West Linn Community Task Force

Get Educated

Who, what, where, when, why, and everything in-between

As children grow into teenagers, the temptation to try drugs or alcohol increases dramatically, bullying seems to be everywhere, and mental illness is a growing concern. While not all youth will encounter life changing effects empowering them to recognize and face the influences around them before it starts is life changing.  Educating ourselves and our teens on the risks involved, seeking out help when they need it, and support are of utmost importance in fighting-the-fight.  Prevention and education seem to be our best tool to support ourselves and our children.

  • The Oregon Partnership, statewide non-profit promoting healthy kids and communities through drug and alcohol awareness, drug prevention programs and 24-hour crisis lines for treatment and referrals. more
  • NIDA for Teens
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  • Adolescent Substance Abuse Knowledge Base, sponsored by CRC Health Group.
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  • The Good Drugs Guide
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  • Addiction Center.  Illicit drug information.  Addiction changes the way a person’s brain works, and consequently, the way they think and act. learn more
  • Street Drugs, a source of general information as well as descriptions of and pictures of illegal drugs and update on new trends and drugs hitting the streets.
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Articles Worth Reading

Good Choices, A Helpful Guide for Parents and Teens, If it's Predictable it's Preventable Topics: Health and Wellness, Substance Abuse, Personal Safety, Teen Driving, and more.  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

December 2015. The War on Drugs isn’t Working:  Michael Botticelli’s New Vision.  He serves as the director of the Office of National Drug Control ONDCP   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 Your Kids about Substance Abuse.  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

Why Teens Are Impulsive, Addiction-Prone And Should Protect Their Brains.  Addiction is actually a form of learning.  What happens in addiction is there’s also repeated exposure, except it’s to a substance and it’s not in the part of the brain we use for learning — it’s in the reward-seeking area of your brain.  Read article

Substance Use News, Blogs and Recovery Informational Sites

Huffington Post - Addiction and Recovery

Heros in Recovery


Sober Info

Rehab Reviews


The Fix




1 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent and Reduce Underage Drinking: A Guide to Action for Educators. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Surgeon General, 2007.



This resource list is intended to guide parents and teens to sites that contain general and specific information about substance abuse/use and bullying. We’re not saying these are the best sites or the only sites, just that these are some we found useful.