Our Brand New Website!

CPMA and Rethink the Drink has now become Bartow Against Drugs

After being selected to take part in the implementation of a statewide Alcohol Prevention Initiative in the Fall of 2011- through the Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD), we formed as the ‘Coalition to Prevent the Misuse of Alcohol’ (CPMA).

During this time, our focus has been on reducing the early onset of alcohol use among youth and reducing access to alcohol among youth. In early 2018, the Coalition rebranded as Bartow Against Drugs (BAD), and expanded our efforts to include additional substance use issues within Bartow County and to serve as a vital resource for community members looking for help.

BAD collaborates with local community members and organizations to ensure that Bartow County is aware of the local substance use issues among youth, and how we can work together to reduce these problems. We hope to serve as a resource for concerned parents, grandparents, or friends looking to find help for their loved one, as well as working to educate our future generations on the impact of their life choices.

To find out more about what we do, check out our About section on our new website!

Want to connect? Check us out on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram! “Like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram to show your pledge to rethink the drink.

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Declining Among Minors

According to some reports, alcohol and other drug use is declining among minors as the years progress. This is terrific news and we hope that the minors in Polk and Bartow Counties will contribute to these statistics! Please rethink the drink during the holidays and throughout all year! Your life is not benefited by illegally drinking and taking drugs. Your life can only be enhanced by avoiding them. Think logically and wisely! Make good, responsible choices. We’re here to help.

If you are a parent looking to take our survey, click here.

Want to connect with Rethink the Drink? Check us out on FacebookTwitterPinterestInstagram, and our CPMA Website! “Like” us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Pinterest to show your pledge to rethink the drink.

Youth Action Team Creates a Giant Red Ribbon!

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Check out our Youth Action team members at Woodland High School creating a giant red ribbon for Red Ribbon Week! It’s fabulous to see such conscientious youth in our community! Go Youth Action Team! Rethink the drink and stay away from drugs!

If you are a parent looking to take our survey, click here.

Want to connect with Rethink the Drink? Check us out on FacebookTwitterPinterestInstagram, and our CPMA Website! “Like” us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Pinterest to show your pledge to rethink the drink.

Bartow County Citizens! Check Out This Survey!!

BARTOW FOR HEALTHY MINDS (BHM)* invites you to complete a survey which seeks to identify gaps in systems and gathers information to aid in planning for improving behavioral, mental, and emotional health in Bartow County.

The survey is for people who live and/or work in Bartow County.  It is very brief and can be completed in less than 5 minutes.

PLEASE GO TO  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BartowforHealthyMinds TO COMPLETE THE SURVEY.

The link will be active until May 22nd.

*BARTOW FOR HEALTH MINDS (formerly Behavioral and Emotional Health Resources) is A coalition dedicated to improving behavioral, mental, and emotional health in Bartow County.

Woodland High School Students Participate in AlcoholEDU Program

Below, you can see Bartow County’s Woodland High School students hard at work on the AlcoholEDU curriculum. AlcoholEDU is a program for teens and their parents designed to help prevent alcohol abuse in the participants using project-based learning and evidence-based information.

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Want to connect with Rethink the Drink? Check us out on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and our CPMA Website! “Like” us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Pinterest to show your pledge to rethink the drink.

Youth Action Team Promotes the Rethink the Drink Pledge!

ATTENTION: Click here to take survey on the Teen Maze in Polk County! It’s a follow-up survey on this event and if you participated or were involved, please take it to give us your feedback. 🙂

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Baylee Conger, Kayla Walker, and David Pye (featured left to right) are members of the Bartow County Youth Action Team. In the photo above, these students are advocating the Rethink the Drink Pledge at Woodland High School in Cartersville, GA. The Youth Action Team seeks to equip their community with information and strategies needed to promote positive youth development and involvement, improve community conditions, and address issues associated with the community. If you are interested in the Youth Action Team in Bartow or Floyd County, please check out their website and contact them!

Let’s celebrate our young people who choose to make wise choices for themselves and who take a stand for those choices in their communities!

Want to connect with Rethink the Drink? Check us out on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and our CPMA Website! “Like” us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Pinterest to show your pledge to rethink the drink!

Safe Choices During Homecoming Season

Many schools celebrated their Homecoming games and dances this past weekend. Some schools will have their Homecomings in the weeks ahead. Whenever your Homecoming celebration is, I truly hope that you’ll pledge to make wise choices–particularly when it comes to alcohol and other drugs. It is not necessary to drink in order to have a fun Homecoming night! Instead of giving into peer pressure to participate in unsafe activities, make the choice to have safe, drug-free fun with your friends!

TIPS FOR A SAFE HOMECOMING

1. Participate in the school sponsored activities (i.e. the football games, dances, and parades) where there will be adult chaperones

2. Let your parents know where you are and who you are with throughout the entire evening so they can be sure you are safe

3. Refuse to get into the cars of friends who have been drinking

4. Stay away from peer parties where you know alcohol will be served

5. Be confident in your decision to refrain from drinking and taking other drugs. You are making a wise choice that will protect yourself and others!!

For those of you who have already had your homecoming, I hope that you made good choices and made the decision to be a good role model to your friends.

We’d love it if you’d help spread the word about and support Rethink the Drink! For more resources like this, be sure to follow us on Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook (Youth), and Facebook (Adults)! “Like” us and follow us in these places to show your support for and pledge to Rethink the Drink!