- 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.


Day 19: Adverse Childhood Experiences Disrupt their View.. →

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 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 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.. →

Day 29: The Emotional Roller Coaster for Parents

Lessons from Laura

If you are a parent that is going or has gone through this experience with your child, you are not alone and not going through an experience that is.. →

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 5: Addiction Runs in the Family

Lessons from Laura

The children of addicts are 8 times more likely to develop an addiction. A study looked at 231 people who were diagnosed with drug or alcohol.. →

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.. →

Day 17: Adverse Childhood Experiences Dramatically Increase.. →

Lessons from Laura

Adverse childhood experiences (ACE) that happen in childhood can be severe such as physical or sexual abuse, neglect, violence in the home or.. →

Day 24: Sex and Addiction in Teenage Girls

Lessons from Laura

Acting out sexually and abusing drugs often feed off each other, and it is not uncommon for one to lead to the other. Girls abusing drugs or alcohol.. →

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.. →


- 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.

The Parent Guilt Trip

Parenting Tips

As parents, you feel guilty when you don’t think you’re doing enough, your kid doesn’t like you enough, or that you’re not giving enough... →

Deciphering the Signals - Where There is Smoke....

Parenting Tips

One of the prime directives we have as parents is to be observant, recognize the signs that your child may be in trouble and find ways to intervene. .. →

Managing Emotions to Prevent Relapse

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Emotional triggers are the catalyst for many addicts to launch their addiction ritual. Understanding how emotional triggers operate is key to.. →

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.. →

How to Deal with Anxiety in Recovery

Article

Tim Stoddart says, "There are so many emotions that a person feels when they enter recovery, especially early recovery. A wave of feelings will hit.. →

When Your Friend Has a Drinking Problem

Article

Woman Drinking Wine Image From the article by Kathleen Smith, "Addiction impacts more than just the person who’s using. Friends, family,.. →

Coping with Depression

Article

This article from Help Guides gives some practical strategies on how to cope with depression.

How Can I Stop Hurting? Dealing With Emotional Pain Without.. →

Article

According to Elizabeth Hartney PhD., "One of the reasons that many people use drugs is to cope with pain, whether that pain is physical or emotional... →

Is Your Online Addiction Making You Anxious?

Article

According to Anxiety.org, "Between Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and even LinkedIn, social media is undoubtedly an outlet that engages most online.. →

To Eat Healthy, We Need to Farm Healthy

Article

According to Peter Lehner, "The new dietary guidelines issued early this year by the federal government highlight the great paradox of food in.. →

Depression: A Student's Perspective

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This video educates students about depression in order to minimize the stigma that is associated with the medical condition. It discusses how.. →

How to Stay Sober at Work While Remaining Social

Article

How to stay sober at work — whether it is after a period of time in a residential treatment center or while navigating your own recovery path —.. →

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.. →

12 Signs You May Have an Anxiety Disorder

Article

"Everyone gets nervous or anxious from time to time—when speaking in public, for instance, or when going through financial difficulty. For some.. →

Day 20: Protecting Your Child by Helping them Manage.. →

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.. →

How to Identify Common Pills Abused by Teens

Article

From the article: "You're not the first parent to find a few pills in your child's pocket while washing his clothes. Considering the epidemic of.. →

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.. →

4 Best Foods For Addiction Recovery

Article

According to Melissa Thompson, "Addiction wreaks a tremendous amount of havoc on the body. When addicts are finally at the recovery state of their.. →

Physical Health and Mental Health, Part 1: Eating.. →

Article

"You’ve probably heard the saying, “you are what you eat.” But what exactly does that mean? Put simply, food is fuel, and the kind of fuel you.. →

What's Crystal Methamphetamine Feel Like? Why is it One of.. →

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