PHOTOS: NCPP Youth Access Survey @ Jefferson High School 11-27-2013

This morning NCPP Staff met with students from “Be The Change” youth coalition at Jefferson High School to co-administer the 2013 JUHSD Youth Access Survey to 13 classrooms, reaching approximately 325 students.  The survey process went extremely well!

Thank you to the Jefferson High students that administered and also took the Youth Access Survey.  Stay tuned in the coming months for our analysis and release of the final survey report!

EDITORIAL: Alcoholism Within The Asian-American Community

Although the rate of alcoholism within the Asian American community is lower than the rate for the general public, it is still a significant problem, with 13.3 percent of Asian Americans classified as binge drinkers, and a 3.6 percent lifetime incidence of alcohol use disorders according to the NIH.  Problems exist for family members of those with alcohol dependence in the Asian American community.  Asian Americans with alcohol use disorders receive treatment at a far lower rate than other ethnic groups, according to the NIH.  There are several possible reasons for this.  Most Asian Americans strongly value family members and ties and don’t want to risk damaging these ties by bringing up topics like alcoholism. There is also a strong emphasis on saving face in most Asian cultures, which makes it hard to confront someone with alcohol addiction, especially if the sufferer is older. That is why it is especially difficult for many within the Asian American community to deal with family members who have substance abuse problems. We’ll look at some problems relatives of alcoholics face, what are some treatment options, and some of the resources available to help relatives of people with alcohol abuse problems.

Often, family members of alcoholics are afraid to confront their loved one.  Family members are afraid they might lose the relationship, as they do not want to be seen as causing trouble within the family, or they don’t see the harm in protecting and rescuing their loved one time and time again even though it allows their loved one to avoid facing the consequences of alcohol dependency.  There are several possible solutions to these problems.   If family members are afraid of losing the relationship with their loved one suffering from alcohol dependence, they can practice compassion while setting boundaries.   This means being able to say “No” and not financially supporting their family member while they suffer from alcohol problems.  Another problem family members face when confronting a loved one suffering from alcohol issues is the fear that they will be singled out and criticized within their family if they confront their loved one about his or her alcohol problem.  This can be counteracted by discussing the problem with other family members, building support for action, and possibly staging an intervention.  A lot of times, family members who rescue their loved one time and time again, which can be problematic as it allows people suffering from alcohol dependence to continue in their path without facing responsibility for their actions.   The solution is for concerned family members to stand  their ground and be prepared to lose the relationship temporarily.  An intervention or other strong action may be necessary., and  professional guidance may be needed. Overall, alcoholism  creates a difficult situation for families who struggle with loving a person but not their disease.

There are many treatment options that may be engaged for someone suffering from alcohol dependence. Treatment may involve a brief intervention, counseling, an outpatient program, or a residential inpatient stay.  Detoxification at an inpatient treatment center combined with treatment with drugs might be necessary.  Sedatives are sometimes necessary to control tremors and shaking and other symptoms of alcohol withdrawal.  Drugs such as naltrexone are often used to remove the pleasurable sensations alcoholics get from drinking.  Family therapy is also sometimes used to help the entire family cope with the problem.

In addition to professional counseling services, there are also several non-profit organizations that help and support family members who have alcoholics in their families.   Al-Anon and Alateen are two good support groups for family members of alcoholics, as is ODASA, an Asian American Recovery Services program.

Here is more information about ODASA.

Some websites with good information about alcoholism are listed below.

http://www.al-anon.alateen.org/dealing-with-the-elephant-in-the-roomalcoholism

http://psychcentral.com/lib/when-family-members-protect-alcoholics/0002847

http://www.hazelden.org/web/public/hff80302.page

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/alcoholism/DS00340/DSECTION=treatments-and-drugs

ANNOUNCEMENT: Next NCPP General Meeting on OCT.30 (3:30PM-5:00PM) (Daly City/Pacifica)

Mark your calendars!

We will be having our next NCPP General Meeting for our Daly City and Pacifica Coalition on October 30, 2013 (WED) from 3:30PM-5:00PM at the Jefferson Union High School District (JUHSD) Office in Room B. Details are on the flyer below.

10.30.2013 NCPP CBP General Meeting

ANNOUNCEMENT: NCPP RBST Kick-Off Meeting 2013

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Please save the date for our upcoming Responsible Beverage Server Training (RBST) Informational Meeting.

When: November 7, 2013 3:30PM-5:00PM
Where: Jefferson Union High School District Office, 699 Serramonte Blvd. Daly City, CA

Please contact Mary Bier (NCPP Consultant) at (510) 364-8438 or at marykbier@gmail.com if you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Cultural Humility Workshop Nov 12, 2013

The Cultural Humility Workshop will be on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 from 9:00am – 12:00pm at Lacrombe Clubhouse, 99 Lake Merced Blvd., Daly City.

This workshop will focus on reversing health disparities, exploring common definitions of words often used in the field of health disparities work, and practicing the use of tools of cultural competence and cultural humility in your work place.

Click the image below to download the PDF flier.

Cultural Humility