About The S.L.A.T.E. Project
Youth & Community Education
Educating our youth is the first and primary goal of the S.L.A.T.E. Project. The S.L.A.T.E. Project was created to reach out to members of our community in a personal manner by providing first hand experiences regarding drugs and alcohol. One of the first priorities is to arm our youth with knowledge, give them tools, and resources so when they are faced with difficult decisions, they will already have the skills necessary to make decisions with confidence. Following this, the S.L.A.T.E. Project aims to supply our community with awareness as an essential part of encouraging healthy living.
Drug and alcohol abuse has become a large problem which arises through an individual yet effects family, friends, loved ones and the community as a whole. Young people need to be given the facts regarding these issues and their inherent dangers before the use of these illegal substances begin to affect everything which surrounds them. We focus on educating at a young age so they already have the proper information regarding what is going into their bodies, how these decisions will affect them, and how these decisions will affect the people surrounding them for a lifetime.
Prevention management needs to begin sooner and sooner, as our children are being presented to these dangerous elements at earlier ages. We need to start early and stress the importance that the role of exposure can play in overall drug and alcohol awareness and management. For these reasons, the S.L.A.T.E. Project brings real life experiences to audiences that may not have previously had the chance to hear how drug and alcohol abuse can strike any and all members of the community. These topics are about action and protecting our youth and their future. We must take steps in a progressive motion in order to have our children understand what drugs and alcohol can do to their lives, and the impact that these decisions will have on everything around them. For this, the S.L.A.T.E. Project serves as an initial step to educating the most important aspect of our communities…our children.
Crisis Support & Counseling
Crisis support and counseling are the next goals in the inherent mission of the S.L.A.T.E. Project. Although the S.L.A.T.E. Project does not offer these services directly, we provide the ground work and the avenues to make these services available to those who are in an immediate need, as well as those who are seeking continuing care in their road to recovery. Knowing what to do for the next step is the key component to recovery.
With every decision, there are outcomes which are directly related to the situations at hand. There are positive outcomes and there are negative ones. Rarely, if ever do decisions made regarding the use and abuse of drugs and alcohol create positive outcomes. The majority of these decisions are long term and greatly affect the individual, their families, and others around. For these decisions, the S.L.A.T.E. Project provides avenues to acquire proper assistance in both times of crisis and beyond. We also go further than the initial need for intervention, because healing from this type of disease is a lifelong process which cannot be obtained by force of will and the inherent positive nature of the individual. We understand that people who suffer from addiction need real help to get their lives back on track and heading in a positive, healthy direction permanently. This real help can be found in the forms of emergency care, detoxification, short term and long term residential care. The S.L.A.T.E. Project serves as an informational base and conduit to these resources. Paired with the initial goal, of youth and community education, the S.L.A.T.E. Project provides an important role as one of the first members of the individuals support network. People battling addiction need a strong, knowledgeable resource, which can provide options which the support team will be able to tailor the individuals plan for recovery.
The most difficult step in the road to recovery is realizing that sobriety is the change needed. For many people who struggle with this realization, the S.L.A.T.E. Project can help, by offering places to turn to for immediate help, long term help, and tailored treatment services. When the need is now, and help is needed, the S.L.A.T.E. Project will help with the initial and ongoing steps to the road to recovery.
Establishing Sober Housing
Sober housing is the final goal in the S.L.A.T.E. Projects mission statement. We aim to bring safe secure locations to our community where individuals can be immersed in a positive, progressive long term recovery option. The use of sober housing has been proven to increase the success of individuals post rehabilitation and on their way to recovery. People recovering from addiction will find a semi-structured living environment close to the areas where they live while progressing their recovery. While every recovery plan is different, and is personalized to the individual, it is always important to maintain and incorporate a healthy lifestyle. For this reason, Sober Housing may be the best option for some people. The availability of these housing locations may not be conducive to the individual regarding their plan for sobriety. The S.L.A.T.E. Project plans to make these options more readily available and intends to offer these services to people within the community on their way to recovery. By establishing Sober Housing within the community, we can improve people’s support networks, and gain individuals lives back one person at a time.