Watch: 'Awkward Conversations' Podcast Season 3
The Drug Enforcement Administration is pleased to announce the next installment of its collaboration with the Elks Drug Awareness Program.
Welcome to "Awkward Conversations," a transformative podcast where "Full House" and "Fuller House" actress Jodie Sweetin and Amy McCarthy of Boston Children's Hospital delve into crucial topics surrounding drug use prevention and parenting. In this gripping third season, we aim to empower parents and caregivers with knowledge, awareness, and actionable insights to raise drug-free kids and navigate the challenges of modern-day parenting.
Join us on this empowering journey of education, awareness, and meaningful conversations to create a safer and healthier future for our children.
Scroll down to check out the trailer and the full episodes when they drop each Wednesday!
In our first episode, we lay the foundation for the entire season by exploring the paramount importance of building a bond with our kids. Our expert guest, Dr. Shefali, a renowned clinical psychologist, NYT best selling author, and advocate for conscious parenting, joins us to share profound insights on how relationships act as the best weapon in keeping our children safe.
Join hosts Jodie Sweetin and Amy McCarthy in part one of a insightful two-part Awkward Conversations episode. They engage in candid talks about body image, wellness, and the vital issue of drug misuse - topics that resonate with all teens, whether they're casual athletes, high school sports stars, or not in sports. Former Packers player Ryan Grant joins them to share personal experiences and insights on how supportive environments help youth resist negative influences, regardless of their athletic status. Donald Hooton Jr., president of the Taylor Hooton Foundation, sheds light on steroid misuse symptoms and mental health implications.
In part two of "Not Just a Game: Student Athletes & Opioids," our expert guest, Dr. Averill Sutchar, Founder of Physio Project HQ, brings his expertise in sports injuries and physical therapy to the discussion. We explore the reasons behind opioid misuse, particularly in the context of managing pain and injuries among young athletes.
In this heartfelt episode of Awkward Conversations, we embark on an emotional journey with Deborah as she shares her daughter Dana's struggle with substance misuse, which ultimately took her life. Deborah discusses the challenges she faced, including her desperate attempts to find treatments for her daughter. Joanna, Dana’s childhood friend and a senior prevention program manager at the DEA, also joins the conversation and provides valuable insights on recognizing signs of substance misuse.
The episode emphasizes the importance of breaking the stigma surrounding substance misuse and mental health. Deborah bravely uses her experience to help others, advocating for overdose prevention and recovery support. She reminds parents that substance misuse can affect any family, urging them not to ignore any signs and to be actively engaged in their children's lives.
DEA Special Agent Timothy P. McMahon shares common ways that kids hide drugs in plain sight and what signs to look for with changes to personality, involvement, or money use. He discusses with the hosts tips on how to talk to your child about drugs and how to respond with love rather than anger if you discover your child is using drugs. This topic can be scary and overwhelming to parents but they need to remember the sooner you address it, the better.
In a world where early intervention can make all the difference, Episode 6 of our series, "No Time to Waste: Getting Help for Your Child's Drug Use," delves into the vital realm of preventing and addressing adolescent drug misuse. From recognizing the signs of drug misuse to navigating the myriad of resources available, this episode embarks on a journey of knowledge and compassion, equipping you with essential insights for both early detection and intervention.
This episode is a comprehensive guide for parents and guardians, offering invaluable strategies to ensure the safety and well-being of young drivers. With a focus on proactive preparation, the hosts explore essential topics such as building smart pedestrian habits, refining driving skills, and addressing the unique challenges posed by adolescent brain development. From fostering open conversations about driving under the influence to utilizing technology and contracts to promote responsible behaviors, this episode empowers parents to guide their teen drivers through these potentially hazardous scenarios.