PROGRAMS & TOOLKITS
CONNECTING YOUTH TO RECOVERY
PROGRAMS & TOOLKITS
A NOTE FROM THE ORGANIZATION
The reality of drug use among young people continues to be a sensitive issue for many public health and drugs service providers. Predominant approaches that solely focus on drug prevention and ‘just say no’ approaches has left this vulnerable population largely silenced, neglected, stigmatized, and without their needs met. Honest conversations about how to reduce harms related to drug use amongst youth are avoided, and while harm reduction approaches to drug use continue to be implemented and expanded, young people have not benefited from these evidence based services. A number of significant barriers have affected the ability of young people to access life saving harm reduction interventions, including the lack of targeted youth specific services.
Evidence continues to show that young people are highly vulnerable to experiencing drug related harms including HIV and hepatitis. We also now know that harm reduction approaches are among the most effective measures to protect the health and wellbeing of people who use drugs. Young people also have a right to access these services, however they also require a specific, targeted approach that is accessible, that matches their needs, and that is age appropriate.
The “For Lake’s Sake” program has remained committed to principles of non-judgment, respect, and human rights throughout the development of these much needed toolkits. Most importantly, they have ensured that young people most affected by drug use remain at the center of the development process, which is absolutely critical in order for interventions to be relevant, appropriate, accepted, and beneficial. The “For Lake’s Sake” team have also illustrated how youth leadership can be fostered, and have ensured that the capacity of young people who have been affected by drug use or familiar or been around drug use, and
has had a lived experience is promoted throughout.
As the only youth-led network in Fort Wayne, IN that advocates for a harm reduction approach for young people, Teens4ODAW has been honored to be a part of the development of these excellent toolkits. We hope this work will provide a model for the broader implementation of harm reduction approaches for young people and will help us move towards evidence based and humane societal responses for young people who use drugs that effectively reduce drug related harm.
If student needs any resources for one on one peer recovery coaching, counseling, wellness plans and other mental health related services, inpatient and outpatient resources and any harm reduction services, “For Lake’s Sake” can provide these services to that individual. 260-387-5663
PEER RECOVERY COACHING
Connect with a certified peer recovery coach to create a recovery plan. A peer recovery coach brings valuable lived experience with addiction and recovery, and has completed specialized training to effectively provide non-clinical recovery support to individuals in or seeking recovery. Recovery coaches work with clients after they leave rehab in order to reinforce and encourage a healthy lifestyle. They also work with families, helping everyone cope with changes that accompany addiction.
PreVenture is a program that uses personality-focused interventions to promote mental health and reduce the risk of substance use. Our workshops are designed to help students learn useful coping skills, set long term goals, and channel their personality traits towards achieving them so that they can thrive in all areas of their lives. The program aims to equip young people with cognitive behavioral skills to help them develop.
CRAFT FAMILY SUPPORT
AND FAMILY TRAINING
This program is a non-confrontational, evidence-based intervention for helping families affected by addiction. It helps individuals to develop effective strategies for helping a loved one struggling with substance use disorder to seek treatment. We focus on positive reinforcement, rapport building, communication, problem-solving, substance use pattern identification, and more.
FOR LAKE'S SAKE PROGRAM
FENTANYL & DRUG EDUCATION PROGRAM
The FLS Program is a comprehensive fentanyl and drug education initiative designed to equip teenagers and young adults with the knowledge, skills, and resources necessary to make informed decisions about substance use and prioritize their well being. This program addresses the alarming rise in overdose and abuse. The primary objective is to raise awareness and foster deep understanding of the risk and consequences.
EVERY PROGRAM INCLUDES:
1. KNOWLEDGE BUILDING:
comprehensive information on fentanyl, it's potency and risks
education on various forms of drug and poly drug use
program covers signs of addiction
covers topics such as mental health, coping strategies, and lifestyle choices
2. REAL LIFE SCENARIOS:
utilizes realistic case studies to facilitate discussions and critical thinking
exploring potential consequences of substance use
examination of how it can impact personal, academic, and professional lives
3. OPEN DIALOGUE & PEER SUPPORT:
all programs foster a safe and non-judgemental environment
participants can openly discuss concerns, ask questions, and share experiences
peer support groups will be created to encourage support from one another
4. SKILLS DEVELOPMENT:
equips participants with practical skills to resist peer pressure
equips participants to make informed decisions
teaches participants to develop healthy coping mechanisms
learn effective communication strategies
learn stress management techniques
teaches participants ways to build resilience and self esteem
5. RESOURCES AND REFERRALS:
Participants are provided with resources within the program and in their communities
participants receive access to helplines, support groups, counseling services, and rehab centers
participants are educated about harm reduction strategies and naloxone administration
participants are taught the importance of seeking professional help when needed
6. COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
the program emphasizes the importance of community involvement
participants are encourages to become advocates for change
participants are empowered to raise awareness about the dangers of substance use
participants are equipped to reach broader communities through campaigns, workshops, and events
A NOTE FROM FLS
FOR LAKE'S SAKE ACKNOWLEDGES...
The For Lake's Sake program recognizes that education alone may not eradicate the drug epidemic entirely, but it firmly believes that empowering young people with accurate information, skills, and support networks is essential in preventing substance abuse and minimizing the devastating impact of fentanyl-related overdoses. By fostering a culture of open dialogue, resilience and empathy, the program aims to inspire a generation of informed and empowered individuals who can make healthy choices and positively influence their communities.