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Fall 2014 Luncheon with Jeffrey Tambor

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The Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houston is excited to announce that veteran of film, TV and Broadway, Jeffrey Tambor, will be the keynote speaker at our Waggoners Foundation Speaker Series’ 2014 Fall Luncheon on Friday, November 7, 2014. Click here for more information.

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Eager Beavers & Procrastinators CEU Workshop

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Join us for our Eager Beavers & Procrastinators two-day, multi-session workshop in which you can earn up to 12 hours of CEUs including 3 hours of ethics credit. You are welcome to register for one, two, or three sessions or you can receive a discount by signing up for all four sessions at the same time. Click here for more information and to register.

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A Message from the CEO: Back to School – Are You Ready?

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It’s hard to believe the summer is coming to an end.  As we enter August we are bombarded with ads and reminders that school is about to resume, and what we need to do to prepare.  But preparing for school is about more than buying new notebooks, backpacks and pencils.  We also need to prepare to be more engaged with our kids as they enter back into the school environment.

As youth function better with routines, start practicing your school year routines now, before school starts.  You can start by getting back to having set meal and sleep times.  Plus, having more meals together as a family is proven to limit high-risk behavior in teens.  You can even start engaging your kids in their back-to-school routine by talking to them about a homework schedule and expectations for the coming year.

Communication is also important to help kids avoid high-risk behavior.  Talk to your kids about smoking, drinking, drugs, and other risky behavior, and keep those lines of communication open.  With school comes increased peer pressure, and we need to make sure our kids are aware of some of the choices they may face.

One way you can be more prepared to speak with your children is to attend our Back to School Workshop on August 7th and 8th. In the high-tech, fast-moving world our kids are part of, it is easy for us as parents to fall behind on information about the latest drugs of abuse and other high-risk behaviors, and this workshop will share what you need to know to help keep your kids safe and healthy this year.  Dr. Crystal Collier, one of the workshop presenters, has also put together some great tips on parental engagement with teenagers, which you can read here.

We hope you enjoy this last month of summer! 

Mel Taylor
President & CEO, The Council

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Addicted to Comedy

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Join us for this year’s Addicted to Comedy showcase on Saturday, October 4, 2014 celebrating Recovery Month. Headliner Mike Gaffney will be joined by Jim Holder and Mike Peterson for an entertaining evening at The Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houston. All proceeds from this event will benefit the Sober Recreation Committee. Click here for more information and to register online.

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Back to School CEU Workshop

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Join us for our annual Back to School CEU Workshop which highlights important information that educators, counselors, and parents need to be aware of as students head back to school in the fall. Topics include the science of high-risk behavior and prevention, current drugs of abuse, technology, bullying, and youth process and behavioral addictions. Click here for more information.

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Careers at The Council

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We recently updated our Careers at The Council page – don’t miss these great opportunities!

Manager of Special Events and Community Affairs

Therapist at The Council’s Center for Recovering Families

Regional Community Liaison, Prevention Resource Center

Behavioral Health Clinician

Tobacco Prevention Specialist

Click here for the full listing of available jobs: 

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A Message from the CEO: School’s Out for Summer

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School’s Out for Summer

School is out in Texas. It’s a time when students rejoice, and parents worry. It’s not just fun in the sun… With all that free time and less responsibility comes more opportunities for young people to engage in drinking, drug experimentation, and other high-risk behaviors.

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, more than 4 in 10 teens who begin drinking before age 15 eventually become alcoholics. The Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houston has resources to educate and advise parents and communities about how to keep kids safe, sane, and able to avoid high-risk behavior and it’s the long-term consequences.

If you are a parent of a teen, and want to remain informed on the challenges your child may be facing, or if you are a counselor looking to remain up-to-date on drug trends and the science of high-risk behavior, stay tuned for our Back-to-School Workshop in August.  In the meantime, call us today if you or someone you know is concerned about a teen, or just wants some information.  Our caring staff is here to help.

Wishing you and your family a healthy and safe summer,

Mel Taylor
President & CEO, The Council

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Zentangle 101 & Beyond

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Zentangle is an art form that impacts being in the here and now, helping you to create space within yourself and encourage healing. In this three-hour workshop, participants will receive Zentangle supplies and detailed instruction on how to create the art of Zentangle and use it as a tool for healing. For those who have had previous practice with Zentangle, they may join in the final hour of the workshop to further their Zentangle skills. Click here for more details.

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KITS Conference 2014: “Changing Lives – Breaking the Cycle”

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June 18, 19 and 20 mark the 5th Annual KITS Conference—now bigger and better than ever! Join us for three days of educational courses focusing on best practices for addressing the needs of infants & toddlers who have been or are at risk of being abused or neglected. Click here to see the full agenda with course topics and speakers and to register online now.

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Grammy-Winning Singer Natalie Cole Opens Up About Addiction at Houston Benefit

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The Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houston’s Annual Spring Luncheon Raised Over $500,000 for Addiction Treatment, Education and Prevention Services in Houston

Last Thursday, singer Natalie Cole shared her inspiring personal story of recovery from addiction to a crowd of over 1,100 at the Hilton Americas-Houston for The Waggoners Foundation Speaker Series’ 31st Annual Spring Luncheon.  The event brought in over $500,000 for the not-for-profit drug and alcohol treatment, education and prevention organization, The Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houston. This year’s event was co-chaired by Shannon and Jim Braniff, IV and Carol and Jim Farnsworth, and featured broadcaster Lisa Malosky as Mistress of Ceremonies. Luncheon supporters included Ellen Rutherford, Sarah Foshee, John D. Schiller, Jr., June Waggoner, Randa and Charlie Williams, Jerri Duddlesten Moore and Jim Moore.

Addiction affects one in four Houstonians and is included alongside cancer and heart disease as one of our nation’s most fatal diseases. Established in 1946, The Council is committed to fighting this disease by providing best-in-class care while turning no one away.  This annual fundraising luncheon series raises critical financial resources for the agency to provide services to as many Houstonians as possible each year.

“You are not alone… you struggle, but so did somebody else” said Natalie Cole during her keynote about how she got through her addiction and found recovery. “I can’t tell you how blessed I feel for what I’ve come through… All you have to do is stick out your hand, and someone will take it.”

“It doesn’t matter what you look like, who you are, or what you do for a living – this disease will grab you,” remarked luncheon co-chair and Council Board member Carol Farnsworth during the luncheon presentation.

“Today, Natalie reminded us that addiction knows no boundaries, whether you are a celebrity’s daughter and star yourself, or someone growing up right here in Houston,” said Mel Taylor, President and CEO of The Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houston. “When someone of her profile is unafraid to open up and admit to her struggles, it gives hope to countless others that they can do the same, and also find happiness again.  The Council is proud to have helped her share this message.”

The event also included a touching tribute to Virgil Waggoner, who passed away in November.  Virgil’s widow, June Waggoner, was present at yesterday’s event to accept a Legacy award on his behalf. June and Virgil are the benefactors of The Council’s luncheon series, named The Waggoners Foundation Speaker Series in honor of their son, Jay Waggoner, whom they lost to addiction.

Since the luncheon series’ creation in 1999, it has attracted over 25,000 people and raised over $11 million. Past luncheon speakers include Jamie Lee Curtis, Ashley Judd, Carrie Fisher, Paul Williams, and Jim Belushi.

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