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You’re Invited! Free Telephone Seminar Series: Drug and Alcohol Awareness


CIGNA and the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids are hosting a monthly series of telephone seminars that will help you better understand today’s changing landscape of substance abuse. The seminars are free and there is no registration required. They’re open to any parent, caregiver or loved one interested in learning more about teen drug addiction. Each seminar will include the participation of a leading expert within the field and a parent from the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids’s Parent Advisory Board, who will share his or her personal experience with the topic being presented.


What do you do if you think or know your child is using drugs or alcohol? This month’s podcast and Q&A will help you identify what signs to look for in your teen and prepare you with action steps to intervene and help prevent more serious problems in the future.


Fred Muench, PhD, Clinical Psychologist and Director of Research, the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

Lorraine McNeill-Popper, mother and Parent Advisory Board Member of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, who lost her twin brother to substance abuse. She adopted her deceased brother’s son who later on struggled with addiction, and currently is in recovery.


Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Noon- 1:00 pm EDT


For U.S./Canada residents, dial the toll-free number 1 (866) 431-5314 and international residents dial the toll-free number 1 (719) 457-2626. When prompted, enter the passcode 602873.


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20 Responses to this article

  1. Candice Besson / November 16, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    Hi Sheila. There are “risk factors” that make some kids more vulnerable to drug and alcohol use and addiction: 1) having family members with a history of addiction makes a child more at risk of developing problems; 2)having close friends who are using drugs/alcohol; 3)having psychological problems like depression, ADHD, and other mental health issues; 4)having experienced traumatic experiences or abuse as a child. I hope that helps answer your question!

  2. Sheila Hall / November 16, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Morning, Candice …
    The seminar this morning was great! I gave my name to the Auto-Responder, but my line was never opened so that I could give my question. (Perhaps I hit a “BAD button”). Here’s my question: “Are there early indications in a child’s personality or behavior that might ALERT a parent that the child might be attracted to drugs at some point.” The signs of USE were offered this morning, but not fore-shadowings that a child might be susceptible to drug use. Where might I get answers? These teleseminars are fabulous! Shalom!

  3. Sheila Hall / October 20, 2011 at 4:07 am

    Thanks, Candice. I’ll watch for the podcast. Looking forward to the next session. I’ll be listening with Big Ears!

  4. Sheila Hall / October 19, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    The Tele-seminar this morning was incredibly enlightening. I appreciate Lorraine sharing the story of her nephew’s recovery and transformation (now that he’s speaking to other teens about not doing drugs). Is it possible to get a “replay” or a “download” of the session? I’d be happy to pay. Dr. Muench provided a great deal of information and insight and I couldn’t write fast enough to capture it all. I appreciate his thorough response to my questions. Shalom!

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    Martha Ferratusco / October 19, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    is there anyway to get a transcript of the conversation? Because of my work I was only able to listen for a short time and I did miss the beginning and now will miss the ending of the call. Thanks

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    Annette Douglas / October 14, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    Will these be available online if we can’t make the call?

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    Sheila Hall / October 13, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    I regret that I am just now finding out about the Series that started October 13 (I believe). I would very much like to be notified when the next teleseminar will take place. I would deeply appreciate being able to call in on that date.


  8. Candice Besson / October 14, 2011 at 9:52 am

    Hi Sheila, you haven’t missed this month’s series! You can dial in this upcoming Wednesday, October 19 at 12:00 pm- 1:00 pm EDT.

  9. Sheila Hall / October 16, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    Candice … Thanks! I’m eager to tune in.

  10. Candice Besson / October 19, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    Hi Martha, we will have a podcast available on our website in a few days. Stay tuned!

  11. Candice Besson / December 1, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    Hi Martha, thanks for your patience! The podcast is now available here:

  12. Candice Besson / October 19, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Hi Sheila. Thanks for listening in today! For parents and individuals who weren’t able to participate on the call today, we will have a podcast available on our website in a few days. Plus, we hope you’ll join us next month for our next topic, “Understanding the Developing Teen Brain.” Stay tuned!

  13. martha Ferratusco / November 1, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Thank you!

  14. martha Ferratusco / November 1, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Candice, I can’t seem to find the podcast can you direct me to it? Thanks so much!

  15. Candice Besson / November 2, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    Hi Martha, we still await the podcast file for the October podcast, but please find September’s podcast here: As soon as we have the file, we will update the site and I’ll post the url here. Thanks for your patience!

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    Nancy / November 4, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    Is this program also geared to answer questions for people who fear that a senior- aged family member might be having issues with alcohol and prescription drugs misuse?
    Thank you.

  17. Candice Besson / December 1, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    Hi Sheila, thanks for your patience! The podcast is now available here:

  18. Sheila Hall / November 16, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    The conditions and circumstances you mention absolutely make sense! The good news is parents (who are aware) can monitor their teen-children early on and take pro-active measures to protect them … especially with regard to Prescription and OTC medicines. I’ll poke around the website to add to the nuggets you’ve provided. Many thanks! Shalom!

  19. Candice Besson / December 1, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Hi Nancy, at this time the series is geared toward parents and caregivers of teens.

  20. Candice Besson / December 1, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    Hi Anne! Yes, the podcast is now available here:

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