alcohol or drug use.

IMPACT Awareness raises community consciousness about risky drinking and promotes healthy lifestyles with the stop drinking [SO MUCH] milwaukee campaign.

IMPACT Workplace Services provides consultation, training and employee assistance programs to foster a healthy and productive work environment.

Alcohol, Tobacco and Marijuana Experimentation Heats Up in Summer

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Each day during the Summer, an average of 6,300 teens try marijuana for the first time – 40 percent more than the rest of the year.

Research shows that teens with unsupervised time are three times more likely to use marijuana or other drugs. Unsupervised teens are also more likely to engage in other risky behaviors such as underage drinking, sexual activity, and cigarette smoking than other teens.

Young people are less likely to use alcohol, tobacco and other drugs if parents communicate their intolerance of the behavior. Setting and enforcing clear rules for conduct, and discussing – in advance – the consequences of breaking them, will help your children to recognize and respect limits.

Talking to your children about drinking and using drugs requires more than delivering one simple “don’t do drugs” message. As kids age, their attitudes about drugs become more sophisticated. Successful anti-drug messages must be customized for the growth stage of your child’s life. And don’t forget to serve as a positive role model for your kids.

Tips for Parents

  • Express interest in your child’s life. Ask questions and really hear what they say. Showing your willingness to listen will help them feel comfortable about opening up to you.
  • Have an open dialog about the consequences of alcohol or drug use, and point out the impact of poor decision-making. Share your fears about their involvement in dangerous behaviors, and encourage them to contemplate how bad choices could affect their ability to attain goals in life.
  • Know where your child is and what he or she will be doing during unsupervised time. Don’t be afraid to ask where they’re going, whom they’ll be with, and what they’ll be doing. Get to know your kids’ friends and their parents also.
  • Discuss the physical effects that drinking alcohol or using drugs can have on someone who is driving. Remind them to never get into a car with someone who has been drinking or using drugs. Make sure they know that you’re willing to pick them up any time from anywhere.
  • Be aware of online computer activity. The availability of drugs through on-line pharmacies is contributing to the latest significant trend in drug use: prescription drug abuse.

IMPACT provides comprehensive assessment and referral services for people concerned about themselves or a loved one; as well as a broad range of prevention and education services aimed at encouraging healthy decisions by young people.            

For more information or to receive a free booklet from IMPACT titled “The Prepared Parent,” please call (414) 256-4808.

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