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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.


Day 30: My Personal Journey of Grief

Lessons from Laura

As bad as my grief is, there also comes hope, purpose, and meaning. The last 30 days of Lesson from Laura has taught me that so many of you need.. →

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 21: The Gift

Lessons from Laura

Hindsight is always 20/20 and I want to share a creative strategy that I would have used to help Laura avoid that peer pressure and the difficult.. →

Day 19: Adverse Childhood Experiences Disrupt their View of the World

Lessons from Laura

Most of us experience setbacks and adverse experiences, but somehow, we manage to bounce back and move forward, putting those experiences in the.. →

Day 16: Understanding the Risk Factors of Addiction

Lessons from Laura

Developing an addiction begins before the age of 18 in 90% of those that eventually become addicted. And once you are in the disease state and as.. →

Day 8: Addiction is All Around You

Lessons from Laura

Addiction is all around you. Here are the numbers: 27 million Americans suffer from drug and alcohol addiction Ages 12-17, 1.3 Million.. →

Day 4: The Path to Addiction Starts Early

Lessons from Laura

Nine out of ten people with substance addictions first begin using before they even turn 18. In fact, substance abuse before the age of 15 can make.. →

Day 3: Addiction is a Disease of the Mind

Lessons from Laura

According to Harvard Health, “Today we recognize addiction as a chronic disease that changes both brain structure and function. Just as.. →

Day 1: It Can Happen to You

Lessons from Laura

Many of you look at your beautiful children, are thankful for your great family, and think that addiction will never touch you. Think again. .. →


- 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.

Explaining a Parent's Addiction to Children

Article

Buddy T says, "What do you tell children when one or both of their parents are alcoholics or addicts? How do you explain the chaos? First and.. →

How Does Addiction Affect Families?

Article

The Fix Staff writes, "Alcohol and drug addiction can rot families from the inside. Many people never see it coming, either. Strong, seemingly.. →

Addiction is a Brain Disorder

Video

We've only really had the neuroscience of addiction and understood it for the last 20 years. But we haven't necessarily transmitted that into.. →

Mindfulness meditation may ease anxiety, mental stress

Article

In her article Julie Corliss says, "Although meditation still isn’t exactly mainstream, many people practice it, hoping to stave off stress and.. →

Researchers identify a connection between early life adversity and opioid addiction

Article

From the article: "Published in Molecular Psychiatry, the study titled, "On the early life origins of vulnerability to opioid addiction," examines.. →

What Can You Do To Prevent Opioid Misuse

Infographic

FDA: Teen Vaping up 80%

Article

From the article: "While vaping may be less harmful than using combustible tobacco, vaping is not safe. Because it is a new delivery method, less.. →

Exercise Can Help Beat Cocaine Addiction, Study Finds

Article

"Exercise can help prevent relapses into cocaine addiction, according to new research led by the University at Buffalo's Panayotis (Peter) Thanos,.. →

Communicating with Your Child

Web Page

The Centers for Disease Control has excellent resources to help you communicate better with your kids. From their website: "Good communication.. →

Should you give kids just a sip?

Article

From the article: "The holidays are officially upon us and with that time comes entertaining, parties, and the toasting of all we have to be.. →

Harmful Interactions: Mixing Alcohol and Medicine

Article

This is an informational primer on the impact of mixing medications and alcohol.

Anxiety and Addiction: Each Fueling the Other

Article

According to addictions.com, "Those with anxiety and panic disorders are already on unstable ground. They feel on edge all the time, and they worry.. →

Drug Abuse and Addiction

Article

Road Sign Pointing to Question Marks Image This timeline created by the National Institute of Health details the past, present, and.. →

HOW I GOT RID OF (Anxious Thinking & Painful Rumination)

Video

Fall Semester—A Time for Parents To Discuss the Risks of College Drinking

Article

As college students arrive on campus this fall, it’s a time of new experiences, new friendships, and making memories that will last a lifetime... →

A Simple Guide to Creating a Mindful Workplace

Infographic

Georgia: A Dog's Journey

Lessons from Laura

My name is Georgia and for years Laura was my human. I'm now crossing the Rainbow Bridge, but before I go, here is my story about life with Laura.

Guilt, Shame, Depression, and the Cycle of Addiction, Recovery and Relapse

Video

7 minute long video by bestselling author of Addiction Unplugged: How to be Free, John Flaherty. "For as long as past hurts are not healed,.. →

Motherhood Hijacked by Addiction

Parenting Tips

Mothers were born to play a supportive and nurturing role. We were built for that. But when your child begins using substances or develops the.. →

Day 2: Addiction is All Around You

Lessons from Laura

The statistics from studies done 3 years ago give you a picture of what is happening in the United States, and certainly, the numbers are larger 3.. →