ASAP-Act, Support, Alcohol, Prevention, for youth

by Beauchamp Charity Foundation
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ASAP-Act, Support, Alcohol, Prevention, for youth
ASAP-Act, Support, Alcohol, Prevention, for youth
ASAP-Act, Support, Alcohol, Prevention, for youth


A serious social problem in the world today is the misuse of drugs and alcohol, and Nicaragua is not exempt from this. When people reach the point where their livelihood is threatened, the best course of action is to enter a rehabilitation center. In San Marcos, Carazo, the Addiction Rehabilitation Home (HODERA) is the only sanctuary for people fighting addiction. HODERA is responsible for providing specialized help with any type of addictions to people of all ages and nationalities.
The center was founded on May 30, 1995 under the name “Casa Esperanza” by Ernesto Ortega and a determined group of people from Managua. The name was changed to “Hogar de Rehabilitación del Adicto” (HODERA) by Miguel López, the current director.
During the last trip ASAP made to Nicaragua, we met with Mr. López , and he gave us an explanation of their program. We also had conversations with some of the patients. One of them was Martin López, who, after losing many years of his life to drugs and alcohol, is now a Christian boy with hopes of inserting himself back into society. “My life and therefore that of my family changed from the moment I entered HODERA.” The center currently serves 54 patients between the ages of 16 and 60, although these figures vary due to the entry of new patients and the departure of those who have been rehabilitated.
The center currently has a qualified staff of three therapists, all former addicts, who are dedicated to helping people recover from addiction. ASAP decided to contribute financially to the center to help them continue their important work serving the people of Nicaragua who suffer from this illness. More information will be posted over the summer. Thank you for your support.

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ASAP (Act Support Alcohol Prevention) will continue 2019 with events that will educate parents in our community. The Workshop with Doctor Tàlamo that took place few months ago, turned out to be a great event and parents were impressed with it. They learned alot of ways about how to communicate with our children. They learned Facts on alcohol consumption at an early age (pre teens and teens)  We will continue our efforst with a second workshop with Doctor Tàlamo. 

Some of the main points for the workshop: (among others)


Explain teens behaviors and the reason (s) why they want to consume alcohol.

Explain the importance of "reinforcement" of no alcohol at an early age.

Explain how communication with our kids is extremely important (active family and community involvement) Improvement of parent-child relations using positive reinforcement, listening and communication skills, and problem solving. 

Doctor Talamo will explain the importance of development of personal, social, and resistance skills.


Our next workshop will take place:

Fecha:      Mach 9, 2019

Lugar:      Coral Gables, Florida 

For more information please contact our offices at 305-297-4241

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"How to Talk with Your Children about Alcohol"

“There is no responsible alcohol consumption in minors,” explained psychologist Gerardo Talamo, Ph.D., M.Ed., during a workshop for parents entitled, "How to Talk with Your Children about Alcohol," which was organized by ASAP on Saturday, August 25, in Coral Gables, Florida.

Dr. Talamo, who is an expert in alcohol abuse prevention, met with more than a dozen parents for four hours to explore ways of communicating with their children the importance of avoiding the consumption of alcohol at an early age.

Adelmary Salgueiro, a consultant in Human Management, Training and Learning, also participated in the workshop and explained a method that incorporates attitude, modeling, trust, and effective communication, as parents have ongoing discussions about this important topic with their children. Participants were also led through exercises using the tools of “mindfulness,” designed to help parents listen carefully to what their children are saying without judging them.

During this workshop the behavior of adolescents, the reasons why they consume alcohol, and the factors that affect lower or higher consumption were also examined. Dr. Talamo explained that the part of the brain dedicated to pleasure develops long before the part of the brain dedicated to judgment. "That's why young people are like racing cars with bicycle brakes.” Consequently, it is even more important for parents to reinforce avoiding alcohol consumption with their children.

Finally, Dr Talamo explained what parents could to to help their children avoid alcohol consumption.

First, they should support resilience as a personal resourse to strengthen positive decisions during adolescence. Second, parents must understand and model the concept of responsible consumption.


Parents who attended found this experience helpful.
Angela Saldarriaga, one of the participants and mother of two teenagers, said, “I love the compilation of information; it is worth reinforcing knowledge.”

"I found the content of the workshop excellent," said Margarita Peralta-Tuckey, mother of a young child and a teenager. "What surprised me the most was learning that they have found a correlation between alcohol and prostate and breast cancer," she said. "When I was growing up in Colombia, I learned about drugs, but not so much about alcohol."

As a result of this workshop, parents who attended will have the information necessary to talk with their children knowledgeably and confidently about this important topic.



