Resources

Alexandria Parent Leadership Chat Groups  - Alexandria parents engage in open dialogue about how to prevent alcohol and drug abuse among their kids. To host or join a group, contact Whitney Chao at whitney.chao@alexandriava.gov.

SAPCA's Volunteer Handbook - A complete guide that outlines what you can expect as a SAPCA volunteer!

Local Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings can be found at www.intergroup.org.

Local Al-Anon Meetings can be found at www.alanonva.com. 

Local Alateen Meetings - Sundays at 6PM - 7PM - St. Mary's Lyceum. Check out the flyer for details.

The Parents Resource Center of the Partnership for a Drug-Free America provides advice and stories from parents and professionals about alcohol and drug prevention, intervention and raising healthy teens.

The "Parents Who Host, Lose The Most: Don't be a party to teenage drinking" public awareness campaign was developed in 2000 to educate parents about the health and safety risks of serving alcohol at teen parties. Parents Who Host Lose the Most has been adapted by SAPCA from the Drug-Free Action Alliance in English and Spanish.

Preventing Risky Behavior Presentation:  This collaborative workshop sponsored by SAPCA, Alexandria Campaign on Adolescent Pregnancy, and the Gang Prevention and Intervention Task Force helps parents understand why youth engage in risky behaviors.  Parents and interested adults will learn the warning signs to determine if their teen is using alcohol or drugs, is sexually active, or involved in a gang, and how to prevent and combat these risky behaviors.  To sponsor or attend a presentation, contact Whitney Chao at whitney.chao@alexandriava.gov.

Teen.smokefree.gov is a great new resource to support teens to quit smoking.

Underage Drinking and the Teen Brain - In December 2010, the Governor's Office on Substance Abuse Prevention, Virginia ABC and DMV sponsored statewide publication of this excellent newspaper insert featuring teen brain development and alcohol.

So You Want To Go To Beach Week? A Guide for Parents and Teens.
(Click on individual links below to go to the respective sections in the booklet)

Video:

Websites: 

Above the Influence (interactive site for teens)
AlcoholEdu for Parents
Alcohol Information Center (resource guide)
The Power of Parents
The Partnership for a Drug Free America
Check Yourself (for teens)
Center for Disease Control Alcohol Fact Sheets 
Center for Alcohol Marketing and YouthCommunity 
Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA)
Cool Spot (for adolescents ages 11-13)
Marijuana Harmless? Think Again (youth, parents, everyone)
Parents. The Anti-Drug
Stop Underage Drinking: Portal of Federal Resources
Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent Underage Drinking; A Guide for Families
The Governor's Office for Substance Abuse Prevention
Office of National Drug Control Policy
The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, Columbia University 

Alexandria Studies: 

2006 Profiles of Student Life: Attitudes and Behaviors Survey Data
 
2007 Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data
 
2008 GMU Qualitative Assessment of Alexandria Youth Substance 

2010 Search Institute: Attitudes and Behavior Survey (Developmental Assets) 

2011 Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data
 

National Studies: 

Monitoring the Future