- 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 18: What Do Children Consider to Be an Adverse.. →

Lessons from Laura

The first thing that we have to do is to determine if a single event or a more persistent set of circumstances is considered “adverse” in the.. →

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.. →

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 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 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 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 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 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 26: Anger and Anxiety: Key Predictors of Risk for.. →

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 25: Is Your Child a Thermostat or Thermometer

Lessons from Laura

The ability for a child to self-regulate himself means that they exert control over their “climate” vs. being the thermometer that goes up or.. →


- 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.

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. .. →

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... →

Coping with Depression

Article

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

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... →

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.. →

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.. →

Managing Emotions to Prevent Relapse

Video

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

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.. →

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.. →

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,.. →

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

Video

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.. →

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.. →

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.. →

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.. →

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.. →

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.. →

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.. →

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 —.. →

Depression: A Student's Perspective

Video

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