Marijuana and Drug Use is Up Among Weston’s Teens

As reported in The Weston Forum (March 2014) alcohol and marijuana use has risen among Weston teens, while cigarette and other illicit drug use has decreased.

The survey  was sponsored by Positive Directions The Center for Prevention & Recovery, the Weston school board, Weston public schools, Weston Department of Youth Services, and the Alcohol and Drug Awareness Program (ADAP) of Weston. Its content was derived from the Connecticut Governors Prevention Initiative for Youth.

The surveys purpose was to learn about attitudes, behaviors, and the prevalence of the use of substances such as tobacco, alcohol, and prescription and illicit drugs.

For more detailed information please visit the article at The Weston Forum:


ADAP’s Board sent in this reply to the Weston Forum:

Letter to the Editor. April 7

With a recent survey showing increased use of marijuana and alcohol among older teens in Weston, we want parents to know about an important resource available to help students cope with peer pressure and other issues, including drug and alcohol use. Westons Alcohol and Drug Awareness Program runs a youth group, in which students in grades 9 through 12 meet once a month with a trained youth coordinator.

Here’s what one parent had to say about it in a note to the ADAP board: By involving teens seriously in difficult discussions, ADAP’s able to cut through a lot of the cynicism and mistrust kids often have for the advice adults give them, said Francis Phillips, whose daughter is a member of Westons Youth Leadership Council, ADAPs youth group.

Andrew Katz, who is now a college freshman and a former co-president of ADAP, wrote this about his experience: Exchanging viewpoints with the group has strongly impacted the choices I have made in the pressure-filled world that is high school. We are not an abstinence group; however, we do promote healthy choices.

for the full letter please visit: Letter-to-the-Editor.ADAP

Carl Antisell to Speak at Weston High School in May 2014

A Personal Journey Parent Workshop with Motivational Speaker about Drug Use and Recovery at Weston High School on May 1st

Parents of middle school and high school students will have the opportunity, Thursday, May 1, to hear Carl Antisell, a motivational speaker who is in long-term recovery from substance abuse, speak at a workshop. The workshop will be held at the Weston High School auditorium at 7 pm.

The Alcohol and Drug Awareness Program of Weston, which sponsors a pre-Prom speaker each spring, is also offering a workshop for parents with the same motivational speaker who addresses the districts high school students during the day.

The workshop provides, teachers, and school personnel the chance to meet and listen to Mr. Antisell, who will have talked about his journey to recovery to high school students at two morning assemblies on May 1.

Parents attending the evening workshop will also be able to direct any concerns about drug and alcohol use to Michelle Albright, Ph.D., who is director of Weston Youth Services. She will moderate the event, which will also offer refreshments.

Carl Antisell began using addictive substances at an early age to help him relieve anxiety and depression. When his use spun out of control, he started the recovery process and has not used drugs or alcohol for more than three years. In addition to educating young people and their families about mental illness, Mr. Antisell is an advocate for more openness about mental health, particularly the challenges and stigma facing youths in recovery. In his own recovery process, he learned healthy, effective ways to handle his emotions as well as lifes ups and down.

A 2013 survey of Weston students by Positive Directions showed increased use of marijuana and alcohol among older teens in Weston. The link to ADAPs website is:

For more information on Carl please visit

To hear Carl’s story please visit:


ADAP Sponsors Red Ribbon Week at Weston High School

ADAP's representatives kick-off Red Ribbon Week on Oct 28 at Weston High School

ADAP’s representatives kick-off Red Ribbon Week on Oct 28 at Weston High School

Student representatives held a kick-off celebration of Red Ribbon Week at Weston High school as part of a nationwide effort to raise awareness about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse.


Weston ADAP Representatives PreProm Event



Weston Representatives serve breakfast before the Michael Fowlin Presentation May 2013

ADAP Presents Michael Fowlin at WHS

From the Weston Forum article by Rose Horowitz & Eilene Brostoff

Michael Fowlin

Receiving a standing ovation from a rapt audience of high school students, Michael Fowlin, an actor and psychologist, told them that one of the most important lessons they can learn is go beyond what you are supposed to do and do what you need to do. Dr. Fowlin, who has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, used different voices at two pre-prom assemblies for high school students last week to ask students to think about their actions and to reach out to one another: smile and say hello to 10 people you don’t usually greet and welcome diversity, he said.

Click here for the full article:Weston Forum Fowlin Pre Prom Advice

Meet ADAP YLC New Facilitator Tim Walsh

ADAP is excited to announce the placement of Tim Walsh as YLC’s new facilitator. 

Tim Walsh is an addictions professional, educator and recovery coach with over twenty years experience specializing in working with young adults, adolescents and their families. Tims unique blend of personal recovery, addictions training, adventure-based counseling and program development experience make him a dynamic and well-rounded influence for change.

To read Tim’s full bio click here: Tim Walsh Bio

ADAP YLC Red Ribbon Week


Weston ADAP YLC hand out bracelets for awareness during Red Ribbon Week.