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Visits to rehabilitation clinics in Nicaragua
Visits to rehabilitation clinics in Nicaragua

After a successful symposium, we continue spreading education on prevention of alcohol among youth. With Dr. Gerardo Tálamo, we have created several talks specially for  parents to educate and inform them the danger of alcohol consumption  among kids and teenagers, and soon, a workshop by Doctor Tálamo . Dr Tálamo with a Master of Education (Columbia University, New York) Doctor of Philosophy (Stanford University, California) has written a book, How to Talk to your Kids about Alcohol. 

Also, in the near future, our most anticipated Symposium in Miami, Florida with guest speakers and panelists specialized in the field of alcohol prevention. We will keep you informed. Thank you for your continuous support to this amazing project.

Valentina Beauchamp and Dr. Stadthagen
Valentina Beauchamp and Dr. Stadthagen
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Article from LA PRENSA
Article from LA PRENSA

Our First Symposium in Nicaragua was a success! More than 300 people attended. The symposium had a group of panelists who shared their expertise in the prevention of alcohol use among youth.  The Symposium was the first collaboration between ASAP for youth and FIU-BRIDGE. The panelists engaged the audience in a discussion that included the risks of alcohol consumption among youth and the physical, psychological, and social consequences. 

David Stadthagen, director of Centro de Especialidades en Adicciones ( in Nicaragua, confirmed that the number of kids between the age of 13 and 18 years old that are seeking help with rehabilitation is increasing. 

Doctor Greylin Rojas, Clinical Psychiatrist, explained during her participation in the conference that many teens who suffer from depression and anxiety are at greater risk for developing an alcohol problem. She emphasized the importance of parents' attention to their adolescent's behaviors.

Dr. Francisco Landero from ICAD ( talked about the programs ICAD is offering. ICAD focus on training other organizations on prevention, treatments and rehabilitation to persons with alcohol related problems and their families. 

Dr. Wagner talked about the danger of binge drinking. Consuming alcohol in large amounts or using alcohol frequently can cause neurological damage. It can affect attention spam, concentration, and the ability to understand and use information. This occurs because the brain is in a critical developmental stage, and the damage that is done to the nerve tissue at this stage can be permanent. Dr. Ulises, an ER doctor and panelist agreed with Dr. Wagner and spoke about the increasing number of accidents among adolescents (car accidents and alcohol intoxications to mention some)

Dr. Eric Wagner said it is very important for parents to be able to communicate openly and effectively with their children.

"Parents are their child's strongest role model. Let your child know that you are open to a conversation about alcohol with them and that you want to hear their thoughts. Nurturing your child by recognizing their strengths and interests and providing them with support in the areas where they need it can help them to build positive self-esteem. Provide them with opportunities to practice skills that make them feel competent and capable".  

ASAP for youth Junior Volunteer Captain, Valentina Beauchamp, gave a wonderful speech about her own experience as a teenager. She says Miami life has urged her to grow up very quickly, and even though she was not pressured to drink, it is still natural for a teenager to live these experiences. Valentina said "Luckily for me I set myself up with a good group of friends. Also, I am lucky to be born in a time when more education is rising about the dangers of under-age drinking. We are more informed and I have the privilege to receive this knowledge. With ASAP, and luckily with the help of you all, we can spread this knowledge and even save lives! She emphasized the importance of supporting each other as a community, with education as the key.

With ASAP's help we can prevent dangers that result from underage drinking.

Please see the attachments and photos with articles from the symposium and visits to schools with Doctor Eric Wagner.  Stay tuned for more information about our visits to rehabilitation centers in Nicaragua and how they are helping the community.

Thank you very much for your support! We couldn't have done it without YOU!

Dir.of ASAP doing Q&A w/ Dr Wagner at St.Augustine
Dir.of ASAP doing Q&A w/ Dr Wagner at St.Augustine
Visit to St. Augustine Preparatory School
Visit to St. Augustine Preparatory School
Valentina Beauchamp,ASAP Jr. Captain w/ Dr. Wagner
Valentina Beauchamp,ASAP Jr. Captain w/ Dr. Wagner
Valentina Beauchamp at Lincoln School
Valentina Beauchamp at Lincoln School
Juan Manuel Caldera (panelist)
Juan Manuel Caldera (panelist)
Lincoln students attended a talk by Dr.Wagner
Lincoln students attended a talk by Dr.Wagner
David Stadthagen, Director of CEA (panelist)
David Stadthagen, Director of CEA (panelist)
Dr. Greylin A. Rojas from CEA (panelist)
Dr. Greylin A. Rojas from CEA (panelist)


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