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moncler jackets uk The Foundry Ministries Will Speak to Area Students About the Dangers of Substance Abuse During National Drug Awareness Campaign

The Foundry Ministries Will Speak to Area Students About the Dangers of Substance Abuse During National Drug Awareness Campaign

"If we can educate boys and girls early on, we'll be taking a giant step in preventing a lifetime of heartbreak and tragedy for them, as well as their families." --Executive Director Bill Heintz

BESSEMER, Ala.--"Love yourself. Be drug free." That's the message several member of The Foundry Ministries will share with students at a drug awareness panel at Fairfield High School on October 27, at 10:30 a.m. It's also the theme of this year's National Red Ribbon Week, the oldest and largest drug-abuse awareness campaign in the country. The speaking engagement is being held in conjunction with the campaign, which runs October 23 through 31.

Sponsored by the National Family Partnership (NFP), the annual Red Ribbon Week serves as a vehicle for communities and individuals to take a stand for the hopes and dreams of their children through a commitment to drug prevention and education and a personal commitment to living drug-free. The Foundry Ministries provides long-term residential care and guidance that enable men and women to overcome addictions, reunite with their families and rebuild stable, self-sufficient lives. While the organization does not serve individuals under the age of 18, it shares NFP's commitment to providing substance-abuse awareness, education and prevention strategies for young people because of the strong correlation between drug use among teens, poor education and the destruction of lives and futures.

According to The Foundry's sources, on a national level:• 6.1% of 12- to 17-year-olds are drug dependent or abusers.• Of school dropout rates, 47% are alcohol-related and 22% are drug-related.

In Alabama:• Among students in the sixth through eighth grades, 2.3% use alcohol on a daily basis and 3.2% use drugs. Of ninth- through 12th-grade students, 4.5% use alcohol daily and 7.5% use drugs. All statistics for Alabama are higher than the national average.

"With these facts in mind, our interaction with the students will be all about prevention," said Executive Director Bill Heintz. "It's not as simple as just saying 'no.' We want to help them understand the dangers of experimenting with alcohol and prescription and non-prescription drugs . . . how to stand up to peer pressure . . . and how to talk with their parents if they have questions . . . and most importantly, how to love and believe in themselves. If we can educate boys and girls early on, we'll be taking a giant step in preventing a lifetime of heartbreak and tragedy for them, as well as their families."

Through The Foundry's Recovery Program, hundreds of men and women each year are given Christian guidance, counseling and case management to overcome addictions and achieve permanent and lasting change. Adult education, life- and job-skills training and work readiness empower them with tools to find employment and transition successfully into the community and re-unite with their families.

Representatives from The Foundry Ministries are available to speak at schools, civic groups and other functions about addiction prevention and issues related to substance abuse. Heintz encourages group organizers to schedule a speaker by calling The Foundry at (205) 425-7737.

The Foundry's Recovery Program and their programs of Rescue, Re-Entry and Changed Lives Christian Center are supported by financial contributions from the community. Donations can be made online at foundryministries.com. More information on The Foundry's services can be found on the website as well.


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