This workshop will include information about the substance abuse epidemic affecting our community. We will also explore causes (choices, coercion, peer pressure, parents) and how to overcome, provide suggestions for prevention, and how to implement innovative strategies. This session will explore what has and has not worked and what can be done more efficiently. The facilitator’s personal journey will offer insight to the various effects of addiction, including mental health, depression, and thoughts of suicide. After this training, the participants will be able to identify innovative steps and strategies to address the causes and effects of substance abuse and other challenges our children, young adults and older adults are facing.