07/08/20: Here in Nash County, the Empowering Youth and Families Program is checking in weekly with our families. We are keeping in touch so we can stay connected and we are participating in weekly webinars on a number of topics.
Some of our most recent weekly discussions covered peer pressure and social media. We had a very engaging conversation about each of the topics. Families joined in to learn more on each topic and to share their opinions and experiences.
During our conversations about peer pressure we talked about the differences between how the parents and youth have had to deal with it. These conversations led to very different experiences shared by the group. One youth observed that “COVID-19 isolation may affect families in an adverse way and they may seek opioids to cope with it.”
We like to catch up during many of our weekly discussions and doing so led to conversations about COVID-19 and how it may be affecting many families. One of our youth shared that the pandemic may affect those with an opioid addiction in an adverse way. She felt that the isolation, the restrictions, the phases we are in and “being safe” even though it is needed, may make some feel more inclined to use the drugs. She thought that because a number of activities have changed, been postponed, or cancelled, that some will seek or even turn to the drugs to help them cope. She feels that there needs to be more ways to help, and more conversations with each other. We are going to have to continue to reach out and take care of each other so we know we are not alone.
This was a great weekly meeting. The depth of thought that our youth are having about their neighbor and community around them is very insightful. Empowering Youth and Families is still working. We will continue to reach out to each other and continue to do our part until we can come back together face to face. We hope by doing so we will bring about this kind of conversation and concern and help many more people one family at a time.