- Our Mission - 

The Laura Project informs, educates and engages parents, teachers and the community to better understand the risk of substance abuse and addiction and develop strategies to keep their children safe and healthy.

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- Lessons from Laura -

Laura struggled with addiction losing her fight at age 29 from an overdose.  Take a look at the lessons that were learned over her 15-year struggle.  Visit the Lessons from Laura content catalog.

Twas the Night that it Happened

Lessons from Laura

My best childhood memory was having my parents read to me "Twas the Night Before Christmas". It's a tradition I kept when my son and daughter were.. →

Day 28: Your Friends & Family Will Not Understand

Lessons from Laura

Making the difficult decision to treat your child for their substance abuse is an act of bravery. You are being the best parent you know how to be.. →

Day 27: Parents Need to Raise their Awarness

Lessons from Laura

Addiction can happen even in the most healthy and supportive families. Without knowing it, some of us fall into certain parenting traps that put.. →

Day 26: Anger and Anxiety: Key Predictors of Risk for Addiction

Lessons from Laura

Anger and anxiety seem to go hand in hand and are signs that your child or adolescent is disregulated. If they don’t have a strategy to manage that.. →

Day 23: Managing Your Childrens' Electronics

Lessons from Laura

Parents should be strategic about the way their children use electronics A recent study found that 85 percent of parents allow their children.. →

Day 20: Protecting Your Child by Helping them Manage Through Change

Lessons from Laura

Because we are adults, we look at situations with an adult lens. How many times have you caught yourself saying to your child, “just brush it.. →

Day 10: Addiction Affects the Family in Profound Ways

Lessons from Laura

If you have an addict in your immediate family, make sure not to forget the children whose lives have been turned upside down. Spend time with them,.. →

Day 9: Grieving Your Child Suffering from Addiction

Lessons from Laura

If you have an addicted child, spouse or significant other, they are no longer someone you recognize. In reality, you have experienced the death of a.. →

Day 7: Phoenix Outdoor - Focus on the Family

Lessons from Laura

As a result of our experiences in treatment with Laura, my husband and I made the decision to start a licensed wilderness therapy program in 2004,.. →

Day 6: Addiction Affects Everyone in the Family

Lessons from Laura

When someone becomes addicted and relentlessly pursues the substance, their behaviors radically change and their family and friends become obstacles.. →

- Education & Information - 

Learn more about substance abuse and addiction, who is most at risk for addiction, how to start the conversation with your children and a host of other topics.  View the content catalog directory.

How to Take Painkiller Drugs Safely


According to Trisha Torrey, "If your doctor has prescribed you painkillers, you should be aware that pain drugs can be safe. Pain-relieving drugs,.. →

Basic Facts About OxyContin


According to Buddy T, "Oxycontin is the time-release form of oxycodone which is typically prescribed for chronic and severe pain. Due to the fact.. →

A Guide to 7 Different Types of Meditation


Ashley Welch says, "Meditation is the practice of thinking deeply or focusing one’s mind for a period of time. This can be done in silence or with.. →

If Parents Use Marijuana, Children Are More Likely to Use It, Too


Amy Jamieson says, "According to a new study, recent and past use of marijuana by parents was associated with increased risk of marijuana, tobacco,.. →

How Compassion Can Help You Support an Addicted Loved One


In her article Beverly Engel says, "We’ve been told that staying with a partner who struggles with addiction means that we’re enabling their.. →

Tips for Celebrating the Holidays with Recovering Family Members and Friends


 According to Peter Gaumond, "This time each year can be stressful for anyone, but the holidays present a special challenge for people.. →

10 Fall Foods to Boost Your Mood


According to Therese Borchard, "For many people, the beginning of autumn triggers anxiety with its shorter days, reduced sunlight, changes in.. →

Marijuana Addiction is Real but Many Users Don't Realize That


Christine Vestal says, "Many people are unaware of marijuana addiction. But in the public health and medical communities, it is a well-defined.. →

3 Ways a Plant-Based Diet Can Help You With Addiction Recovery


According to Chopra, "Plant foods (aka: the unprocessed foods found in nature) provide your body with healing anti-inflammatory compounds, fiber, and.. →

Understanding the Role of Diet and Nutrition in Addiction Recovery


According to Indiana University, "In most cases, poor nutrition and substance abuse go hand in hand. Each issue aggravates the other and leads to a.. →

10 Tips for Saving Money When Grocery Shopping for One Person


Taylor Tobin says, "While grocery shopping for yourself (and only for yourself) sounds like a simple endeavor, anyone who's tried this task can.. →

This is Why Giving Up on Weed After Years of Smoking Can Feel So Miserable


"I was an avid marijuana smoker for nearly ten years of my youth, and today I am a neuroscientist who studies addiction. I loved the taste, the.. →

Links Between Addiction and Mental Illness: Myths vs. Facts


Confused Man with Question Marks Over Head Image Studies have shown that those with mental illness are roughly twice as likely to develop a.. →

Addiction is an Emotional Disease With Far-Reaching Effects...


According to DRUGABUSE.com, "Spouses, family members, friends, and coworkers are often flooded with emotions as they watch someone they care deeply.. →

Self-Control- How to Develop Self-Control to Create an Amazing Life


Self Control - What self control is, why it's hard to develop, and how to cultivate more self control to take charge of your life. .. →

Talking to Kids about Drugs

Resource Guide

This is an excellent resource guide developed for the Better Health Channel in Victoria, Canada. here is what you will learn. Click the image to go.. →

Feelings: Handle Them Before They Handle You


How to Motivate Yourself When You're Depressed


This is a Vlog from the Maddie Bruce: "Episode no. 2 in my Recovery 101 series! I've put together some tips that have helped me get motivated to get.. →

How Fentanyl Affects the Brain


12 Mental Benefits of Exercise


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