Tag Archives: Family

“Bridging Communities” 2nd Annual San Mateo County PRIDE Event 6-14-2014

Its back!  The 2nd Annual San Mateo County PRIDE Event is happening on Saturday June 14th, 2014 from 11:30am to 6pm at Central Park in the City of San Mateo.  Various organizations will be present to table and provide services and information.  NCPP is proud to support this effort and has donated printing costs for this year’s fliers.  Please come by and check it out, as there will be entertainment and food truck vendors!

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Congrats to our Be The Change high school graduates!

Jefferson Union High School District held graduations for Jefferson, Oceana, Terra Nova, and Westmoor High Schools on Thursday May 22, 2014.  NCPP staff were able to visit some of the youth and award candy leis to show some love and appreciation for the hard work that they’ve put in over the past year.  We wish our graduates the best, and look forward to them staying connected in some way moving forward!  CONGRATS GRADS!!

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PHOTOS: Mission Fusion 2013: DREAMS

Yes, these never-before-published photos are from Mission Fusion 2013: DREAMS (2/7/13).

We’ve been saving these as a special prelude to the 2014 Mission Fusion show, titled “Mephisto” (Facebook flyer)

Enjoy!  We hope to see you at the 2014 Mission Fusion show from February 6th-8th in the Little Theater at Jefferson High School (6996 Mission Street, Daly City, CA 94014).

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: 2014 Get Healthy Community Implementation Funding

The Get Healthy Community Implementation Funding supports the implementation of the Strategies for Improving Food & Physical Activity Environments in San Mateo County and is focused on funding neighborhoods, organizations and schools where there are limited, attractive opportunities for walking, biking, or using public transit and/or healthy food options.
Click the image below to visit the Get Healthy San Mateo County website, where you can learn more about Get Healthy Community Implementation Funding, download an application packet, and to find ideas on projects to increase access to healthy food and beverages, increase everyday physical activity, and much more.
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The application deadline is Friday, October 4, 2013 at 5:00PM!