- The Laura Project 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.


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.

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 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 13: Addiction is a Progressive Disases

Lessons from Laura

If you are struggling with an addict in your workplace, your family or in your friend circle, if they do not choose to treat the disease, it will.. →

Day 11: Addiction Can Test the Best of Marriages

Lessons from Laura

If you have a teenager or young adult that is going down the path of addiction, it’s critical that both parents come together with a battle plan.. →

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 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.. →

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.

What Science Says To Do If Your Loved One Has An Opioid Addiction

Article

Maia Szalavitz says, "To try to help sort fact from fiction, I’ve put together an evidence-based guide about what the science of opioid addiction.. →

The Biology of Mindfulness and Mindlessness — A Neuroscientist’s Perspective

Article

According to Brian Pennie, "By harnessing the power of neuroplasticity via regular mindfulness practice, you can become more resilient, develop.. →

Depression: The Growing American Mental Health Storm

Article

According to Temma Ehrenfeld "It’s hard to miss, with rising rates of suicide and depression: American mental health seems to be in a downturn." .. →

Exploring why mindfulness meditation has positive mental health outcomes

Article

Over the past few decades, mindfulness meditation has become increasingly popular, particularly as a tool to reduce stress or anxiety and gain a.. →

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.. →

5 Physical Signs You May Be Depressed

Article

 From the article: "In a study published in Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience, 69 percent of persons who met the criteria for depression.. →

15 Relaxing Quotes to Help You Deal With Your Anxiety

Article

From the article: "Living with anxiety is hardly easy, when any day can include irrational fear of nonthreatening situations, excessive.. →

When Does Drug Use Become an Addiction?

Article

According to Buddy T, "Drug addiction is a complex and chronic brain disease. People who have a drug addiction experience compulsive, sometimes.. →

How to Help Someone With an Alcohol Addiction

Article

According to Stephanie Watson, "An alcohol use disorder can range from mild to severe. Mild patterns may develop into more serious complications... →

5 Ways to Cope With Addiction as a Family

Article

According to Christopher Shea, "More and more families are affected by addiction and are seeking ways to cope with a situation that places any family.. →

Talking About Drugs With Kids in Middle School

Article

From the Addictions is Real article, "Your child’s transition to middle school (or junior high) calls for special vigilance. If you began.. →

Survey Finds That Many Recover From Alcoholism

Article

Family at the Beach Image From the article in A Very Well Mind, "More than one-third (35.9 percent) of U.S. adults with alcohol dependence.. →

Anxiety: Symptoms, Disorders, Definition, Causes, Treatment

Article

According to I Want to Change My Life, "Anxiety is the most common mental health issue people face. About one in three Americans will develop an.. →

Loving Your Addicted Child

Lessons from Laura

Today is Valentine’s Day, 2018 and the loss of my daughter Laura feels much more real because I can’t call her, tell her home much I love her, or.. →

Tips from Parents Like You: How to Ask

Video

From the Vermont ParentsUp website, "Vermont parents know it’s important to have conversations with their kids about alcohol and drug use. It’s.. →

Gray Area Drinking

Video

In this engaging talk, Jolene Park shares her experience of gray area drinking — the kind of drinking where there’s no rock bottom, but you drink.. →

The Parent Trap

Parenting Tips

If you have a friend or family member struggling to save one of their children from the ravages of addiction, it is not useful for you to.. →

Having "The Talk" About Drugs

Parenting Tips

There are certain pivotal conversations that are uncomfortable and difficult to have with your children. The first thing that pops into everyone’s.. →

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 12: The Impact of Addiction on Grandparents

Lessons from Laura

Laura was very close to her grandparents, Nana and Pop. Here is Laura dressed up with Nana in a photo session that saw her in this dress and a number.. →