Coffee Break Hosts Drug and Alcohol Prevention Expert

Brenda Conlan’s truthful account of her own adolescence, derailed by early addiction to drugs, gives special credibility to her presentation as the featured speaker in PTA’s Coffee Break education series on Wednesday, March 21.


The talk about the myths about drug and alcohol use takes place at the Aliso Creek Inn and Golf Course from 8 to 10 a.m. A $10 suggested donation is payable at the door.


Conlan has mastered the art of weaving her personal story of addiction and recovery into the discussion that doesn’t glamorize drugs or eclipse the program’s theme.  She invites students and parents to reflect on their own attitudes and beliefs towards substance use.


Conlan, an alcohol and drug educator since 1994, has worked in schools across the U.S., Europe and China providing in-service workshops and assisting in developing curriculum and policies regarding substance use.


At the talk, parents and educators will hear what they can do to help students explore their own decisions and feelings around drug use (alcohol included) and understand how substance abuse can impair social, emotional and spiritual well-being.


The objective will be to increase abstinence, delay first use of alcohol and help young people make lower-risk choices in their lives, according to Coffee Break spokeswoman Kate Rogers.

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