For many of us, the upcoming holiday season is a busy, but happy time spent with family. For parents with children addicted to Meth, the holidays are just like any other day, when you fear that you’ll learn your child is arrested, in the hospital or dead. The Meth Project is a nonprofit that is working towards reducing the use of Methamphetamine through powerful messages and community action programs.
I’ve always had open communication with my daughters, by talking about serious topics in a non-threatening manner and by listening. They know that they can tell me anything and that I’ll do all I can to help them. Talking to them about the consequences of their decisions, from not completing homework to trying drugs is part of our discussions. When they have questions or have made mistakes, it’s easier for them to come to me and talk about it because of our past discussions. The Meth Project wants the same thing to happen – open communication. Their website not only provides information, but a place for tweens and teens to Speak Up without judgement.
The Meth Project has created four new, hard-hitting videos directed by Darren Aronofsky, who most recently directed â€œBlack Swanâ€ with Natalie Portman. They are graphic, but there’s no sugar-coating for this nonprofit. Their goal is to share the dangers of Meth.
Note: This is a graphic video that may not be appropriate for children.
Some facts about Meth:
- The majority of US counties report Meth as their most serious drug problemâ€”more often than cocaine and marijuana combined?
- 45 states reported a 90% increase in Meth-related crime from 2004-2007?
- Meth is a highly addictive synthetic stimulant that affects the pleasure centers of the brain.
- Meth is more addictive than heroin.
- Meth can be swallowed, snorted, smoked, or injected.
We can put our focus on our Thanksgiving dinners, our holiday decorations and our families, or we can do something to help prevent someone from trying Meth by sharing the message of The Meth Project, or help someone who is using Meth.
The Meth Project on Twitter – https://twitter.com/#!/methproject
The Meth Project on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/MethProject