Sometimes it is difficult for parents to accept that their child may be in trouble. A parent may not know how or where to seek help for their teen. Parents may feel helpless when they cannot communicate with their own children about drug use. Luckily, Heart to Heart presentations are there to provide both teens and parents with support, understanding, and assistance with next steps.
On Wednesday, October 9th, 2013, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm the city of Mission Viejo will offer their second annual Heart to Heart Presentation for parents and teens. This community presentation will be free and open to adolescents, young adults, and their families. During the annual event, current and former Phoenix House Academy clients will share their personal experiences related to drug addiction, treatment, and recovery. Speakers will inform the audience about signs and symptoms of drug dependence and discuss treatment options for prevention and early intervention strategies.
The Heart to Heart presentations began last year when Mission Viejo Mayor Rhonda Reardon determined to address the reality of drug abuse that was taking place in her city. Phoenix House Orange County staff member Gil Carmona then joined Ms. Reardon, the Orange County Sherriff Department, and other community representatives to raise awareness of drugs’ damaging impact on local teens and families. Gil thought it would be a great idea to bring in a panel of former and current Phoenix House clients and invite them to share their stories.
Last year’s Phoenix House / Heart to Heart presentation was a huge success; many people even sought treatment for themselves or their families after hearing the personal testimonials of Phoenix House teens. Phoenix House also offered audience members client referrals for admission to Phoenix House, answered general questions about mental health and insurance, and helped participants locate different services in their communities.
Since Heart to Heart audience members relate to the Phoenix House clients speakers, they feel a sense of comfort that motivates them to share their own experiences and ask for help without feeling humiliation or shame. During our client presentations, teens and parents in the audience see themselves mirrored onstage and become more willing to admit their problems and seek support. Many lives were healed thanks to the first Heart to Heart Presentation and we hope to help even more individuals and families this year.
What: “Heart to Heart” for Parents and Teens
Where: Norman P. Murray Community & Senior Center, 24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo, CA
When: Wednesday, October 9, 2013, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
RSVP: Mission Viejo Police Services, 949 470 8433
For more information about our substance abuse and mental health treatment programs, or to refer someone in need for admission to our residential or outpatient services for teens with co-occurring disorders at the Phoenix House Academy in Orange County, please call our Call Center at 1 888 671 9392. We are here to help you find the information and services you need!