Build a Drug-Free Community Together
Parents want to know they’re doing all they can to protect their children from peer pressure, mental illness, and the like. They want children and adolescents to feel comfortable expressing their needs and fears.
Talking about substance use disorders is hard, but talking about it is one of the most important protective factors for a parent. How do you start the conversation? What if your child gets defensive or shuts down? How do you motivate them to prevent substance use for themselves?
You want children and teens to understand the consequences of drug and alcohol abuse. If you and your partner are working full time or you’re a single parent, it can be a challenge to carve out family time to teach kids that making good choices matters.
Reality Tour is an inclusive drug prevention program developed by a parent for parents. You and your child will learn coping skills and hear real experiences that can stay with you both for years.
Reality Tour Substance Abuse Prevention Outcomes
Survey: Parents 90 days after attending Reality Tour
Felt it was important to attend the program with their child0%
Now store Rx meds securely in the home0%
Were still using the information in talks with their child0%
Shared what they learned with other parents0%
Felt it was one of the most important programs they had ever attended0%
Utilized the suggested family home prevention activities0%
Survey: Youth 90 days after attending Reality Tour
Had shared something they learned with their peers0%
Felt use of illegal drugs was wrong for someone their age0%
Said talks with parents about drugs/alcohol were easier and more frequent0%
Said they will never forget their Reality Tour experience0%
Participated in the recommended family home prevention activities0%
Worked on the goals they set at Reality Tour0%
Reality Tour is a community-based drug prevention system designed as a single event to engage parents, but it’s also a vehicle that networks community resources to enhance prevention on multi-levels. Held in the evening or weekend so parents WILL attend, the system puts parent and child on the same page. Reality Tour® is not scare tactics, per our University of Pittsburgh researcher’s documentation. A needs assessment survey of parents in 2002 revealed their desire for prevention programs to include the possible, ultimate consequences of experimentation.
Reality Tour is delivered in 3 parts:
1. The Consequences
- Narrated scenes of life
- Emotional learning for lasting recall
- Appropriate for youth ages 10-17 with a parent
2. The Coping Skills
- Recognize 1st signs of use
- Personal goals for drug prevention developed
- Refusal skills engagement
- Home prevention launch materials
- Enduring impact on teen brain
3. The Interviews
- Law officer relates local trends
- Youth in recovery de-glamourizes use
Yes, pre-registration is required. This helps volunteers prepare in advance. Some locations charge $5 per person to attend, others may waive the fee. The fee is always waived for families on free or reduced lunch programs. To register visit our location page.
Reality Tour runs approximately 2 hours. It is most often held in the evenings or on a weekend so parents can attend.
Reality Tour is appropriate for children age 10 to 17. A parent or guardian must attend with their child.
YES, parent(s) or guardians must attend with THEIR child. We say this experience is as important as your child’s wedding or graduation! The dialogue that continues beyond Reality Tour is a key factor in prevention.
No, parents cannot bring their friend’s children. Children must attend with their parent or legal guardian.
You can register for Reality Tour by going to our locations page. Reality Tour is replicated in several states. Find the Tour nearest you, download and mail registration form with payment to the address listed, or register online if available. The cost to license the program model is an affordable $3,500 with an annual renewal fee of $500.
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