Weston Sees Red Ribbons: The Weston Forum article by ADAP YLC member Brett Gurman
On Monday, Oct. 24, Weston will join with other communities across the country to celebrate the nations oldest and largest drug prevention program: Red Ribbon Week.

In celebration of this special week, high school Youth Leadership Conference members of the Alcohol and Drug Awareness Program (ADAP) of Weston will be handing out red bracelets at Weston High School on Monday, Oct. 24, to serve as a reminder about the risks associated with drugs and alcohol.

Local merchants want our local youth to be aware of these risks. Students wearing the red bracelets will be eligible to receive discounts on lunches at Peters Market and the Lunch Box in Weston Center.

Red Ribbon Week began in 1985, when Special Agent Enrique Camarena, then an 11-year veteran of the DEA, was in Guadalajara, Mexico, investigating the countrys biggest marijuana and cocaine traffickers. Just before he was able to unlock a multi-billion dollar drug pipeline, Mr. Camarena was kidnapped, tortured and murdered by the same people he was tracking.

His brutal death raised the awareness of many Americans to the multifaceted danger presented by drugs, and to the international scope of the drug trade.

Following Mr. Camarenas death, his friends and colleagues encouraged local youth to honor Agent Camarena by wearing red ribbons during the last week of October as a symbol of their commitment.

Weston has celebrated Red Ribbon Week ever since its inception.


S-U-M-M-E-R Tips from Positive Directions

Positive Directions would like to remind parents that summer vacation means many teens are looking forward to more free time and less responsibility. For precisely this reason, the summer months can present new challenges for parents.Here’s a list of simple things parents can say and do to help their kids stay alcohol and drug free.

1. Set rules:  Let your child know that under-age drinking is unacceptable. The majority of kids say that upsetting their parents or losing the respect of family and friends is one of the main reasons they don’t drink or use other drugs. Set limits with clear consequences for breaking them. Praise and reward good behavior.

2. Understand and communicate: Take time to learn the facts about underage drinking and talk to your teen about its harmful health and social effects on young users.

3. Make sure you know where your teen is: Know where your teen will be and what they will be doing during unsupervised time. Research shows that teens with unsupervised time are more likely to engage in risky behaviors such as underage drinking, sexual activity and cigarette smoking.

4. Make sure you know who your teen is with: Get to know your teens friends and their parents by inviting them over for dinner or talking with them at your teens soccer practice, dance rehearsal or other activities. Stay in touch with the adult supervisors of your child (camp counselors, coaches, employers).

5. Engage your teen in summer activities:  Enroll your child in a supervised summer camp, educational program, or a summer sports league. Research shows that teens who are involved in constructive, adult-supervised activities are less likely to drink or use drugs

6.Reserve time for family:  Spend time together as a family regularly.

For more tips on talking with your teen during the summertime or anytime visit:

Parent Program with Matt Bellace, Ph.D. Speaker & Comedian on May 17th

Parent Program for the Weston Community :

Come to “Supporting Your Teen in Making Positive Choices” on May 17th at 7PM in the Weston Library Community Room.

Dr. Bellace is author of A Better High: A Humorous Look at Getting High Naturally, Everyday. He has a Ph.D in clinical neuropsychology and over 15 years of speaking and stand-up comedy experience. As a comedian , he has appreared on truTVs The Smoking Gun Presents and can be heard on Sirius XMs comedy channels.

Sponsored by WHSADAP and WYS, Dr. Bellace will provide examples of how to communicate effectively about responsibility, happy birthday messages for girlfriend healthy coping skills and alcohol and drug use and he will present current research on adolescent brain development and answer questions.

For more information check out the program flyer:MAY 17 Matt Bellace Flyer

Great Assembly at Weston High School: Matt Bellace

How to Get High Naturally: L.E.A.D.

a. Lean on Healthy People for Support,
b. Express Yourself in a Healthy Way,
c. Achieve Natural Highs, and
d. Don’t Be Afraid to Take A Stand

The Power of Parents: Positive Directions Provides some Great Information

Did you know…

  • Parents who had clear discussions with their children around the risks of underage drinking before the age of 10, had children who were less likely to initiate alcohol use early.
  • Children who drink before facetime for windows the age of 15 are 4 times more likely to develop a lifelong dependency on alcohol.
  • It is illegal to allow minors to possess alcohol or “host” underage drinking parties.
  • 65% of teenagers report they get their alcohol from family & friends.
  • Alcohol used during adolescence may affect brain development.

To view the full “The Power of Parents” brochure with parenting tips, information on alcohol & the teenage brain and other resources, please visit Positive Directions

  • ADAP YLC Meetings for 2017/2018


    ADAP YLC meets:
    (First Monday of each month at the Weston Public Library from 7-9PM):

    2017/2018 Meeting Dates: Oct. 2, Nov. 6, Dec. 4, Jan. 8, Feb. 5, Mar. 5, Apr. 2, May 7, June 4 (possible make-up or end of year party depending on school calendar).

    Application under Youth Leadership Council

    Evergreen Parent Letter & Contract
    can be found on main post and/or Documents/Contracts Letters