Could you tell which bottle has more pills in it? Most people cannot. That is why the Greenwich YMCA held the Liberations Program Parent Seminar on prescription drugs.
"Today was a really educational experience for them to learn about different ways to protect themselves, their meeds, and their children," said Cerissa Orbegoso, a Licensed Master Social Worker at Liberations.
Open communication and locking away medicines are just some of the tips Liberations gives parents. Melvin Jimenez now follows these tips, and is currently in the Liberations program after years of drug and alcohol abuse.
"It helps you stay clean and live life. It teaches you what you need to know to live life like meetings, coping skills, and how to stay clean," said Jimenez.
Liberations also helped 17-year-old Henry Recinos move forward from his past.
"I had a previous past with all of this stuff in terms of alcohol and marijuana abuse. So, I wanted to better myself. I said enough is enough, I need help. I want to end this addiction and get far in life. So, that is what I'm going to do," said Recinos.
He now volunteers to help prevent more young ones form getting involved in drugs and alcohol.
"We coordinate things we can do, basically how to talk to kids about substance abuse. Also, how they can talk to their parents about this, coping mechanisms, and other things," said Recinos.
Liberations helps people throughout Fairfield county cope with drug and alcohol abuse through outpatient programs, residential help, a methadone clinic, and discussions such as today's prescription drugs parent seminar. For more information, visit www.liberationprograms.org. =