Drug Crisis in our Backyard is happy to announce the first issue of our quarterly newsletter. This gives us the opportunity to introduce our not-for-profit community action organization to those new to us. Drug Crisis in our Backyard was founded in June of 2012 after the death of our oldest son Justin and the Christiansen’s son Erik to an overdose. We speak for all the families that wish they could have done more to save their loved ones. To that end, we started DCIOBY, we got connected with treatment facilities, local prevention councils, local governmental units, we got educated on treatments that have better outcomes, connected with addiction prescribers, therapists and certified peer recovery advocates. We learned what we didn’t know so that we could help families navigate the chaos created by the disease of addiction.
Our Mission then and now:
COVID was very detrimental to us as it was for many organizations that depend on community outreach to get their information to the general public. However, we did prevail and our support group that had been meeting at the Mahopac Library and Yorktown Cultural Center went virtual via zoom in March 2020. Since then, our reach has expanded and we have people who come from different parts of the country. Our support group is a combination of education and peer support. (Link to the support group) We practice strategies to influence change in a loved one’s behavior. These strategies are taken from the CRAFT model (Community Reinforcement and Family Training). We are having a full training on Oct. 16th via zoom from 9:30-2:00 PM. This session will be conducted by the Center for Motivation and Change. Registration is required here.
Drug Crisis in our Backyard works with many coalitions and providers in Westchester and Putnam Counties to provide resources for families. These resources may include help for a loved one misusing drugs or it may be for the family members that are in turmoil because of the devastating effects of addiction. In either case, we have professionals that can help. Please feel free to reach out to us via our website at www.drugcrisisinourbackyard.org
Founder and Executive Director