A night focused on family fun has an underlying message of strength, survival, and hope.
The Baldwinsville Addiction Awareness Group is a group of parents who offer support and referrals to anyone who is battling addiction, or parents and caregivers of those battling addiction. “We started this awareness program because we as parents had no clue what to do,” said Ange Stevens, a parent who helped to start the group five years ago. “We’ve been able to help a lot of folks through a lot of bad stuff.”
The group has teamed up with Daniel Murphy. As a recovering alcoholic, Murphy started StopB4UStart, a program aimed at educating children before they cross the line into addiction. Murphy travels to schools and other venues with speakers sharing their stories of recovery. “The best part of what I do…I have a lot of young speakers that I get and they get involved in it and it really helps them to find purpose within themselves,” said Murphy. “I think it’s so great when these young kids come out with no purpose and they start to get involved and they start sharing their stories and you see the light that comes on.”
Murphy also stresses the importance of educating teachers, parents, and caregivers. “Open lines of communication are important,” said Murphy. “Parents need to be able to listen to their kids when it’s a good situation or a bad one,” Murphy says sometimes tough love is needed but understanding what love is is most important and parents should work to understand what their children’s needs are.
The Baldwinsville Addiction Awareness Group is inviting everyone to their Community Family Fun & Awareness Night on Tuesday, July 23rd. It starts at 6pm and runs until 8:30pm and the Community Wesleyan Church located at 112 Downer Street in Baldwinsville.
If you’d like more information about you can visit the group’s Facebook page.
For more information on StopB4UStart, visit StopB4UStart.org or call (949) 370-4310.