Ralph Waldo Emerson
Our Community Task Force’s goal is straightforward – we are collaborators who work to support youth on the prevention, education, and influences of substance abuse and bullying. We look at ourselves as Living Above the Influence. We hope this web site serves as a resource for finding the tools that meet your needs and your circumstances.
A Helpful Guide for Parents and Teens
Good Choices – If it’s Predictable it’s Preventable
Topics: Health and Wellness, Substance Abuse, Personal Safety, Teen Driving, and more… Read more
Download a general information flier about the WL Community Task Force as a PDF.
Adult only Event – October 20, 2016 and Student only Event – October 27, 2016. Professionals in the Law Enforcement, Juvenile Justice System, Mental Health/Counselors, Testimonies, Diversion, Teen Driving, and resources will be some of the professionals on hand to educate, answer questions and support our community.
April of each year we will host Spring Mentor Days for 8th graders at Athey Creek and Rosemont Ridge Middle Schools.
A Conversation with Addiction
Expert Dr. Andy Mendenhall
Why are you and your practice involved with the West Linn Community Task Force?
Can a group such as the West Linn Community Task Force make a difference?
Yes. Awareness and education are critical factors in reducing and preventing drug and alcohol addiction. Our society has done a poor job of effectively educating our population about the disease of addiction. This disease is shrouded with mystery, denial and shame. We must remember that we are a species that is biologically programmed to seek out pleasure. Our society needs to openly talk about these issues and hopefully each person will be better educated about risk taking, and more informed regarding their own mission of “brain ownership.”
A Conversation with Substance Abuse Counselor
How do you know if you suffer from Substance Abuse Disorder (addiction)? Or could it just be “experimenting?”
If you use a substance long enough and consistently enough I believe it would be hard to argue that it is not possible to develop a problematic relationship with that substance…
In the News
What’s Legal Oregon? Read more
Rehabbing Our Ideas About Addiction – WSJ. The focus on prevention is immensely important. We all know that prevention is more efficient than treatment, and without it, we would soon have more patients suffering from substance use than we could afford to treat. click to read
Brain Lecture Events, 2016— The OHSU Brain Institute’s 2016 Brain Awareness Season will delve into the brain science behind three very popular pastimes: alcohol, gaming, and marijuana. Click to read
November 5, 2015. Bringing Addiction to the Forefront. Click to read
Why We Ignore the Obvious: The Psychology of Willful Blindness. “We could know, and should know, but don’t know because it makes us feel better not to know.” Click to read
How to Talk to a Child About a Parent’s Addiction. More than 28 million Americans are children of alcoholics, yet addiction isn’t being talked about in most homes. Instead, children grow up facing a lifetime of issues other kids don’t have to manage. They tend to have more emotional, behavioral and academic problems than other kids, and are four times more likely to become addicts themselves. Click to read
Addiction now Defined as Chronic Brian Disorder, Not Behavior Issue. Addiction is a chronic brain disorder and not simply a behavior problem involving alcohol, drugs, gambling or sex, experts contend in a new definition of addiction, one that is not solely related to problematic substance abuse. Click to read
Understanding Addiction. Many people do not understand why individuals become addicted to drugs or how drugs change the brain to foster compulsive drug abuse. They mistakenly view drug abuse and addiction as strict- ly a social problem and may character- ize those who take drugs as morally weak. Click to read
Research & Statistics
Most drugs of abuse can alter a person’s thinking and judgment, leading to health risks, including addiction, drugged driving and infectious disease.